Volkswagen Golf 2012 vs Opel Astra 2012

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Volkswagen Golf
2012 - 2017
Opel Astra
2012 - 2016
Gearbox: Manual/AutomaticManual/Automatic
Wheel drive type: Front wheel drive (FWD) / All wheel drive (AWD, 4x4)Front wheel drive (FWD)
Volkswagen Golf is available with front wheel drive and four wheel (4x4) drive, while Opel Astra can be equipped only with front wheel drive.
Engines: 1.0 - 2.0 (petrol, diesel)1.2 - 2.0 (petrol, diesel, lPG)


Power: 85 - 184 HP95 - 180 HP
Torque: 160 - 380 NM130 - 350 NM
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 7.9 - 12.6 seconds8.8 - 14.9 seconds
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Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption (l/100km): 3.9 - 5.34.0 - 7.4
Volkswagen Golf petrol engines consumes on average 1.4 litres less fuel per 100 km than Opel Astra. On average, Volkswagen Golf equipped with diesel engines consume 0.1 litres less fuel per 100 km than the Opel Astra.
This comparison does not take engine capacity into account, so to compare the fuel consumption of specific engines, select the car version!
Ground clearance: 131 - 140 mm (5.2 - 5.5 inches)165 - 168 mm (6.5 - 6.6 inches)
Because of the higher ground clearance, Opel Astra can perform better on bad roads - it can go over higher obstacles and bumps. At the same time, the higher ground clearance can reduce stability and handling on paved roads, especially at higher speeds.


Length: 4.56 m4.70 m
Width: 1.80 m1.81 m
Height: 1.48 m1.54 m
Volkswagen Golf is smaller.
Volkswagen Golf is 14 cm shorter than the Opel Astra, 2 cm narrower, while the height of Volkswagen Golf is 5 cm lower.
Trunk capacity: 605 litres500 litres
Trunk max capacity:
with rear seats folded down
1620 litres1550 litres
Volkswagen Golf has more luggage capacity.
Even though the car is shorter, Volkswagen Golf has 105 litres more trunk space than the Opel Astra. The Opel Astra may have more interior space, so the cabin could be more spacious and more comfortable for the driver and passengers. The maximum boot capacity (with all rear seats folded down) is larger in Volkswagen Golf (by 70 litres).
Turning diameter: 10.9 meters11.5 meters
The turning circle of the Volkswagen Golf is 0.6 metres less than that of the Opel Astra, which means Volkswagen Golf can be easier to manoeuvre in tight streets and parking spaces.
Gross weight (kg): ~ 1`917~ 2`034
Safety: no data
above average

above average
Average price (€): 98005800
Rating in user reviews: 8.7/10 8.2/10
Pros and Cons: Volkswagen Golf has
  • available with 4x4 drive
  • petrol and diesel engines available
  • lower fuel consumption
  • roomier boot
  • better manoeuvrability
Opel Astra has
  • petrol, diesel and LPG engines available
  • higher ground clearance
  • fewer faults
  • lower price
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