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Opel Astra 1.0, Hyundai i30 & amp; Pulsar in comparison

Hans-Dieter Seufert
Opel Astra 1.0, Hyundai i30 & Pulsar in comparison
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J a, es there have always been reasons not to buy diesel. The lower price of the gasoline engine, for example, the finer sound or simply the knowledge that you don't drive so much that the compression-ignition engine was worthwhile in times of cheap gasoline. Schwupps: We're already at cars for those for whom a compact with a small gasoline engine is enough.

Whereby small is definitely relative: Hardly anything goes below 100 hp in the Golf class, and the turbo downsizers are increasing. Nissan no longer has a vacuum cleaner in the Pulsar , and Opel charges for the - as we will see - all-round recommendable one-liter, three-cylinder turbo only 700 euros more than for the 1.4-liter naturally aspirated 100 hp. At Hyundai the clocks tick differently - still.

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They are as fast as an airplane three not, but more comfortable than Economy Class.

Hyundai i30 from 15,390 euros

Because a three-cylinder turbo with 100 and 125 hp has already been developed, but not yet in use. The i30 1.4 still has a conventional vacuum cleaner that was revised again in the spring. He lost 14 kilograms in the process, but he still slept through the direct injection technology trend. After all, the entry-level version of the i30 1.4 lures with a price of only 15,390 euros.

The tested style version costs considerably more at 20,800 euros, but is still the second cheapest car in this test. And the equipment was not saved. Everything is on board to make you feel at home, from seat and steering wheel heating to the two-zone automatic air conditioning toChests of drawers.

The built-in materials make a good impression, the cockpit design is smart without any annoyance when it comes to operation and readability; There are plenty of large shelves. It only looks bleak with the assistance systems: when the i30 came onto the market in 2011, blind spot detectors and lane keeping were not yet the big issue in this class, and there was no awakening for them with the facelift in spring either.

Hyundai i30 with high consumption

The i30 is practical and spacious. It is the only one that has a flat loading area when the rear seats are folded down, at night the front door handles light up when the central locking is operated, and the large navigation display is easy to see. When driving, however, it becomes clearer that the comfortably resilient i30 does not come from the latest Hyundai generation, which has made a leap forward in terms of driving dynamics.

The steering is in three stages - 'Normal', 'Comfort' ',' Sport '- adjustable, but always looks a little listless and uninvolved, similar to the engine. After all, it runs quietly and with low vibrations below 4,000 revolutions. On the mountain, however, only high engine speeds help, whereby the help is manageable: beyond the 5,000, the four-cylinder starts to roar, and in the larger gears it only revs up unwillingly.

The short gear ratio of the fluffy, switchable six-speed transmission brings that not much, but it is poison for consumption and noise levels; the high test consumption of 7.6 liters shows this more clearly than the interior noise measurements do. A turbo would certainly not be wrong in this safe and well-braking Hyundai, which comes across as a well-rehearsed team without a star, but also without a total failure.

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Hyundai i30: Good quality and lots of features at an attractive price.

Nissan Pulsar with rustic equipment but plenty of rear legroom

After the one outstanding property of the Nissan Pulsar you don't have to search long. You can find them when you open the rear doors, because the leg space in front of them isn't reallycomfortable, because the rear seat bench, which is peculiarly hard and padded in the area of ​​the coccyx, is quite short, it is simply gigantic. Even adults can sit here with their legs outstretched, but the pulsar does not become a space giant: The heads of long-standing passengers come very close to the roof recesses on the sides, and there is no elbow room on the rather contourless and high-mounted front seats.

So somehow rustic it comes across, this Nissan, the Acenta in the second cheapest line, not even that is sparingly equipped and can be equipped with some assistants and even a 360-degree camera for a surcharge, but not with LED headlights. There are - do we hear the ugly word 'coupled business'? - only for the more expensive versions.

Driving pleasure with acceptable consumption

A very pleasant engine is standard. The 1.2-liter four-cylinder comes to the point without turbo lag, pulls out sturdy from below, turns well and runs cultivated. 7.2 liters of test consumption seem appropriate in view of the required sovereignty, which also has reserves for multi-person operation or grim inclines.

Disregarding the too high, less integrative seating position, this is already good prerequisites for Driving pleasure created, and that is definitely the case. It can be swung easily and fluidly through curves - here the pulsar shows its descent from the active driving Juke, although its chassis is trimmed for more comfort and the high body therefore wobbles more when changing direction. If the driver exaggerates and the latently noticeable understeer becomes too strong, the ESP intervenes rigidly, which also spoils the pulsar with the slalom test.

Another downer is poorly insulated road noise, the rather economical isolation of outside noise, especially at the rear as well as the only moderately gifted brakes. From 140 km /h, the Pulsar needs a good car length more to a standstill than the Opel.

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Nissan Pulsar: The test consumption of 7.2 liters is quite acceptable.

Dynamic Opel Astra

The Astra has become in fact, it has already earned the reputation of a talented driving dynamics driver in previous tests, and many things were simply done very right during the development process. It starts with the sitting position. The EGR seats (685 euros) can be lowered a lot, almost interlocking the driver with the car and holding him in place with great comfort even when cornering quickly. The rear of the Opel is also best seated: on taut, slightly shaped upholstery with good thigh support.

Despite the early sloping roofline, there is enough space, because even seasoned men don't hit the headliner or the front seat backrests . Only one wished the Astra a little more serenity if it took small grooves or joints under the wide wheels, which like chrome strips on the exterior, the high-quality furnishings and the WLAN hotspot including the Opel OnStar service belong to the innovation line, which costs 21,860 euros. It's not really comfortable, but on the contrary, it delivers quite a few bumps.

So he likes it tight, which wouldn't be so bad if Opel hadn't saved the adaptive chassis of the predecessor and they moved on as before, could select a soft comfort mode at the push of a button. So you have to see the jerkiness as a result of the great agility that ennobles the Astra to the driver's car of this trio. It is simply fun to circle this Opel through curves, to change the only five forward gears over short distances and to feel really fast. In terms of driving dynamics, everything fits.

Opel Astra offers driving pleasure

Objectively speaking, the economical 105 PS (test consumption 6.8 liters) do not tear up trees. But the slightly growling treble has fun pulling and turning, is always attentive to the matter and delights with good torque at medium speeds. You can turn it down to the limiter, because it goes along with it without hesitation. But you don't have to do that in order to have fun and be able to swim easily in traffic.

Of course there are downsides such as the superfluous own goal with the thick step in the trunk or the improved, but not yet completely perfect Service. In order to shine brightly in this group, the standard qualities of the Astra, the wide range of assistance systems or the optional LED matrix light are easily sufficient. And whoever moves it for longer may no longer understand the pursuit of so many others after golf - and lives happily with itAstra.

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