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Test Astra Sports Tourer 1.6 CDTI, Mégane Grandtour dCi 110

Achim Hartmann
Opel Astra Sports Tourer 1.6 CDTI, Renault Mégane Grandtour dCi 110
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D ie combinations of Opel and Renault are classics in the compact class, but have been on the market for almost four (Opel Astra Sports Tourer) and over five years (Renault Mégane Grandtour), respectively. Given the many younger competitors in this segment (including Skoda Octavia, Peugeot 308, Seat Leon) and the upcoming model change in the next one or two years, both are struggling with declining buyer interest. This in turn strengthens the negotiating basis for price-sensitive customers, the discount level is 20 percent in each case (source: netCar.de).

Opel Astra Sports Tourer comes as a 1.6-liter diesel

Neither Opel Astra Sports Tourer nor Mégane are scrapped. Renault donated a facelift at the beginning of the year, while Opel recently added another power variant of the new 1.6-liter diesel under the hood. 110 hp and 300 Nm from 1,750 rpm are the key data of the Euro 6 four-valve engine. With the Sports Tourer, which weighs 1,558 kilograms when empty, it has a lot of trouble getting it going. Serene characters are hardly bothered by this and, if necessary, use the shift lever, which is easy and sufficiently precise to operate, to choose a shorter gear ratio instead of the long sixth. If this happens seldom, the refined running diesel is content with less than the 6.5 liters it burned on average.

The fact that you can cover long distances with the Opel Astra Sports Tourer is very easy also in the many amenities that only the Astra surcharge list can provide. These include assistance systems such as adaptive cruise control, lane change warning and speed limit displays - but also the tightly padded, multi-adjustable and very comfortable ergonomic seats (driver's side: 390 euros) and adaptive dampers (980 euros).

You can even come up with rough bumps cope well and keep the structure calm. The more direct response of the steering around the central position speaks in favor of the sport mode, but the agile Opel Astra Sports Tourer with this engine does not arouse dynamic ambition.

Mégane weighs almost 200 kilos less than Astra

With the Renault Mégane, this is more due to the softer, but not more comfortable chassis and the less feedback-providing steering. On the other hand, it feels a bit more nailing under loadDiesel engine noticeably livelier. Although nominally by no means stronger, the 1.5-liter turbodiesel, which is still classified according to Euro 5, has a lighter game with the Mégane in the truest sense of the word - the Renault weighs almost 200 kg less than the Opel Astra Sports Tourer. The desire for more power hardly arises, and the Renault engine does not have to hide in terms of consumption and smoothness.

This lightness makes the Mégane likeable, because it is a proud 14 centimeters shorter than the Opel Astra Sports Tourer, but by no means offers less space - neither for passengers nor for luggage. The wheelbase is even slightly longer than that of the Opel. The larger door opening means that passengers in the rear can get in more easily and have more leg room. But on the back seat, which is provided with a steeper back, they are still not as comfortable as in the Astra. The upholstery in the Renault is just as soft here as on the slightly short seats in the front seats, which are not very supportive.

Opel Astra Sports Tourer costs from 23,900 euros

The luggage only needs to be lowered Loading sill can be heaved, the trunk volume is with 524 up to a maximum of 1,595 liters each just above the specifications of the Opel Astra Sports Tourer. But volume is not everything: Despite the additional foldable rear seat surface, an annoying step remains in the loading floor of the Mégane, and the roller blind often slips out of the guide and gets stuck during operation. That works better in the Astra. Here the backrests can also be unlocked from the luggage compartment and lie almost completely flat on their own. And there is no risk of bumping your head with the lock on the tailgate that swings open higher. In addition, not only the loading compartment, but the entire interior of the Opel is of higher quality and more solidly processed - both visible and tangible. The easy-to-read analog instruments and the many practical shelves are also positive. The confusing center console, which is full of buttons, will not change in this generation of models, but the Mégane with its infotainment controls, which are difficult to see through, cannot gain any points.

It only succeeds in the cost section. On the one hand because of the slightly cheaper monthly maintenance costs. But above all because of the purchase: As a special Paris model, the Mégane Grandtour dCi 110 with a base price of 21,900 euros is just as well equipped as the Opel Astra Sports Tourer 1.6 CDTI in the style version, which is available from 23,900 euros. Only as a selection (from 21,740 euros) without radio, aluminum wheels, cruise control, electric windows and rear parking sensors, the Astra can catch up with the Mégane in terms of price. But he doesn't have to. Despite the disadvantages in terms of space utilization and temperament, it is the more balanced car - and worth the extra price.

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