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Review: The all-new Opel Astra is certainly a beauty, but is there more to it than a pretty face?

Will good looks and keen pricing be enough to woo buyers to Opel’s all new Astra or will another beauty in the hatchback market catch their eye?

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The sixth generation Astra.

The sixth generation Astra.

The Pure Panel fully digital cockpit with wide- screens and intuitive controls

The Pure Panel fully digital cockpit with wide- screens and intuitive controls

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The sixth generation Astra.

Studies show that life is better when you’re good-looking: in our beauty-obsessed world people deemed attractive have an easier time job hunting, get promoted quicker and are offered higher salaries. But does this bias toward beauty inform our car buying decisions? This week’s test car is the stunning Opel Astra, so do good looking cars have the edge?

The new Astra features a bold design and Opel’s latest “Vizor” look — this is a new front face that will feature on all the brand’s models throughout the 2020s. Sweeping across the front of the car just below the bonnet, the headlights, grille and the newly designed Opel Blitz lightning bolt logo in the centre are integrated into one element. At the back the new brand identity continues with ultra-slim LED-rear lights.


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