Even as it consolidates platforms and powertrains on a global basis, General Motors still offers two mainstream compact vehicle offerings in Europe — the Opel Astra and the Chevy Cruze. Both utilize GM’s global Delta 2 platform and are very similar in dimensions.
And even though you told us that you prefer Opel’s interpretation of the Chevy Volt (aka Opel Ampera), we thought we’d ask which one of GM’s non Voltec-powered mainstream compacts you prefer. Here’s our brief overview of both model ranges.
While both the Cruze and Astra ranges are offered in sedan, five-door hatch, and five-door wagon body styles (ahem, in Europe), the Opel is also available in the über-sexy VW Golf/Scirocco-competing GTC as well as the drop-top Cascada. So the Opel has two extra body variants — and thus takes the lead in this round of The Clash.
Powertrain & Technology
Both the Astra and Cruze share a variety of engines, but it’s the Opel that has a wider variety… how much wider? For starters, the Astra offers eight powertrain choices, while the Cruze offers six (again, in Europe). And that’s not even counting the Astra OPC’s turbo-charged 2.0 liter mill (LHU) making 276 horses and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. Looks like the Opel wins this round, as well.
Due to its highly subjective nature, this one can go either way — and it can even sway this entire clash, as design can make or break a vehicle. So we’ll let you decide which model range is more attractive.
And with that, vote away — and then tell us the reason for your vote in the comments!