Despite being mere months away from discontinuation, Holden’s Astra hatch has received a mid-life facelift for 2020.
Holden has made a range of updates both inside and out – changes include a revised from bumper, new alloy wheel designs, updated infotainment system, the addition of a digital instrument cluster and more.
Kicking off the 2020 range is the R, priced from $23,740 plus on-road costs. Standard equipment includes a 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, leather-wrapped steering wheel, cloth upholstery, 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic LED headlights, LED daytime-running lights, reversing camera and rain-sensing wipers.
The list of standard active safety features is plentiful too, with all models from the R up sporting autonomous emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane departure warning with lane keep assist, and regular cruise control.
Powering the entry-level hatch is a 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, producing 110kW of power and 240Nm of torque. Drive is sent to the front wheels solely through a six-speed torque-converter automatic transmission – fuel use is rated at 5.8 litres per 100 kilometres on the combined cycle.
The R+ model has been omitted for 2020, leaving the RS as the mid-grade variant, priced from $27,990 plus on-road costs.
Under the bonnet lies a larger 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, developing a punchy 147kW of power and 280Nm of torque (or 300Nm on overboost). The front-wheel-drive layout and six-speed auto gearbox remain, though fuel use jumps to 6.3L/100km combined.
Additional kit over the R includes an 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, digital radio and satellite navigation, an 8.0-inch semi-digital instrument cluster, dual-zone climate control, rear privacy glass, electrochromatic rear-view mirror, keyless entry, push-button start, heated and power folding side mirrors, automatic park assist and blind-spot monitoring.
It also gains a plethora of sporty exterior touches, including a black roof, black door handles, black mirror caps and black 17-inch sports alloy wheels.
Sitting atop the range is the RS-V, priced from $32,990 plus on-road costs. It adds larger 18-inch alloy wheels, LED tail-lights, leather trim, remote engine start, wireless phone charging, heated steering wheel, heated front seats, electric sunroof, electric parking brake and adaptive cruise control.
The RS’ punchy 1.6-litre turbo-four carries over to the flagship variant, as does the fuel economy claim.
Five paint colours are available across the range – Absolute Red, Summit White, Nitrate Silver, Mineral Black and Cosmic Grey – with an additional Nautic Blue hue offered to entry-level R buyers. All colours bar Absolute Red and Summit White command a $550 premium.
The 2020 Holden Astra touches down in dealerships this month.
2020 Holden Astra pricing (plus on-road costs):
- R: $23,740
- RS: $27,990
- RS-V: $32,990