160 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.

The Opel Astra is already enjoying good sales in Europe and now the German company is making it even more desirable with a new 1.6-liter biturbo diesel engine. The manufacturer says the unit is the perfect choice for customers, who like “hot chili sauce on his toast,” but behind this advertising slogan is hiding a 160-horsepower (118-kilowatt) 1.6 BiTurbo CDTI motor that consumes 58.8-57.4 miles per gallon (4.0-4.1 liters per 100 kilometers) on the NEDC combined cycle with corresponding CO2 emissions of 106-109 grams per kilometer.

Opel explains the Astra Hatch equipped with the 1.6 biturbo diesel sprints from a standstill to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in 8.6 seconds, while the 50 to 75 mph (80 to 120 km/h) acceleration takes 7.5 seconds. Top speed stands at 137 mph (220 km/h).

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But what’s more important for everyday use, the new engine delivers its maximum torque of 258 pound-feet (350 newton meters) at low 1,500 rpm. Combined with a low weight, the car “gains speed quickly from low rpm” and “revs smoothly and progressively up to the maximum power output at 4,000 rpm.”

At least for now, the four-cylinder 1.6 BiTurbo engine with sequential, two-stage turbocharging will be offered exclusively with a six-speed manual gearbox. When equipped with the new engine, the European Car of the Year will be available at $31,124 (€ 27,310) in Germany. The new diesel will be offered only for the Astra Hatch, but we expect it to join the Astra Sports Tourer range soon.

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Powerful: 1.6 BiTurbo CDTI with 118 kW/160 hp
Major plus-point: Maximum 350 Nm torque from only 1,500 rpm
Agile and efficient combination: Lightweight architecture and latest diesel technology
Rüsselsheim. If you are the kind of person who likes hot chili sauce on his toast and you are in the market for a sensible yet spicy five-door hatchback, the Opel Astra with the all-new 1.6-liter BiTurbo diesel engine is the car for you (NEDC combined cycle fuel consumption: 4.1-4.0 l/100 km; 109-106g/km CO2). The Astra 1.6 BiTurbo CDTI sprints from zero to 100 km/h in 8.6 seconds; accelerates from 80 to 120 km/h in 7.5 seconds; and keeps loping on to a maximum speed of 220 km/h. This blend of high performance and modest fuel consumption makes the twin-turbo Astra one of the most fuel-efficient cars in the compact class.

In addition to outstanding fuel efficiency, flexibility (or pulling power) is the major plus-point of the top-of-the-line 118 kW/160 hp engine. The maximum 350 Newton meters of torque are available at only 1,500 rpm. In combination with low mass – the new Astra is up to 200 kg lighter than the previous model – and good throttle response, the BiTurbo gains speed quickly from low rpm. Mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, the four-cylinder engine with sequential, two-stage turbocharging revs smoothly and progressively up to the maximum power output at 4,000 rpm. The engine is also very refined, making the Astra’s passenger compartment a particularly quiet, comfortable and roomy space in which to travel.

“When we launched the Astra last year, its combination of space, equipment, comfort and connectivity shook up the competition in the compact class”, says Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann, Opel CEO. “The new Astra is one of the lightest cars in its segment and with the new 1.6-liter twin-turbo engine, few cars can match the BiTurbo’s unique blend of power, performance, refinement and fuel economy.”

An all-new lightweight architecture provides the basis for both the five-door Astra hatchback and the Sports Tourer. Smartphone integration and the groundbreaking personal connectivity and service assistant Opel OnStar enable ultra-modern connectivity. The Astra also continues Opel’s tradition of bringing features previously only available in higher market segments into the compact class, such as IntelliLux LED® matrix lights.

These qualities have already won the Astra many prizes. In addition to the 2016 European Car Of The Year title, the new Astra has picked up international awards such as SAFETYBEST 2015 and the 2015 Golden Steering Wheel. It also received the maximum five stars for its performance in the Euro NCAP crash test. The Astra BiTurbo hatchback is a winner of important comparison tests in the automotive media too. In Germany, Auto Zeitung headlined, “Opel Astra beats the premium league” after the new Astra’s victory over the Mercedes A 220d and BMW 118d (edition 10/2016); and Europe’s biggest car magazine, AutoBild (edition 17/2016) announced that the Opel Astra “even leaves BMW behind.”

Prices for the new five-door Astra 1.6 BiTurbo CDTI begin at a very attractive € 27,310.