The new Opel Astra is definitely not a retro car. However, here and there refer to the previous generation: The gills on the C-pillar are similar to those of the Kadett D and when I enter, the standard 10-inch screen in front of the steering wheel immediately reminds me of the digital speedometer from the Kadett E. The speed is in the middle, next to it is the temperature. oil and tank level. Individually configurable and graphically sharper in the new Astra, the mouse cinema in Kadett.
Even though there are more than 30 years between these two cars, the wind noise in the Kadett GSI is no louder than in the new Astra. The 0.30 drag coefficient for the GSI was sensational at the time. However, Kadett is nowhere near good isolation from the new Opel Astra. He had nothing to offer but a carpet. But it weighs just under a ton!
And the quality is also not comparable. While nothing creaks in the Astra, the Kadett dashboard groans with every gear change. And comfort and seat upholstery naturally separated decades from development. For me, the fabric seats in the new Astra currently offer the best comfort in a compact class.
New Opel Astra and Kadett GSI both bring the mood while driving
While riding, the two generations reunite. The high-torque 2-liter petrol engine in the Kadett growls and bites harder with every speed, driving the three doors at 115 hp with ease. In the new Astra, the turbocharged 1.2-liter gasoline engine has less torque, it increases pressure quite quickly. And luckily, the 130 hp engine can be controlled with a sharp and precise 6-speed manual transmission, which is becoming increasingly rare.
Opel Kadett GSI with notable previous owners
Speaking of rarity: 90s cars are becoming more and more precious to me. With each additional year, more and more memories of the Golf 3, BMW 3 Series E36 and Opel Kadett awaken. The cars of my youth, they shape the street scene in our small town. Top models like the Kadett E GSI are very rare and even rarer than the originals like the GSI from the Opel Classic.
From 1991 to 1996 it belonged to the late former Chancellor Helmut Schmidt (read the full story here), who bought the car at the age of 73. What statement! Today I can’t imagine a politician in a Ford Focus ST or a Renault Megane RS. So feel free to take an example! However, it will be difficult with the Opel Kadett GSI, which can only be found with a lot of luck if in good condition. It’s easier to check into the new Opel Astra, which is also available as a (still) eligible plug-in hybrid.