Holden Astra Hatchback or Sedan? Tips to make the right choice
So, you’re hunting for a new car and you’ve narrowed your options down to two vehicles – the Holden Astra Sedan and the Holden Astra Hatchback. Well done you! They’re both excellent cars.
Both the Sedan and Hatch have features that make them pretty unique, which makes this last decision a tough one. How are you going to work out which one you want to drive away in? Read on to find out what you need to know about making a call between the two so you drive away happy.
Hatch or Sedan - The Overview
It’s not an easy choice, but regardless, it needs to be the right one. Here’s the key things you should know or consider to make the right decision.
First, let’s cover off some basics.
What is a hatchback?
It’s a smaller passenger car, typically with 5 seats and a larger boot – with a twist. Unlike most standard cars where the car’s roof comes down to meet the base of the boot, hatchbacks instead have a 5th door fitted on the back, meaning you can access all of the boot at once. This is super useful if you take long trips often, or realise the first bag of shopping you need was also the one you crammed right at the back.
What is a Sedan?
Sedans take their name from royal surroundings, where a throne would be given a roof so servants could carry distinguished individuals around outside without them being affected by the elements. They follow a more traditional model of car, where the roof slopes down to meet a boot that’s separate from the main passenger seating areas.
Your Key Tips for Choosing the Right Option
Now you’ve got the difference between hatchbacks and designs clear in your mind, it’s time to look at the details. Here are the points you need to consider carefully before moving forward with a choice.
Decide how important engine power is
This is one of the core points that divides the two models. Although hatchbacks and Sedans typically share key features, one area they differ in is core engine power. And with the Holden sedan, the engine is more powerful than the hatchback.
This heightened engine power can gift both driver and passengers with a smoother, more enjoyable ride from A to B. Whether this is essential, however, is up to you.
Do you need heaps of leg room?
One of the biggest gripes Australia’s drivers have with hatchbacks is that, well, they can get kind of cosy. Sadly, the Holden Astra hatchback is no different. If you’re on the taller side, or have teenage kids who could hit a growth spurt at any minute, a sedan might be a better option.
As they’re longer, sedans often have more leg room for both driver and passengers, and this is definitely the case with the Holden Astra. Sit inside and you’ll find yourself seated comfortably, with plenty of leg room to spare.
Do you prefer a louder engine, or a quieter drive?
Another big one. The fact is, when it comes down to engine noise, everyone is different. And whether you prefer a louder, more immersive experience or a quieter, and more relaxing drive is entirely up to you. The Holden Astra hatchback typically offers a louder drive, as there’s less distance between the engine and the passenger cabin. The sedan, on the other hand, emits less noise, as there are more layers between the engine and cabin to dampen the sound.
Whilst a loud engine might be nice for longer out-of-town road trips (when you’re more likely to have the opportunity to really open up the engine and enjoy!), it may be less desirable if you’re mostly doing inner city driving.
Making the Final Choice
At the end of the day, which option you go for is entirely up to you. One thing’s for sure, though – if you don’t do your research properly, you’re going to have a much harder time. And although reading up on both models online serves to give you an overview, there’s only one way to know for sure – checking them out in person.
Get in touch with our Holden team today and enquire about a 24 hour test drive so you can really get a feel for the model you’re leaning towards and make the right decision.