The new British built Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer has gone on sale priced from £16,585 for the entry level ‘Design’ Edition.
There is a four trim line-up that includes Design, Tech Line, SRi and Elite, with Nav versions of the SRi and Elite editions.
Power comes from both petrol and diesel units, ranging in power from 110PS through to 200PS – there is 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol Turbo Start/Stop ecoFLEX which sees emissions of 97g/km when mated to a an Easytronic five-speed automatic transmission. There are a range of 1.6-litre diesel units, including the 1.6-litre ‘Whisper Diesel’ (110PS - 83.1 mpg - 89 g/km) Start/Stop ecoFLEX. And there is the top of range 1.6-litre petrol engine (200PS/300Nm – 45.6 mpg – 142 g/km) in SRi guise, that promises 0-60 mph in 7.2 seconds and top speed of 146 mph.
The new Sports Tourer has pretty much the same footprint as the old estate, measuring in at (h) 4,702mm x (w) 1,871mm x (h) 1,510mm with increased interior space. It has also been on diet loosing up to 190 kgs (about two adults) depending on the specification.
The rear seats can be folded down on a 40:20:40 basis which allows for a multitude of boot configurations, with all of the rear seats down you can carry up to 1,630 litres of luggage.
You have the option of keyless entry which includes the tailgate which now can be opened and closed without the touch of hand, by a simple kicking action under the rear bumper – there is switch on the driver’s side and you can also use the remote control, which is good news if you have a disability.
Depending on the spec there is the option of LED IntelliLux matrix headlight normal only seen as an expensive extra on high end cars, such as the Audi or Mercedes and Collision Mitigation Braking and Collision Imminent Braking systems.
Connectivity comes from Vauxhall’s OnStar system which allows you to integrate you smartphone (spec dependent) with the onboard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto software. You can access maps, message reading and third-party apps (depending on the integration system) via the car controls and the Astra’s touchscreen. There is also a 4G/LTE system that provides a Wi-Fi Hotspot and access to services such as emergency services, roadside assistance and remote control through the myVauxhall App. It also powers the SOS Button that can be used to call for help in case of an emergency; it automatically seeks help should an airbag be deployed. Some of these options are subscription based please check with Vauxhall.Published 15 March 2016