Estates don’t need to be dull to look at, either. The front end of Vauxhall Astra’s new Estate will be well recognised from the dynamic look of the hatchback. At the rear, eye-catching three-dimensional lights feature while the profile of the Estate is distinctive in the design of the windows which taper towards the rear.
Flat roof rails, familiar from the Vauxhall Signum, are available in black or silver, and accentuate the Estate’s elegant appearance.
Engine range same as hatch
The Astra Estate will be available with the same excellent choice of ECOTEC engines as the five-door, which means four petrol and three diesel engines with displacements from 1.4 to 2.0 litres and power outputs from 90 to 170 hp.
The diesel offering is now particularly strong with two 1.7 litre CDTi engines (80 and 100 hp) and now two 1.9 CDTi diesels as well in 120 and 150 hp versions, all of which comply with Euro 4 emissions legislation.
Transmissions range from a six-speed manual gearbox (for both of the 1.9 CDTi engines and the 2.0 turbo petrol), a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic (optional for 1.8 ECOTEC) as well as the latest version of the Easytronic which is available in combination with the 1.6 TWINPORT.Published 21 May 2004