The Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer Review 0

The Vauxhall Astra is a car which is only winning more and more awards whilst also becoming more popular amongst the British public. The Astra hatchback also won European car of the year for 2016 so, it is beginning to gain more pedigree too. But, what happens to those who want a little more space but want to keep with the same platform of car?


Well Vauxhall have released, to solve that problem of yours, the Astra Sports Tourer. It sounds fantastic doesn’t it? But, sadly, it isn’t that sporty at all. It is in fact, the Astra of old, in estate form. So, is there anything special about this new Sports Tourer at all?

Well, much like the Astra, it is widely bought because of its efficiency, its capability and it’s pricing. What has occurred with the Tourer is very similar. It is lighter than expected, better looking and provides a balance that its rivals can’t compete with. The car handles well and is comfortable but it does neither of these excellently, because as aforementioned, it finds and works with a perfect balance rather than excelling in one aspect.

There are also multiple engine ranges for you to choose from. Between diesel and petrol there is a variety from a 1.0 litre three cylinder to a 1.6 litre Biturbo engine. With all that range however, the recommended engine is the 1.6 litre diesel with 109 bhp. This engine choice allows for the greatest mileage and emits the least possible pollution of the entire range of the Astra Sports Tourers.

Vauxhall have taken huge strides forward in regards to the design of their interior. The whole control panel is simpler to use and is displayed much more effectively.  Other than that, the cabin has improved radically in regards to its technological functions and safety prevention. But, what is missing is a sense of class. However, at the low price that is asked for the vehicle, it really shouldn’t be an issue.

Space is however the biggest issue. Space is why there is a demand for an estate version of the Astra and space will be why people buy the vehicle too. The back seats do not have as much space as its rivals; the same can also be said for the boot. The boot can hold 540 litres, but when the back seats are folded down, which can easily be done, one can find 1,630 litres. So there is plenty of space available with the new Astra after some shuffling is undertaken.

The Astra Sports Tourer is an excellent estate car for the price asked. If you do own an Astra but need more space, then this vehicle cannot be undersold.