3.8 out of 5 3.8
Parkers overall rating: 3.8 out of 5 3.8

New Astra combines German style and French engineering

Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer (22 on) - rated 3.8 out of 5
Enlarge 4 photos

At a glance

New price £25,515 - £33,900
Lease from new From £312 p/m View lease deals
Used price £19,810 - £28,270
Used monthly cost From £494 per month
Fuel Economy 49.5 - 256.0 mpg
Road tax cost £155 - £165
Insurance group 27 How much is it to insure?
New

PROS

  • Competitive prices
  • Generous equipment levels
  • Sensible yet stylish

CONS

  • Smaller boot than rivals
  • No punchy petrol or diesel
  • Plug-in model loses luggage space

Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer rivals

Written by Alan Taylor-Jones on

As you’ve probably already worked out, the Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer is the estate version of the five-door Astra Hatchback. It follows a familiar formula with a stretched tail boosting boot space significantly over its slightly shorter sibling.

Even so, this is a car that’s actually more compact than its predecessor, not something we often get to say. Thank a truncated nose that features the company’s trademark ‘Vizor’ front end design, which on GS Line models is blacked out and paired with a contrasting roof colour for a sportier look.

The range of petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid powertrains will be no stranger to anyone that’s recently been looking at the related Citroen C5 X, Peugeot 308 SW or DS 4. Direct rivals include the 308 SW plus the Ford Focus, SEAT Leon, Skoda Octavia and Volkswagen Golf estates.

2022 Vauxhall Astra Estate

What’s it like inside?

The days of drab Vauxhall interiors seem to be disappearing into the distance, with the Astra proving to be the firm’s best yet. Up front it’s virtually identical to the hatchback with the same twin 10.0-inch screens for infotainment and instruments, and a pared-back feel with fewer buttons than before. Thankfully they haven’t gone as touch-sensitive crazy as Volkswagen, with physical buttons mercifully still stuck to the steering wheel and dashboard.

At the business end, there’s 597 litres of luggage space with the rear seats upright and 1,634 litres folded. This drops to 516 litres and 1,553 litres in the plug-in hybrid model. The petrol and diesel versions are available with the optional Intelli-Space moveable boot floor – it can be adjusted to high and low positions and tilted at up to 45-degrees to separate loads. It even makes it possible to get at the first aid and tyre repair kits without having to empty the entire boot. Handy.

However, those looking for outright capacity might be slightly disappointed. Although the boot is still bigger than in premium alternatives such as the Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake and even the larger Audi A4 Avant, BMW 3 Series Touring and Mercedes C-Class Estate, it can’t match most direct rivals. That includes the 308 SW and Golf Estate, while the Octavia wagon knocks them all for six. At least the penalty for picking a PHEV isn’t as great as some rivals such as the BMW 330e, making it a tempting choice for company car users who need something that’s happy swallowing a big load.

We also found the Golf, Leon, Focus and Octavia to be better for rear seat space. The Astra’s headroom is fine, but tall adults in the back will find their knees closer to the front seats than you might expect.

For further information on front space, quality and the infotainment have a look at our Vauxhall Astra hatchback review.

Safety

All Astras get automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, eight airbags, Isofix mounts on the outer rear seats and a driver drowsiness alert. Upgrade to GS Line and the AEB works at higher speeds plus there’s traffic sign recognition and adaptive cruise control.

Even so, the Astra couldn’t quite get the full five stars from Euro NCAP managing a respectable four.

Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer engines

The Astra Sport Tourer shares its engines with the hatchback model, and that means a pair of three-cylinder petrols also used in various small Peugeot, Citroen and DS models. Two power outputs are offered – 110 and 130hp.

Diesel fans are covered by a 1.5-litre four-cylinder developing 130hp. The petrols are available with a six-speed manual gearbox while all other engines get an eight-speed auto.

A plug-in hybrid model tops the range. It’s powered by a 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, a 12.4kWh battery pack and an electric motor. Overall power output is 180hp and the battery range is 37 miles on the combined cycle. That’s good enough for it to be in the 8% BIK tax bracket.

What’s it like to drive?

The Astra feels firmer than the Octavia and 308 giving greater body control and less float over undulating country roads. The downside is that it picks up on surface imperfections more especially at town speeds, a problem exacerbated by upgrading from 17-inch to 18-inch wheels.

There’s plenty of grip in the bends, with a predictable nature if you push too hard. The steering is well-weighted and precise so it’s easy to place the Astra on the road, while body lean isn’t too bothersome. It doesn’t feel as keen to corner as a Focus or Leon, while the PHEV feels less agile than petrol and diesel models.

As for the engines, the 130hp petrol and diesel are sufficient with a couple of people aboard, although those that regularly carry heavy loads may wish for a bit more poke. The Golf and Leon are available with anything from 150 to more than 300hp, suiting those who want to tow or just go quickly better.

Performance is punchier in the plug-in hybrid. It’s pokey enough in electric mode to deal with typical traffic and pretty brisk when the engine joins the party after a moment’s hesitation. It’s easily the most refined model, although the petrol is by no means coarse and even the diesel doesn’t transfer too many tremors through the controls.

What models and trims are available?

Unlike the old Astra, Vauxhall is keeping the model range nice and slim. So it’s available in Design and GS Line only. Even the entry-level model comes with LED headlights, front and rear parking sensors and keyless entry and starting.

The range-topping GS Line gains larger 17-inch alloy wheels (as opposed to 16s on the Design trim), a contrasting black roof, rear privacy glass and electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors.

To find out our overall rating, click below for the verdict page.

Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer rivals

Other Vauxhall Astra models: