The stunning new Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer has now been revealed in full - and with a pair of trim levels and a cavernous boot, it’s a super-practical alternative to its five-door hatchback sibling.
The most desirable of that duo boasts everything from heated sports seats to active cruise control and a 360° panoramic parking camera.
And you’ll also need to opt for a GS-Line model if you want to unlock the most attractive powertrain in the line-up - the 1.6 plug-in HYBRID-e, which not only gives you decent power of 180 PS but it delivers a hefty electric range of 42 miles.
So let’s start with how the Astra Sports Tourer looks - which is pretty good from where we’re sitting, and certainly up there with the car’s biggest leasing rival, the Ford Focus Estate. And remember that while the Focus Estate can be had as a mild-hybrid, there’s currently no PHEV option.
Vauxhall talks about a ‘bold and pure design philosophy’ for its latest model, complete with the firm’s trademark ‘Vizor’ front end and high-mounted brake lights at the rear.
Yet it’s also tauter and slightly more compact than the outgoing Astra Sports Tourer without losing any of its load-lugging capabilities.
The overall length is 60mm shorter compared to the previous generation Astra Tourer, thanks to the short front overhang, yet features a 57mm longer wheelbase compared to the All-new Astra hatchback, at 2,732mm.
The Ford Focus Estate’s boot weighs-in at 608 litres with the rear seats in place. And Astra Sports Tourer is able to match the Focus Estate stride for stride, offering the same 608 litres of luggage space, which jumps up to 1,634 litres when the rear seats are folded flat.
Speaking of the floor, it’s completely flat to make sure it’s a doddle for you to haul long and bulky items.
One thing to note is that PHEV models have to accommodate a battery - so boot space for the HYBRID-e drops slightly to 548 litres with the seats in-situ.
A Vauxhall spokesperson explains:
“This moveable load floor can be easily adjusted with one hand to high and low positions and tilted at a 45-degree angle. In addition, for even more convenience, the retractable boot storage cover can be stowed when the moveable floor is in both the upper as well as the lower position – in contrast to competitors that only allow stowage of the cover when the floor is in the upper position."
Spec wise, the choice is nice and simple.
‘Design’ models enjoy a 10-inch colour touchscreen and 10-inch digital instrument cluster, a lane departure warning system, Front and rear parking sensors, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, driver drowsiness alert and LED headlights and tail-lights.
Meanwhile swankier GS-Line variants get larger 17-inch alloys, a blacked-out roof, dual zone climate control, a leather-covered flat-bottomed steering wheel, tinted glass and keyless entry - as well as the extra goodies mentioned above.
Lease customers are spoiled for choice with the engines on offer, too.
A 1.2 litre turbocharged petrol unit can be had in a range of power outputs from 110 PS to 130 PS, while a 1.5 litre diesel mill chucks-out 130 PS - and actually has lower CO2 emissions than its petrol stablemate.
Prices for the All-New Astra Sports Tourer start from £25,005 on-the-road, with first deliveries due in late summer.
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