VAUXHALL

VAUXHALL ASTRA DIESEL SPORTS TOURER 1.5 Turbo D 105 SE 5dr

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionManual

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph10.4s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2113 g/km

Vauxhall has increased its presence in the compact estate sector with this Astra Sports Tourer. MPVs and 4x4s might offer more interesting options for family buyers but the solid, practical virtues of a good estate are not to be under-estimated. This one's clean, quite frugal, practical, reasonably high tech and pleasingly sharp to look at. It's a decent package all-round.

ASTRA GOES INTO SPACE

Like its hatchback counterpart, Vauxhall's spacious Astra Sports Tourer estate gets a smart look, decent connectivity and an appealing, efficient range of engines. Jonathan Crouch reports on the revised version.

Ten Second Review

Vauxhall has increased its presence in the compact estate sector with this Astra Sports Tourer. MPVs and 4x4s might offer more interesting options for family buyers but the solid, practical virtues of a good estate are not to be under-estimated. This one's clean, quite frugal, practical, reasonably high tech and pleasingly sharp to look at. It's a decent package all-round.

Background

When what you need to fit in your car just won't, you need a bigger car. Family hatchback owners confronted with this nightmare scenario have a number of options at their disposal. They could take the rugged route with a compact SUV, choose the versatility of a md-sized MPV or step up to a medium range saloon. Alternatively, they could turn to an extended version of the family hatchback they already have. The estate car isn't the trendiest or most exciting option but when you need a little bit more room, it does the job. Vauxhall's Astra Sports Tourer is little more than an extended Astra hatch but it could be all the car you need, especially in this improved form which includes a fresh range of efficient three cylinder engines. Many of the leading lights in the family hatchback sector have an estate version. Focus, Golf, Peugeot 308 - the manufacturers of all these models see the value of tagging another few centimetres onto the rear of the five-door hatches to give customers the option of extra carrying capacity. Vauxhall has a history of following suit with its Astra but like its rivals, sales of Astra estates have traditionally been way down on those of the standard hatchback versions. The compact estate market looks likely to remain a niche one but with flashy Sports Tourer branding, this generation Astra estate aims to take a bigger slice of it.

Driving Experience

Like the rest of the Astra Sports Tourer, the suspension is shared with the Astra hatchback. There are no suspension or handling changes made to this revised model, which means that this car continues with a relatively simple torsion beam rear suspension system, a set-up enhanced with a so-called 'Watts linkage' feature to improve cornering stability. This claims to reduce sideways motion between the axle and the body of the car as you go through the corners. The key changes here lie beneath the bonnet. Previously, there was just a single 3 cylinder engine in the range. Now the old units have gone and the line-up is built around this format. There are two fresh petrol units, a 1.2 developing either 110, 130 or 145PS and mated to 6-speed manual transmission. And a 1.4 putting out 145PS which has to be had with a new 7-speed CVT auto 'box. All the engines develop reasonable pulling power, with outputs ranging between 195 and 236Nm. Vauxhall's particularly pleased with throttle response with these engines, claiming that 90% of their pulling power is available within 1.5 seconds of pressing the accelerator. The diesel engine is new too, a 1.5-litre three cylinder powerplant offered in two states of tune, 105PS and 122PS. The more potent unit gets the option of a new 9-speed auto gearbox. These engines feature an electrically-activated turbocharger with variable geometry turbine vanes and, similar to their petrol counterparts, a balance shaft in the block for additional refinement. Torque output figures vary between 260 to 300Nm.

Design and Build

The Sports Tourer bodyshape further extends the sporty styling of the seventh generation five-door model. The slightly arched sloping roofline gives this estate derivative a longer appearance - an effect further enhanced by the divided C-pillar. The rear view aims to combine practicality with a bit of elegant design, but overall, the emphasis is on a stable, robust and safe stance, with the muscular rear-wheel arch contours and the divided rear light clusters adding to this impression. You'd struggle to recognise this facelifted Sports Tourer model as being different from earlier versions. The only visual changes lie with small tweaks to upper and lower sections of the front grille, these apparently contributing to a more aerodynamic profile. Inside, there are no changes but extra comfort can be specified in the form of high-end features like a wireless charger, a heated windscreen and a BOSE sound system. As before, infotainment's taken care of by the available Multimedia Radio, Multimedia Navi and Multimedia Navi Pro systems. All systems are compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone-mirroring and the top-of-the-line Multimedia Navi Pro set-up has an eight-inch colour touchscreen and can also be operated by voice control. The Sports Tourer's total cargo capacity is 1,630-litres with the rear seat folded, this thanks to efficient packaging.

Market and Model

There's a price premium of around £1,000 for the Sports Tourer estate version over its five-door hatchback stablemate and that means you'll be paying from around £21,000 to around £30,000 for mainstream versions. Vauxhall wants to emphasise that safety standards have taken a decent step forward with this facelift, courtesy of the installation of a new digital front camera, which is both smaller and more powerful than before thanks to a faster processor. It now not only recognises vehicles, but also pedestrians, greatly improving safety. Furthermore, thanks to the high-resolution camera, traffic sign recognition can now process more traffic signs and show them as symbols on the display. The digital rear view camera, available on selected models, is also more powerful, and works in conjunction with the new Multimedia Navi Pro infotainment system. Most models get Connected Navigation services with real-time traffic information, a set-up that uses online map updates to make the journey more relaxed, while the navigation display itself appears with redesigned symbols in a fresher, more modern look. The same applies to the instrument cluster, which features a redesigned digital speedometer. Optionally available is the E-Call emergency call function. If needed, help is just seconds away by pressing the red button. If the seatbelt tensioners or airbags are deployed, the system automatically makes an emergency call.

Cost of Ownership

You're not going to find an Astra Sports Tourer model that's going to cost you a huge amount to run. Even the 1.4 petrol turbo returns up to 49.6mpg on the WLTP cycle and up to 132g/km of WLTP-rated CO2. For the two 1.2-litre units, the WLTP figures are up to 54.3mpg and up to 120g/km of CO2. The 1.5-litre CDTi diesels will manage much more. Both the manual black pump-fuelled models manage up to 64.2mpg and up to 117g/km. While the 122PS auto returns up to 57.6mpg and up to 130g/km. Vauxhall reckons these figures are helped immeasurably by this Astra's slippery bodywork - it's the most aerodynamic car in its class with a sleek 0.25Cd. This aero-benchmark has been achieved through numerous measures, including an engine compartment cover, deflector-shaped rear axle control arms and a full-face shutter. The upper and lower portions of the new Astra's radiator grille automatically open and close independently of one another, further improving the frontal airflow. The underbody optimisation improves the drag coefficient by reducing turbulence. With all the new engines, integration of the water-cooled exhaust manifold in the cylinder head contributes to quick engine warm-up, which lowers emissions after a cold start. And the diesel unit gets passive oxidation catalyst, an AdBlue injector, an SCR catalyst and a Diesel Particulate Filter. These days, Vauxhall only offers a standard three year 60,000 mile effort; the industry standard in other words. Residuals may be marginally improved by the recent extra focus on quality - we'll wait and see on that. As usual, you can help yourself in terms of model depreciation by exercising a little restraint when it comes to ticking boxes on the options list. It's very easy here to get up towards a £25,000 car without too much effort. Stick to the essentials that will make the vehicle more appealing to its potential second owner and you shouldn't do too badly.

Summary

With all the other options facing family car buyers in the modern marketplace, the compact estate car is sometimes overlooked. Admittedly, it's not the most exciting option next to the plethora of tough-looking compact 4x4s and MPVs with their elaborate seating arrangements but it is reassuringly simple in what it offers and surprisingly practical too. Vauxhall's Astra Sports Tourer seems to fit the bill very nicely in this regard, especially in this generation form with its very class-competitive space, decent media connectivity and sharp looks. All it really needed was a more efficient range of engines, now delivered as part of the changes made to this facelifted model range. If you're in the market for a car of this kind, this one should be on your shopping list.

  • Laminated windscreen
  • Tinted windows
  • Heated rear screen with timed cut off
  • Two speed windscreen wipers with variable intermittent wipe
  • Solar absorbing heat front windscreen
  • Solar absorbing heat rear windows
  • Electrically operated front and rear windows with safety auto reverse and one touch up/down facility

  • Electronic Stability Program (ESP) including Anti lock brake system (ABS) and hill start assist
  • Straight line stability control
  • Automatic emergency city braking
  • Drag torque control
  • Cornering brake control
  • Emergency brake assist
  • Electronic brake force distribution
  • Traction control

  • Fully carpeted load area

  • Electric speed sensitive power steering
  • Cruise control with speed limiter
  • My ECO driving advisor (ECO assistant)

  • Multimedia audio 7" colour touchscreen, AM/FM/DAB, bluetooth/USB, apple car play/android auto, 3.5" monochrome instrument cluster display, 6 speakers
  • Multi function trip computer - Trip odometer, vehicle range, average speed and fuel economy, instantaneous fuel economy and driving time
  • Lights on audible warning
  • Central facia display with digital clock, outside air temperature and audio information
  • Driver information - Total mileage, service indicator, oil life

  • Twin electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
  • Gloss black door mirrors
  • Dipping rear view mirror
  • Manual folding door mirrors

  • Black facia with antelao sand trim inserts
  • Instrument panel bar in polar silver
  • Antelao sand trim inserts on front doors
  • Metallic silver raute trim inserts

  • Battery rundown protection

  • Instrumentation - Speedometer, rev counter, low fuel gauge warning light + water temperature gauge warning light, shift up/down indicate light
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls

  • Hidden exhaust pipe
  • Black roof rails
  • Matt black finish B pillar
  • Gloss black finish C pillar
  • Body colour rear roof spoiler
  • Black side glass molding
  • Black exterior textured surface ornamentation
  • Chrome bar with black radiator grille
  • Bonnet/headlight/wiper structure
  • Upper and lower bumper design
  • Body coloured door handles
  • Black upper window surround
  • Flexible roof mounted aerial

  • Halogen projector headlights
  • Follow me home lighting
  • Chrome effect headlight
  • Automatic hazard warning light
  • Adaptive brake lights
  • Door to door illumination
  • Automatic lighting control
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED side repeat indicators
  • Manual headlight beam levelling
  • High level LED centre rear brake light
  • Reversing light
  • Rear fog lamps

  • Four adjustable facia vents
  • Air conditioning with particle, odor filter and manual controls
  • Windscreen and side window demist vents

  • Two drinks holder in centre console
  • 12V power outlet in centre console
  • Assist handles
  • Base centre console with manual park brake and small storage box
  • Four lashing eyes in load compartment
  • 12V electrical accessory socket in front
  • Twin gas assisted tailgate struts
  • Satin chrome effect bezel on steering wheel
  • Plain black fabric side bolsters and surrounds
  • Folding storage box on driver side lower facia
  • Front door pockets
  • Talino cloth Upholstery
  • Reach and rake adjustable steering column
  • Titanium black roof lining
  • Storage compartment in centre console
  • Chrome effect interior door handles
  • Glovebox with lid
  • 3 spoke steering wheel
  • Rear door pockets
  • Interior tailgate handle
  • Retractable luggage cover

  • Front/rear courtesy lights
  • Fade up/down courtesy light
  • Illuminated load area
  • Luggage compartment interior lamp

  • 3 point centre rear seat belt
  • 6 airbags - Driver and co-driver front, front side, head curtain roof airbags, front and rear row coverage airbags
  • Buckle activated smart seat belt reminder for driver only
  • Front seat belts with crash locking tongues for driver and co-driver
  • Smart seat belt reminders for co-driver and 2nd row seat, sensor in co-driver seat cushion
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system with full indication
  • Rollover mitigation
  • Deactivation switch for front passengers front and side impact airbags
  • Three inertia reel lap and diagonal rear seatbelts
  • Outer rear seatbelt pretensioners
  • Child locks on rear doors
  • Pedal release system
  • Height adjustable inertia reel front seatbelts
  • Energy absorbing steering column
  • Reinforced passenger safety cell
  • Deformation zones front and rear
  • Side impact protection beams
  • Single tone horn
  • Front and outer rear seatbelt force limiters
  • Front seatbelt unfastened audible warning and warning light

  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Anti submarining ramps in all seats
  • Three height adjustable rear head restraints
  • Isofix child seat mounting points on outer rear seats
  • Central rear seat headrests

  • One flat and one rigid key with 2 button for lock/unlock
  • Engine deadlock and immobiliser
  • Electronically protected audio equipment
  • Remote control central locking
  • Key left in ignition audible warning
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Visible vehicle identification number
  • Freewheeling door locks

  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Driver's and front passenger's sunvisors

  • Low rolling resistance tyres

  • 16" Silver ten spoke alloy wheels

  • CO2 (g/km): 91
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC: N
  • NOx: 0.032
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 114
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 125
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 113

  • CC: 1496
  • Cylinders: 3
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 12
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 6 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Combined (mpg): 62.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 51.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 49.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 65.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 61.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 76.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 70.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 64.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 61.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 65.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 61.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 5.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 4.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 4.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 3.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 4.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 4.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 4.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 4.6

  • Generation Mark: 5
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 16E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 20000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 105
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.5
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: SE
  • Coin Description: Turbo D 105
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000

  • Engine Power - BHP: 105
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): True
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 10.4
  • Top Speed: 124
  • Engine Power - KW: 77
  • Engine Power - RPM: 3250
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 192
  • Engine Torque - NM: 260
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1500
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 26.5

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Front: 205/55 R16
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: N
  • Tyre Size Rear: 205/55 R16
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 16" ALLOY

  • Length: 4702
  • Width: 1809
  • Width (including mirrors): 2042
  • Height: 1510
  • Wheelbase: 2662

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 540
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1630
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1945
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 48
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1300
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 680

  • Front and rear parking distance sensors: £480

  • Additional metallic paint: £550
  • Special premium paint: £650
  • Metallic paint: Included
  • Brilliant paint: £320

  • Driver's ergonomic sport seat pack - Astra SE/Business Edition Nav: £320

  • Metallic - Mineral black: £550
  • Metallic - Cosmic grey: £550
  • Metallic - Navy blue: £550
  • Metallic - Sovereign silver: £0

  • Brilliant Paint - Summit white: £320
  • Special premium paint - Hot red: £650

  • Six way adjustable height, reach, backrest, head restraint in drivers seat: Included
  • Four way adjustable height, reach, backrest, head restraint in front passengers seat: Included

  • Talino cloth - Jet black: £0

  • Tyre repair kit: Included
  • Steel emergency spare wheel: £110

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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