What is it?
The estate version of the Vauxhall Astra. It’s also a good-looking car, with a sleek, tapered rear end that hides its practical nature well.
Just how practical is it?
Impressively so. Boot space – up to the load cover and with the optional tyre-inflation kit – is 500 litres, which is on a par with estate versions of the VW Golf and Ford Focus. It’s a useful regular shape, too, and there’s a wide load entrance and no lip to lift things over.
Tipping the rear seatbacks forward creates a long, level space and on the top two trims there are handy release buttons on the sides of the boot. For more space you can flip the rear seat bases forward and lift them out, to give a total of 1550 litres of space.
What’s it like to drive?
The Sports Tourer feels similar to the hatchback it’s based on, which is to be expected given that the two models share the same wheelbase and suspension.
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