The Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer (ST) is a compact estate that competes with rivals like the Ford Focus Estate, Skoda Octavia Estate, Volkswagen Golf Estate, Seat Leon ST and Kia Cee’d SW. Pricing is one of the Astra’s key selling points, as it undercuts many rivals despite being fairly well equipped, and it has some very efficient petrol and diesel engines that will appeal to private and company car buyers alike.
Even the smallest 1.0-litre petrol feels peppy enough, although it may struggle if you carry heavy loads, while the 1.6-litre (available in a couple of power outputs) is likely to be the best bet for most buyers. Certainly, our favourite is the 1.6 CDTi 136, which makes most sense in Tech Line trim for private buyers and business users, unless you’re buying on PCP finance, when SRi is likely to be available with better monthly costs. It’s an efficient engine with enough response to satisfy in everyday driving, and it complements the Astra’s tidy, composed handling nicely.
The boot is a good size and shape, and has some practical touches including a low load lip and seats that fold flat easily, although a Skoda Octavia Estate has a noticeably bigger boot and is a bit more practical, still. The Astra is just as good as the Octavia for rear passenger space, though, which means that tall adults will be comfortable even behind a tall driver.