New Astra estate more for less

* Priced 500 less than before at 16,575 * More equipment as standard * Premium over hatch from 995...

23 July 2010

New Astra estate  more for less

Vauxhalls new Astra Sport Tourer estate costs from 16,575, 500 less than the previous entry-level model despite the mew car having more equipment as standard.

The 99bhp 1.4 ES entry-level model is cheaper than the 9bhp less powerful model it replaces and has air-conditioning, curtain airbags, stability control, active headrests and an auxiliary-in socket for the stereo are all now standard.

Diesel models start at 18,270 for the 109bhp 1.7 CDTi ES, 445 less than the outgoing 89bhp car.

The premium over the hatch varies depending on model, but is as low as 995. The cargo area is also 30 litres larger than before with the seats in place at 500 litres.

In all there are four trims to choose from ES, Exclusiv, SE and SRi and seven engines. Three petrols provide 99bhp, 114bhp or 138bhp, while diesel outputs are 94bhp, 109bhp, 123bhp or 158bhp.