Used cars of the week: cheap Vauxhall Astra estates
* Used versions of the Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer for less than £9000 * Real-world examples * All part of What Car?'s Approved Used scheme...
If you're after a cheap and practical estate car the Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer should definitely be on your list. It's one of the more stylish estates on the road and it has a 500-litre boot that expands to an impressive 1550 litres with the rear seats folded.
A variety of engines are available. Petrol buyers can choose from 1.4- and 1.6-litre units, both of which are slow. We'd recommend buyers choose a diesel-powered model because of the improved fuel economy, plus there's plenty of choice on the used market.
Diesel buyers can have their pick of either a 1.3-, 1.6-, 1.7- or 2.0-litre engine. We'd go for the 1.7-litre unit because of its blend of fuel economy and power. Two versions are available; a 108bhp and a more powerful 128bhp option.
All Astra Sports Tourers have air-conditioning, electric front windows and remote locking. Tech trim offers more equipment including alloy wheels, and Bluetooth is worth looking out for.
Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer: what to look for
Readers have reported problems with the rear suspension: listen out for a rumbling noise coming from the rear of the car as it could mean the rear shock absorbers need replacing.
Astra Sports Tourers are popular with minicab drivers and fleet users. Check for rattles from the dashboard, which could cause a headache over time.
The electronic handbrake frees up space in the centre console but readers have reported that it doesn't always release properly, so be aware of this on a test drive.
Check for damage to the trim in the boot, as large items can cause scratches to the plastics.
Here's our pick of the best Astra Sports Tourers in the What Car? approved used classifieds:
This high-mileage petrol car in Exclusiv trim has alloy wheels, Bluetooth and cruise control. It's an 11-plate car that's done 59,000 miles and is on sale for £7499.
Another high-mileage petrol car but this one has the more powerful 1.6-litre engine and a six-speed automatic gearbox. It's an '11/60 car with 46,000 miles on the clock and a price tag of £7999.
The 1.3-litre diesel engine can't match the other units for power but it makes up for it with cheap fuel costs; its claimed fuel economy is an impressive 68.9mpg. This 12-plate car has done 25,000 miles and costs £8995.
This 2.0-litre diesel model produces 157bhp but pays for that in terms of fuel efficiency, averaging 47.9mpg. This SRi model has cruise control, a leather steering wheel and sports suspension. This 11-plate car with 23,500 miles on the clock is a reasonable £8988.