The Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer continues to be a fine estate car choice, but doesn't quite match the refinement, interior quality or passenger space of the best rivals. The plug-in hybrid is the most compelling choice in the range, and makes a solid case for itself against the competition.
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The plug-in hybrid-e 180 combines a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine with an electric motor to deliver 178bhp and a 0-62mph time of 7.7sec. Its rated to do 42 miles on electric power alone, and is only available with an eight-speed automatic gearbox
Competitive in lots of areas but not outstanding
Estate has bland handling and average performance, but majors...