The Astra Sports Tourer undercuts most rivals on list price by a fair chunk, even making the budget-oriented Skoda Octavia look a little pricey. However, be sure to get PCP quotes on your shortlist cars, as Vauxhall’s monthly finance costs tend to be very similar, or a little more, than many rivals despite the lower brochure price. The Astra also doesn’t hold its value as well as some German rivals, although it’s not too far behind the Skoda Octavia Estate.
Company car users will be really tempted by the Vauxhall, as tax costs are cheap by class standards, as are leasing costs, so this is a great fleet option.
Even base Design trim gets 16in alloys, air-con, cruise control, electric windows all-round, and electrically adjusted, heated side mirrors. We’d go for Tech Line, though, as it gets the bigger 8.0in touchscreen with sat-nav, leather steering wheel, central armrest and auto lights. SRi gets a Sport button to weight up the steering, lots of styling extras and auto wipers, although you have to pay extra to get sat-nav and dual-zone climate control. Top-spec Elite is quite lavishly equipped, including leather upholstery, but it’s too expensive to be really recommendable.
It’s disappointing that you have to pay extra to get parking sensors on all trims – only available in a pack with both front and rear sensors, albeit at a reasonably low cost.
Servicing costs are reasonable, but insurance can be higher than the class average. It’s quite fuel-efficient too, even the 134bhp 1.6 diesel managed 52.5mpg on our True MPG tests. The lower powered variant should do even better.
As you may expect, excellent economy means very low CO2 emissions. The aforementioned 134bhp diesel manages 99g/km while the less powerful version in Ecoflex guise emits just 82g/km. If you prefer petrol power, the 1.0-litre turbo also manages emissions of 99g/km.
All models receive plenty of airbags including side impact ‘bags for the front and curtain ‘bags front and rear. A driving assistance pack that includes a forward collision alert with automatic emergency braking is optional on Design and Tech Line, but standard otherwise.
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