What's the used Vauxhall Astra estate like?
Among family estate cars, the Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer stays true to its maker’s hallmarks of mass-market appeal, ease of use and good value.
If we are being picky - and due to the talents of its rivals, we think that’s justified - we’d say there are a number of areas it could be better. But for the money, the Astra Sports Tourer is a sound used buy.
There are a few too many buttons on the Astra Sports Tourer's dashboard, which means the infotainment isn’t quite as easy to use as rival systems. It’s also quite dark inside, with thick windscreen pillars blocking the light coming in and also obscure your view out.
The driving experience lets the Astra Sports Tourer down, and it isn’t a patch on the Golf Estate, let alone the scintillating Ford Focus Estate. Vauxhall fitted a more advanced rear suspension to this generation of Astra, but it doesn’t help it to outhandle its contemporaries. The ride, at least, is comfortable; in short, the Astra Sports Tourer is tuned to cope well with potholes and speed bumps rather than to be fun on a winding B-road.