Review: Vauxhall Astra Sport Tourer (2010 – 2016)
Very practical and spacious. Economical CDTi engines. Not a bad looker for an estate. Decent ride quality. FlexFold seats are a clever touch.
Uninspiring to drive. Interior lacks sophistication. Eclipsed by the Focus Estate in both quality and handling.
Vauxhall Astra Sport Tourer (2010 – 2016): At A Glance
Vauxhall may have dropped the 'estate' description of this Astra in favour of the more flash 'Sports Tourer' name, but whatever you want to call it, this is undoubtedly the practical load carrier version of the impressive Astra. It's well styled for a smaller estate and has to be if it's to sway people away from buying its most obvious competitior - the excellent Ford Focus Estate.
It has a usefully large boot that can accommodate up to 500 litres of luggage (and anything else you want to throw at it) which is more than similar size estates such as the Ford Focus and Renault Megane Sports Tourer. Folding the rear seats down - which is easy thanks to handles inside the boot - and flipping up the rear seat cushions creates a flat load floor and it's genuinely surprising just how much stuff you can get in the Astra Sports Tourer. This is one practical load lugger.
It's decent on the road and very comfortable with an impressively forgiving ride which smooths out rough and uneven road surfaces. It's not as impressive in corners as the steering feels very artificial and lacks weight, but it still grips well and is reassuring enough. However, drive it back to back with a Focus Estate and you'll find the Vauxhall lags behind the Ford in terms of handling and poise.
The cabin design neat but it's somewhat lacking in quality and finesse. Some of the plastics feel a little hard, the buttons on the central console aren't that pleasant to use and the gear change is springy. As a result, while it does very little wrong, it's not an especially enjoyable car to drive. That said, it comes with some very efficient engines including the 1.3 CDTi ecoFLEX that averages a claimed 68.9mpg.
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Vauxhall Astra Sport Tourer (2010 – 2016): What's It Like Inside?
The Astra Sports Tourer has the same wheelbase as the standard Astra hatchback but thanks to come clever packaging, the maximum load length has increased by 28mm to 1835mm, and its load volume by 30 litres to 500 litres with the rear seats up. The boot doesn't suffer from any intrusions from wheelarches and the flat side walls mean it's easy to load bulky or heavy objects and slide them in.
The seats feature a new FlexFold system (that's standard or optional depending on trim level) and means either section of the 60/40 split-fold rear seats can be lowered by pushing a button housed in the walls of the boot. The rear seat cushions can fold up against the front seat-backs to create a completely flat load floor and a maximum load capacity of up to 1550 litres.
From behind the wheel the driving position is slightly raised, giving good visibility and the seats are very comfortable, plus there's the further option of Vauxhall’s award winning ergonomic Sports Seats which give plenty of side and under thigh support. The interior is certainly spacious - head room is a particularly strong point in both the front and back - and there's reasonable legroom in the rear.
Compared with the previous Astra estate, the new Sports Tourer has an additional 25 litres of storage space in the cabin, 50 per cent more than before, including large door pockets and a useful cubbyhole in the central console with a sliding cover. The quality of the interior is good but not exceptional and some of the materials used aren't as premium as Vauxhall make out. Thankfully the air conditioning controls are far easier to use than in the previous Astra plus the stereo button layout is fairly straightforward. The digital display seems a bit dated though.
Standard equipment from launch (November 2010):
ES models have black Cordoba cloth trim, a CD400 CD stereo and aux-in socket, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, remote control central locking, 16-inch steel wheels, driver’s seat height adjustment, 60/40 split rear seat and reach/rake adjustable steering wheel.
Exclusiv gets black Scene cloth trim, a chrome-bezelled steering wheel, ambient lighting in the centre console and roof, cruise control, audio controls on the steering wheel plus storage areas in the front seat-backs.
SRi models have 17-inch alloy wheels and (apart from the 1.4-litre model) come with lowered and uprated sports suspension. Inside there is black Lace cloth, sports front seats, a multi-function computer, front seat armrest, illuminated vanity mirrors and a three-spoke leather steering wheel while outside, the SRi is easily identified by dark-style headlights, front fog lights and a chrome-effect side window surround. FlexFold seat back release buttons are also standard.
SE versions have unique 17-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels, Ribbon / Morrocana interior fabrics, rain sensitive windscreen wipers, automatic lighting control with tunnel detection, an electro-chromatic anti-dazzle rear-view mirror, electric rear windows and FlexFold seat back release buttons.
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What's the Vauxhall Astra Sport Tourer (2010 – 2016) like to drive?
- Engines range from 1.3 CDTi ecoFLEX to 2.0 CDTi BiTurbo
- Readers report Real MPG to be between 28–63 mpg
The Astra is easy and undemanding to drive, with a very comfortable ride and a forgiving suspension set-up. It won't set your world alight but it does the basics very well with good composure in corners and reassuring stability at higher speeds. It's not as agile as other estates this size though and if you tackle a series of fast flowing bends, the Astra soon shows you that it's no sportscar.
The steering feel light and although responsive doesn't really connect the driver and the road, plus it has a tendency to kickback over bumpy roads when cornering.The manual gearchange is springy too and not as positive as you'd want. However, it performs well in town thanks to good all round visibility and nice light steering at parking speeds.
There's a decent range of engines in the Astra Sports Tourer line up, starting with the 1.4-litre VVT petrol with 100PS that features variable valve timing and sequential fuel injection, while a 1.6-litre VVT with 115PS is also available and is the only petrol to come with an automatic gearbox option. The other petrol in the Astra Sports Tourer is the 1.4-litre Turbo which is a great unit. It may be small but thanks to the turbocharger it develops 140PS yet still averages 46.3mpg and emits 144g/km of CO2.
Shortly after the Astra Sports Tourer was launched a new 1.3 CDTi ecoFLEX model was launched (ecoFLEX is Vauxhall's version of BlueMotion of Econetic) which was one of the first Vauxhalls to get an engine stop/start system. The 95PS engine is fitted with a diesel particulate filter and although it isn't especially quiet, it is very economical, averaging a claimed 68.9mpg although performance is best described as 'leisurely' with a 0-62mph time of 14.2 seconds.
Alongside this is the 1.7 CDTi engine which is available in two versions - one with 110PS and one with 125PS. Both come as standard or ecoFLEX models (slightly confusingly) and like the smaller 1.3 CDTi, it's not an especially refined engine. Despite having reasonable torque figures of 260Nm and 280Nm respectively, it lacks grunt pretty much all across the rev range, while if you try and rev it, the power drops off very quickly. The good news is that at least it's frugal and returns a claimed 62.8mpg in ecoFLEX guise and 61.4mpg in the standard models.
The top diesel is the 2.0 CDTi with 160PS and an impressive 350Nm of torque. It's the best engine for useable everyday performance and pulls really well in gear, making the 1.7 CDTi seem very sluggish in comparison. It has a six-speed gearbox as standard but there's an optional six-speed automatic too. Economy is impressive with 55.4mpg for the manual and 47.9mpg if you go for the automatic.
|1.3 CDTi ecoFLEX||69 mpg||13.9 s||109 g/km|
|1.4||46–49 mpg||13.5 s||137–144 g/km|
|1.4 Turbo||46 mpg||-||144 g/km|
|1.6||43–45 mpg||11.3 s||147–154 g/km|
|1.6 Automatic||38–40 mpg||12.9 s||167–174 g/km|
|1.6 CDTi 110 ecoFLEX||76–79 mpg||11.4 s||94–97 g/km|
|1.6 CDTi 136 ecoFLEX||72–76 mpg||9.7 s||99–104 g/km|
|1.7 CDTi 110 ecoFLEX||63–71 mpg||11.7–11.9 s||105–120 g/km|
|1.7 CDTi 125 ecoFLEX||63 mpg||10.2 s||119–120 g/km|
|1.7 CDTi 130 ecoFLEX||66–71 mpg||10.2–10.7 s||105–114 g/km|
|1.7 CDTi 136 ecoFLEX||71 mpg||10.7 s||105 g/km|
|2.0 CDTi||55–60 mpg||9.0 s||124–134 g/km|
|2.0 CDTi Automatic||49–50 mpg||9.2 s||148–154 g/km|
|2.0 CDTi BiTurbo||55 mpg||8.1 s||134 g/km|
|2.0 CDTi ecoFLEX||60 mpg||9.0 s||124 g/km|
Real MPG average for a Vauxhall Astra Sport Tourer (2010 – 2016)
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