Our Cars: Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer 1.7 CDTi

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The old expression 'there's no substitute for inches' is rather unfashionable these days, with car manufacturers downsizing. But it rings true if you own an Astra.
Stylish and good to drive it might be, but the Astra Sports Tourer is proving far thirstier than it should be. And we're not alone in thinking that.
One of those last-minute trips means the trusty Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer gets to stretch its legs. And go home in the process...
After 12,000 miles and just in time for winter, the Astra goes in for a service and we're able to book it online using Vauxhall's new service booking system.
Our Astra is pressed into service for a photoshoot in France with a stunning Ferrari Daytona. But the dependable Vauxhall isn't left behind.
A long trip sees agreeable fuel economy, while time in Scotland gives us a chance to test the handling.
The British-built Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer joins the ranks of our cars with the 1.7 CDTi SRi model expected to be a practical addition.
 

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