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Vauxhall reveals pricing & specs of new Astra Sports Tourer

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The latest generation of the Vauxhall Astra estate is here, bearing the Sports Tourer name and a March 2016 release date.

A new Astra approaches

The Vauxhall Astra range is set to grow in the spring of next year, with the Sports Tourer estate model making its debut. Details of the pricing and specifications have just been announced by the manufacturer, suggesting that this mid-sized family car will give the Ford Focus and VW Golf equivalents a run for their money.

What gives the new Astra estate a head start over its rivals is the fact that it is designed to be rather more powerful from the get go, as the Sport Tourer name suggests. And this is immediately apparent from the outside, with early press images showing that it will be attractive from every angle thanks to a body shape that eschews the boxier design preferred by other estates.

All of this is achieved without actually reducing the amount of space that is available within. And in fact the new Sports Tourer will have increased headroom compared with the outgoing Astra estate. The boot capacity has been upped to 1630 litres, an 80 litre increase which allows it to offer a class-leading luggage space when you flip all of the three independently activated rear seats flat.

While it looks sportier and is larger on the inside, Vauxhall’s engineers have managed to knock 200kg off the total weight of the car. This is a significant achievement and helps to improve fuel efficiency while also ensuring that the car is quicker off the mark and will handle better in the corners.

Engine options

The smallest of the engines available for the Sports Tourer variant of the Astra is the 1.0 litre power plant which has found its way into the hatchback equivalent of this range. It may be small, but it has a turbocharger on board to boost performance and also benefits from the automatic stop-start system which helps to reduce fuel consumption still further. In terms of economy, this will be the best option for buyers.

The most powerful of the engines on offer as part of this range at launch will be a 1.6 litre unit that gives drivers almost 200hp on tap. It too utilises a turbocharger, providing further indications that cubic capacity is no longer as important as it used to be.

Buyers who would prefer a diesel option will have a trio of engines from which to choose, the most efficient of which can deliver a reported 85.6mpg. Meanwhile the most powerful diesel is a 158hp unit which should provide a decent amount of torque to help the Astra Sports Tourer live up to its name.

Basic equipment offerings

The reputation of this range has long since benefited from the fact that Vauxhall has attempted to squeeze as much equipment into the standard models as possible to make them more attractive to buyers. Alloy wheels are a feature in even the basic Design trim levels, as are LED lights and a subtle spoiler at the rear. The list of standard kit continues with air-con; electric windows all round; and even cruise control which should help with those long motorway drives.

A touch screen infotainment system built into the dash offers Bluetooth capabilities, allowing it to connect with most modern smartphones and tablets to provide media playback and hands free calling. ABS, six airbags and an automatic system for measuring tyre pressures will help keep the Astra Sports Tourer safe and secure on the roads. It will be interesting to see how it performs compared with its established rivals when it is released next year.

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