New 2022 Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer breaks cover
Vauxhall has revealed the all-new Sports Tourer estate version of the Astra
- Boot 44% larger than Astra hatchback
- Offered with hybrid powertrain at launch
- On sale in 2022
The new Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer has been unveiled. While prices have yet to be confirmed, the Astra Sports Tourer will be on sale in early 2022 with deliveries beginning in the summer.
While buyers are now typically opting for SUVs instead, the new Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer will exist in what is still a competitive market, renewing its rivalry with estate versions of the Ford Focus and Skoda Octavia.
As usual, the Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer will feature the same design approach as the hatchback. At the front, the trademark Vauxhall Vizor houses the car’s safety and driving assistance tech and is flanked by a pair of LED headlights.
The estate bodystyle means the wheelbase (the distance between the front and rear wheels) of the Sports Tourer is 57mm longer than that of the regular Astra. The boot is larger at up to 608 litres with the rear seats in place, which is 44% more than the hatchback, and folding them down increases space to 1,634 litres. The new Astra Sports Tourer is actually smaller than the outgoing model, thanks to a shorter front overhang and improved packaging.
For added versatility, Vauxhall will also offer the Astra Sports Tourer with an Intelli-Space boot floor. Only available on non-hybrid models, this adjustable boot floor can be tilted to create separate compartments for luggage or even removed for even more space.
On the inside, the Sports Tourer is largely unchanged from the hatchback. The dashboard is dominated by a 10-inch touchscreen that has wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. Physical dials for functions such as the climate control should make changing settings easier while driving.
When it goes on sale in 2022, the Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer will be offered with petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid options. Mirroring the Astra hatchback, petrol cars will make use of a 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbocharged engine with either 108 or 128bhp. The diesel model will use a 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine with 128bhp. These engines will come with a manual gearbox as standard and an eight-speed automatic gearbox available as an option.
The plug-in hybrid powertrain will be the same as the one in the new Peugeot 308. This consists of a 1.6-litre petrol engine and an 81kW electric motor that together produce either 178 or 222bhp. It comes with an automatic gearbox as standard and owners can expect a zero-emissions driving range of around 30 miles from the plug-in hybrid model.
The new Astra hatchback went on sale in earlier in November 2021 and we expect the Sports Tourer to be slightly more expensive when it arrives in showrooms in 2022. Prices could start from over £24,000.
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