Vauxhall has announced more details about its all-new Astra Sports Tourer estate.
The new Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer is cheaper and apparently better equipped than the current Vauxhall Astra Estate it replaces.
New Astra estate is cheaper
Pricing begins at £16,575 for the entry-level 1.4-litre petrol ES, which is over £500 cheaper than the model it replaces. Yet the new car offers 98bhp (10bhp more than before), and has a standard kit list including air conditioning, six airbags, stability control, anti-whiplash front head rests, and an aux-in socket for the stereo.
The lowest-priced diesel initially available is a 1.7-litre CDTi turbo, also in ES specification. At £18,665 this is cheaper than its 1.3-litre CDTi turbodiesel predecessor, while offering an increase from 88bhp to 108bhp. A 93bhp 1.3-litre CDTi ecoFLEX diesel will be available early next year, from £18,270.
Exclusive, SE and SRi trim levels are also offered, alongside a total of seven engine choices, comprising three petrol and four diesel units.
Sports Tourer is bigger, too
Although it’s based on the same wheelbase as the latest Astra hatchback, the Sports Tourer offers a 30-litre increase in seats-up boot space, which rises from 470 litres to 500 litres (although to get the maximum amount of room you must opt for a puncture repair kit in place of the spare wheel).
Maximum luggage space is 1,550 litres with the rear seats folded, and all models are equipped with a 60:40 split/fold function, operated by a single button press.
New Astra estate on sale autumn 2010
The new Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer reaches dealers later this year, and is expected to take around 10% of all new Astra sales.
So far, more than 30,000 new Astra hatchbacks have been sold in the UK. The Sports Tourer will be assembled at the Ellesmere Port plant in Cheshire, while all the upper body engineering was carried out at the Vauxhall Engineering Centre in Bedfordshire.
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