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10 things we learned about the Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer

Date: 02 December 2016   |   Author: Alisdair Suttie

Category: Lower medium
Key rival: Ford Focus
Model tested: 1.0 Ecoflex
Price as tested: £17,905

It's got the space, but does Vauxhall's 1.0-litre Astra Sports Tourer have the pace, ask Al Suttie?

1 - Downsized engines are all the rage and Vauxhall gets in on the act with its 1.0-litre turbo petrol in the Astra wagon.

2 - A three-pot motor with 105hp has its work cut out, even with 170Nm of shove and only 1288kg to lug about.

3 - Acceleration is okay, with 0-62mph in 11.0 seconds and this Astra Sports Tourer feels fine in town.

Inside

4 - The engine is smooth and less thrummy than most three-cylinder motors, and it's flexible enough to pull cleanly from low revs.

5 - Where the problem lies is at motorway speeds. Fifth is the top gear and it's ideal for relaxed cruising.

6 - When you want to go a bit quicker, however, you need to drop to fourth or even third, which takes the sheen off the laid back driving manner.

Rear

7 - During our time with the Astra, we also saw an average of 40mpg, some way off the claimed 65.7mpg combined figure.

8 - This is because you have to work the engine more than a diesel or larger capacity petrol.

9 - 100g/km CO2 emission is good and betters the Ford Focus 1.0 Ecoboost Estate's 109g/km.

10 - For urban driving, this Astra works well and can carry plenty, but for long distance use we'd stick with a diesel version.

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