Pricing for the Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer has been announced, which at £16,585.
The estate includes air conditioning, cruise control, electric front and rear windows and remote central locking as standard on the £16,585 base Design spec, with 16in alloy wheels, black roof rails, chrome window trim and a rear spoiler also included. Top-spec Elite models start at £20,605.
The range of engines includes a frugal 1.6-litre diesel engine with stop-start, with claimed figures of 85.6mpg with CO2 emissions of 86g/km while the most punchy 197bhp 1.6-litre petrol engine is available in the sporty SRi-spec.
Vauxhall promises more interior space but improved efficiency and reduced weight with its new Astra Sports Tourer, which made its debut at the Frankfurt motor show in September.
The estate version of the five-door Astra has the same basic dimensions as the model it replaces, with an overall length of 4702mm and a width of 1871mm. However, Vauxhall claims that tweaks to the interior packaging have freed up an additional 26mm of front head room, 28mm more rear head room and an extra 80 litres of luggage space. With the rear seats folded down, the Sports Tourer now has a capacity of 1630 litres.
The Astra wagon’s load bay gets a 40/20/40 split rear seat as standard and it can be enhanced further by optional products from the FlexOrganiser range, including side rails, fasteners and cargo nets. The rear hatch can also be electrically operated and, as an option, opened and closed by waving a foot below the rear bumper.
As with the conventional Astra hatchback, the Sports Tourer makes significant weight gains - up to 200kg, in the case of the estate - thanks to a switch to General Motors' latest D2 platform.