Astra Sports Tourer will trump the load space of rivals from Ford and Volkswagen
16 June 2010

The Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer will trump the load space of rivals from Ford and Volkswagen when it goes on sale in the autumn.

The wagon's revised bodyshell, styled by Mark Adams' design team and equipped with the same 'blades' in its flanks as the regular Astra, has been engineered at Vauxhall's R&D base in Bedfordshire, and the car will be built solely at Ellesmere Port.

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The new estate shares its wheelbase with the five-door, but the maximum load length grows 28mm, to 1835mm, and the boot space is up 30 litres, to 500 litres with the rear seats up. The seats can be folded flat to give 1550 litres of space; that¹s more than the Golf estate or Focus estate.

The engine line-up will feature three petrols and three diesels. The petrols will be a 99bhp 1.4, a 113bhp 1.6 and a 138bhp 1.4-litre turbo that returns 45.6mpg and emits 145g/km of CO2.

The diesels will be 1.7-litre units offering 108bhp or 123bhp, and a 2.0 with 158bhp. An Ecoflex variant will follow; it will have a 1.3-litre, 94bhp diesel with a variable-geometry turbo and stop-start.

The interior is likely to follow the regular five-door's, with a 'wing-shaped' fascia and ambient lighting. The cabin is said to have 75 litres of storage, an increase of 50 per cent over the old car's.

The chassis set-up will be similar to the hatchback's; the front and rear tracks are unchanged, and the Watt's link rear suspension is retained. The dampers have been revised, though, to cope with heftier loads.

The Sports Tourer will be available to order from October; first deliveries are expected before the end of this year.

John McIlroy

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16 June 2010

Please vauxhall, be honest, call it an Estate. There is nothing sporty about this.

Its better looking than the 5 door, but that still doent make it sporty.

16 June 2010

Estates are currently (mostly) far more resolved in their design than the saloon or hatchback counterparts - this is no exception. Interesting (well, not really, but a point of note) that with the shift from Vectra to Insignia they cut a huge chunk from the space and useability - with this they seem to be going for "class-leading space". Beyond about 1500 litres what becomes really important is how useful that space is - if the seats are totally flat with no lip, how much the hinges intrude, how square the opening is, how much the wheelarches intrude etc. This is where the V70 usually had its rivals completely licked.

16 June 2010

Um. Design inspiration comes from many sources nowadays doesn't it. You know when a tortoise loses one of it's rear legs and some ingenious vet or other manages to glue a wheel on the shell, resulting in the rear that looks like it is stuck up in the air? *Nod* You got it.

16 June 2010

imagine what this would be like if it had rwd with a 1.6 twin turbo (2 relatively low pressure ones) tuned to about 190hp and 300Nm of torque. and they called it a wagon. with a 6-speed dsg 'box. in an ideal world.....

16 June 2010

Easily the best looking Estate/ST whatever you want to call it in this sector! lets hope they vxr this like the Insignia!

16 June 2010

Good looking car, but it looks like an estate to me......

Suppose they are trying to get away from that word as it conjures up images of 2.4 children and all that goes with it! Not that I have anything against that, but image sells cars. Always did, always will........

16 June 2010

Of course they should call it an estate car - and this even looks like it might be a decent one. Pity the Insignia's not as good looking and practical as this.

Couldn't they limit the recruitment of car designers to people who can get a girlfriend? (Or boyfriend). Estate cars are for those of us with lives and the need for something to carry them about in. "Sport tourers" are for people who want to pretend they have lives.

16 June 2010

[quote Chris576]Couldn't they limit the recruitment of car designers to people who can get a girlfriend? (Or boyfriend). Estate cars are for those of us with lives and the need for something to carry them about in. "Sport tourers" are for people who want to pretend they have lives[/quote]

LMAO! Couldn't agree more!!!

16 June 2010

Why so much criticism because GM's marketing people decided to call it a 'Sports Tourer' rather than an estate? BMW have called their estates 'Touring' for years and cop less flak!

I mean, it's just marketing hyperbole anyway - it does not mean anything different in terms of the practicality of the car. No one is going to buy this expecting a sporting vehicle a la a Porsche - you'd be a complete fool if you did. It is clearly a lifestyle vehicle, and I suppose the term 'Sports Tourer' is meant to conjure up images of beautiful people loading it with exotic sports gear on weekends and taking their Astra to exciting places, rather than the much more probable sales reps loading it with white boxes of wares and running it down the M1.

Personally, I think it looks lovely. Much better than the Golf estate (pretty from the front but too ugly from the rear) and Focus (clean but too boring from the rear).

I just hope they have the engines right. And the gearbox!

16 June 2010

[quote theonlydt] Beyond about 1500 litres what becomes really important is how useful that space is - if the seats are totally flat with no lip, how much the hinges intrude, how square the opening is, how much the wheelarches intrude etc. This is where the V70 usually had its rivals completely licked.[/quote]

That's right. There is an obsession with boot size (usually quoted to the window line - errm, surely most people want to load *above* the window line?) with little or no mention of how practical that space is.

I remember the last gen V70 being heavily criticised because, on paper, it had a fairly small boot. In reality, it was such a square shape, with a nice flat (and long) load bay, it was brilliant for the real world. I loved mine.

I'd like to see less quotation on boot size in litres, and more attention paid to the actual dimensions of the boot, including to the roof!

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