What is it?
It’s the estate version of the current Vauxhall Astra, the Sports Tourer. Specifically, this is the most potent diesel in the range: a 1.6-litre twin-turbo that produces 158bhp.
Vauxhall has put the new Sports Tourer on a crash diet, saving weight by using high-strength steel in the body and fitting a lighter exhaust and smaller wheels. It’s done the job: the new model weighs up to 190kg less than the old car, which should make it a much more agile thing to drive.
Unlike most cars, which seem to grow with every new iteration, the designers at Vauxhall have kept the Sports Tourer's dimensions roughly the same as before. However, by stretching the wheelbase and playing with the packaging, they’ve created more interior space - so much so that the Sports Tourer is now on par with the roomiest rivals, including the Skoda Octavia Estate.
There’s heaps of new tech, too. New optional features include adaptive LED headlights and a powered tailgate with hands-free opening and closing. MirrorLink and Apple CarPlay are standard, giving better integration of your smartphone with the standard 8.0in infotainment screen.
It’s even got OnStar, which delivers onboard wi-fi for up to seven devices. On top of this you get 24-hour access to a call centre that will provide emergency assistance in the event of an accident, plus it will download addresses to the sat-nav, so you don't have to fiddle with the screen while driving.