Our Fleet Test Drive: Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer - 5th report
21 November 2011
Author: Hugh Hunston
The Astra Sports Tourer has built-in green credentials courtesy of being the market's only lower medium estate car produced in Britain - at the Ellesmere Port Merseyside factory. Consequently, it did not need to be hauled by road transporter across Europe from one of GM's continental assembly outposts and therefore has a smaller carbon footprint.
That eco factor is part of a production/sales/clientele virtuous circle as corporate customers, known for being more likely to select greener cars than retail customers, dominate Sports Tourer sales.
|Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer 1.7 CDTi SRi|
|Our average |
|Actual CPM||56.5p |
|Why we’re running it||To see if the latest |
Astra wagon can shake off
its predecessors’ stigma of
being a utilitarian workhorse.
|Positive||Loading bay |
access, seat folding
|Negative||Door mirrors don’t fold|