Our Fleet Test Drive: Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer - 10th report
16 February 2012
Author: Hugh Hunston
Our Astra Sports Tourer might be highly specified and sporty, but it must justify its existence on a running cost basis.
Alas, the 125hp 1.7-litre diesel-powered estate has under-achieved in economy terms. Careful monitoring of the fuel used and distance covered computes to an average 46.2mpg, with peaks of 49.8mpg and 52.3mpg flattering to deceive for a model with an admittedly nominal combined official figure of 62.8mpg. Analysis unsurprisingly shows that the peaks involved predominantly motorway mileage.
In the meantime, the lack of a dedicated stop/start Ecoflex Sports Tourer with our 119g/km CO2 power unit imposes inherent consumption and environmental/tax penalties in urban conditions, and is illogical from a fleet perspective as that package is offered on the less tax-efficient 165hp 2.0-litre and less powerful 110hp 1.7-litre diesel counterparts.
|Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer 1.7 CDTi SRi|
|Our average |
|Actual CPM||58.1p |
|Why we’re |
|To see if the latest |
Astra wagon can shake off
its predecessors’ stigma of
being a utilitarian workhorse.
|Positive||Parking sensors for |
|Negative||Real mpg is well |
behind official stats