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Our Fleet Test Drive: Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer - 11th report

Date: 01 March 2012   |   Author: Hugh Hunston

Astra in country lane

Hopefully most drivers don't share our ritual of factoring in extra time when preparing for early departures to clear ice from both sides of the Astra's front screen, despite the absence of residual cabin moisture.

It is a mystery why Vauxhall and many other brands haven't followed Ford's example with the Quickclear type of heated element, which saves time and aggro. It also reduces the need for using the demisting blower that dries out drivers' contact lenses. Our Astra also fails another screen test, this time for shorter drivers being irked by the instruments and dials reflecting on to the upper windscreen at night.

Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer 1.7 CDTi SRi
Mileage3901
Claimed combined
consumption
62.8mpg
Our average
consumption
46.2mpg
Forecast CPM54.7p
Actual CPM58.1p
Why we’re
running it
To see if the latest
Astra wagon can shake off
its predecessors’ stigma of
being a utilitarian workhorse.
PositiveParking sensors for
night manoeuvres
NegativeReal mpg is well
behind official stats



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