Our Fleet Test Drive: Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer - 7th report
03 January 2012
Author: Hugh Hunston
The Astra Sports Tourer's cabin provides a civilised place for drivers.
The controls and instruments are largely intuitive - apart from initial confusion over pressing the outside ring of the central stack dial to select various functions - and the satnav has been refreshingly logical to operate, as is the DAB radio/CD player. The high-quality digital reception enjoys almost uninterrupted area coverage, too.
Heating and ventilation controls are effective, even if a bout of overnight steamy windows takes frustratingly long to clear. Equally, cruise control is not seamless while the driver's seat-height adjuster is sticky to use.
But the net result is an integrated and joined up design, with feel-good touches like reddish ambient instrument cluster, central console and floor-level lighting at night. Pity an annoying buzz has developed within that ergonomically sound fascia.
|Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer 1.7 CDTi SRi|
|Our average |
|Actual CPM||55.8p |
|Why we’re |
|To see if the latest |
Astra wagon can shake off
its predecessors’ stigma of
being a utilitarian workhorse.
|Positive||Cabin offers civilised |
|Negative||Economy remains |