Our Fleet Test Drive: Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer - 8th report
25 January 2012
Author: Hugh Hunston
Thanks to its swooping, sculpted 'blade' look, our Astra reflects a pledge made by Mark Adams, GM Europe's design vice president, to move away from the vans-with-windows styling.
However, maintaining the estate's aesthetic balance with an extra 279mm in length over the hatch counterpart is compromised by a colour mismatch. The wagon's additional rear overhang is accentuated by two contrasting shades of Power Red paint, where steel wings meet the plastic moulded bumper section. Small adjustments in the Ellesmere Port factory paint-spraying booths might provide a solution.
|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 |