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Our Fleet Test Drive: Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer - 8th report

Date: 25 January 2012   |   Author: Hugh Hunston

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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
Mileage3014
Claimed combined
consumption
62.8mpg
Our average
consumption
46.6mpg
Forecast CPM54.7p
Actual CPM55.8p
Why we’re
running it
To see if the latest
Astra wagon can shake off
its predecessors’ stigma of
being a utilitarian workhorse.
PositiveCabin offers civilised
working conditions
NegativeEconomy remains
stubbornly average



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