★★★☆☆ |  Vauxhall Astra Sport Tourer

Vauxhall Astra review
We put the Vauxhall Astra through its paces

The Overview | The Drive | The Cabin | The Verdict | The Lowdown

The Astra sells in big numbers because it does what you want a practical car to do and fleet operators like it. With a market so crowded with fierce competition from VW, Skoda, Fiat and the likes, is the new Astra able to hold its own?

There is always some anticipation when getting a new car for review. More often than not I request a model and leave it up to the manufacturer to supply the goods. So there was high anticipation for the new Astra. I hadn’t realised until the day that it was going to be their tourer model. To you and me that means estate. So already I am off to a good start. I like estates.

It was a simple Astra CDTi with few frills at first glance. This would allow me to review the Astra as a car and not the toys. Now in its 7th generation, I was pleasantly surprised. It’s well put together and tough too.

About the author: Stuart M Bird

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Fingers have always been grease deep in attending the motoring of an ageing fleet. And now l write about new and old.
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