New 2022 Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer plug-in hybrid estate: specs, prices and on-sale date
The estate version of the latest Astra continues Vauxhall's bold new approach to styling and will be available as a plug-in hybrid from launch, starting from £33,400
With the new Vauxhall Astra hatchback already on sale and deliveries expected later this year, Vauxhall has now revealed the Sports Tourer estate version of the car. It'll compete with the Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus and Toyota Corolla estates, as well as its Peugeot 308 SW sister car.
Along with the traditional petrol and diesel variants, the Astra Sports Tourer will also be available with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain, making this the first electrified estate from Vauxhall. The top-spec HYBRID-e model makes a combined 222bhp from its petrol-electric drivetrain. A fully electric version will follow in 2023.
However, at launch, the only plug-in HYBRID-e powertrain available is the less powerful 178bhp version. This offers up to 42 miles of pure-electric driving – a few more than its Peugeot 308 counterpart – and its CO2 emissions stand at 25g/km. Exact fuel economy has yet to be announced, although it’ll probably match or exceed the 281mpg maximum of the plug-in hybrid 308 SW.
Choosing the plug-in hybrid option has a relatively minimal impact on boot space, too, reducing capacity by just 60 litres from 608 to 548 with the rear seats up, increasing to 1,574 when they're folded flat. The optional ‘Intelli-Space’ storage feature is only available on petrol and diesel-engined models, however.
Much like the hatchback, Vauxhall’s new ‘Vizor’ styling should see this Sports Tourer stand out more than the old model, but the Vizor also has a functional purpose, by allowing the sensors for the various driver-assistance and safety features to be hidden in plain sight.
Inside, Vauxhall has fitted its Human-Machine-Interface (HMI) fully digital display setup, made up of a 10-inch driver instrument cluster and 10-inch digital touchscreen. Thankfully, physical buttons for essential features such as climate control remain, plus wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto feature as standard.
The Astra Sports Tourer looks like it should prove particularly comfortable on longer journeys, at least for those up front, as the front seats are certified by the German organisation Aktion Gesunder Rücken (AGR) – the 'Campaign for Healthier Backs'.
At launch, the Astra Sports Tourer HYBRID-e is only being offered in one trim level: GS-Line, priced at £33,400. For that, you get 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, heated sports seats, the Pure Panel infotainment setup with dual 10-inch displays, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There are also safety systems such as a 360-degree parking camera, active cruise control and traffic-sign recognition.
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