WhatCar? (May 2016) Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer vs Skoda Octavia Estate
"Sleek looks, a big boot, masses of passenger space and the cheaper company car."
"Its a simple remit: deliver enough space and practicality to cater for luggage-laden family breaks, but also be enjoyable and comfortable enough for everyday commuting. The new Astra Sports Tourer looks promising on both of those fronts and the 1.6-litre diesel, tested here, is also great value for private buyers and company car drivers alike.
"Try to corner quickly and the Astra feels more agile; its front tyres grip the road better than the Octavia and there's less body lean."
"Both cars are composed on the motorway and are easy to thread through traffic, but the Vauxhall rides marginally better...it softens sharp-edged potholes more adroitly than the Skoda and is more settled at high speeds, too."
Fleet News (May 2016)
"The British-built Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer takes the high-quality package of the Vauxhall Astra 5-door hatchback and offers it as a practical estate car...Ideal for drivers who need to carry work-related equipment..."
FleetWorld (March 2016)
“Widespread weight reduction means it offers the same performance with smaller, more fuel efficient engines, as well as downsizing tyres and brakes to cut running costs”.
“That lightness is noticeable on the road. It’s agile without needing heavily-sprung suspension, now riding and handling like the best in the class. As the hatch, all versions have a de-cluttered dashboard with improved material quality and a neat touchscreen setup including Apple and Android connectivity, in both cases capable of streaming their native navigation apps as if they were built into the car. The clever OnStar system is standard equipment on to SRi and Elite models.”
“The boot holds 540 litres, 1,630 with the rear bench folded, which is significantly more than the Focus.”
“The new Astra has what it takes to stand out in a sector of the market loaded with high achieving models. Reduced list prices make it much more attractive to company car drivers, while improved efficiency and lower running costs also make it a great choice for fleet operators.” (March 2016)
“Lower Pricing and improved running costs are driving a surge in demand from fleets and company car drivers for higher trim versions of the latest Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer” (April 2016)
“Judged as the best lower medium car in this year’s Fleet News Awards, the model also features OnStar, Vauxhall’s directory service that can provide drivers and managers with a monthly report detailing fuel consumption, tyre pressure and overall condition, plus the ability to get live condition statements on demand. Meanwhile, 4G hotspot Wi-Fi underlines its potential for use as a mobile office.” (April 2016)
“Despite being similar to the outgoing model in proportions, the Sports Tourer is bigger inside, giving greater head and legroom, along with a total load volume of 1,630 litres. In addition, the new bodywork is sleeker and lighter.” (April 2016)
Business Car - March 2016. New Astra 1.6i Turbo 200hp Elite Nav
“The New Astra’s interior is, across the board, a big step forward, and this range-topper continues in that vein. It also continues Vauxhall’s tack of bringing prices down, and this model is significantly cheaper than its Ford rival despite being well-equipped. Plus, residuals impress at 34.5%”.
“The performance from the 1.6-litre turbo engine is impressive, offering very rapid yet refined and comfy progress. The New Astra’s all-round functionality and practicality is also improved, as are the looks”.
Top Gear - March 2016
“The Astra is unashamedly more soundproofed, softly damped, and pleasingly trimmed. It’s a high-quality cabin, extremely well insulated, and simply a very comfortable, agreeable place to spend long, long journeys”
“The Bi-Turbo motor is a real gem, using two-stage turbocharging to minimise lag, boost the powerband, and propel you to 62mph in less than 10 seconds and offer 67.3mpg. Really strong engine, this. Even past 3000rpm, where plenty of four-pot diesels start to sweat, this one’s still pulling, and doesn’t lose its composure”
“On the petrol side of the playing field, the 1.0-litre, three-pot turbo remains a peppy little gem. The highest praise I can give it is that a couple of times while stationary, I twisted the key attempting to start the motor, only to spot the rev counter sitting happily at 900rpm. Ah. It’s already running, idiot. That’s one hell of smooth-running three-cylinder”
Auto Car - March 2016
“By stretching the wheelbase and playing with the packaging, they’ve created more interior space, so much so that the Sports Tourer is now on par with the roomiest rivals, including the Skoda Octavia Estate”
“There’s heaps of new tech as well. New optional features include adaptive LED headlights and a powered tailgate with hands-free opening and closing. MirrorLink and Apple CarPlay are standard, giving better integration of your smartphone with the standard 8.0in infotainment screen”
“It’s even got OnStar, which delivers on board Wi-Fi for up to seven devices. On top of this you get 24-hour access to a call centre that will provide emergency assistance in the event of an accident, as well as download addresses to the sat-nav, so you don’t have to fiddle with the screen while driving”
“At 530 litres with the rear seats in place, it’s good enough for the annual family holiday, and at 1630 litres with the 40/20/40 split rear seats folded flat, it’ll manage less glamorous jobs like trips to the tip. And loading it is easy, thanks to the wide boot aperture and low floor height”
Auto Express - March 2016
“The most important aspect of an estate is boot space. The opening is a useful square shape and there’s no load lip, so sliding big objects in is simple. Plus, as the rear seats split 40:20:40 and fold down easily, there’s plenty of flexibility”
“There’s plenty of leg and headroom in the back – even with the front seats set up for a tall driver and passenger. Just like the hatch, the Sports Tourer is available with a solid range of petrol and diesel engines, and our 1.0-litre three-cylinder test car is the best of the petrol range when it comes to economy”
“The Astra is a strong performer as it delivers its 170Nm of torque from 1,800rpm all the way to 4,250rpm. That means you don’t need to work the engine hard to keep up on faster roads”
“The Astra offers a fine balance between relaxed and quiet cruising, while still being good to drive”
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