Economical engine and plenty of space: Opel Astra Sports Tourer can become a family friend

Economical engine and lots of space
Opel Astra Sports Tourer can become a family friend

Also in the compact class nothing works without a good combination offer. The Astra Sports Tourer therefore has a special meaning for Opel. The test shows whether the Rüsselsheimer meets expectations.

The really good friends are always there when you need them, but they are never intrusive. Okay, the analogy with the new Astra Sports Tourer seems a bit far-fetched, but it’s basically correct. Because the new Opel actually has all the facilities in-house to perhaps not exactly become the best mate, but to become a friend of the family.

The Opel Astra Sports Tourer is 4.64 meters long.

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With a station wagon – and that is what the pompous name “Sports Tourer” is about – we first look at its transport and loading talents. And it immediately looks good. At least if we look at the load volume and compare it with that of the eternal rival Golf, in this case the Golf Variant of course.

Place test passed

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The trunk fits between 608 and 1634 liters.

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With 608 liters of luggage space, the Astra remains a negligible 3 liters behind the Wolfsburg. With the maximum load volume with the rear seats folded down, the gap of 8 liters in favor of the Golf is also small, the Opel has 1634 liters away, more than enough for everyday use and also for most transport tasks; from the holiday trip to shopping at IKEA, which is often useful in such cases. And if the children are not too big, even three fit in the back seat, for two there is still room in the parental space giant even at student age.

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The front carries the “Vizor” face.

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The place test can therefore be regarded as passed. Let’s move on to a softer factor, the optics. Whether you find the Astra station wagon “beautiful” is of course a matter of taste. But you will hardly find anyone who will describe it as a failure. The line of the 4.64 meter long five-door model, which actually belongs to the mid-range, is absolutely coherent, whether you like the distinctive so-called “Vizor” face with a black radiator grille is – you guessed it – again a matter of taste. It’s okay for us, but its seriousness doesn’t exactly trigger storms of enthusiasm.

Visually not much to complain about

Interim conclusion here: The Astra Sports Tourer has become a modern car, which visually has little to complain about. However, it also does not stand out in everyday traffic, during the test drives with the completely new vehicle there were no corresponding reactions from other road users. But maybe he doesn’t need to stand out. After all, we (hopefully) judge our best friends by different criteria.

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The petrol engine has a displacement of 1.2 liters and has 130 hp.

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Opel offers several powertrain options, including two plug-in hybrids and a diesel. It produces 96 kW/130 hp, which is just as much as our engine, the three-cylinder petrol engine from the Stellantis shelf. Although only equipped with a displacement of 1.2 liters, the turbocharged petrol engine initially pulls the 1.4-tonner rapidly forward with the typical hum of a three-pot. Smooth 10 seconds for the sprint to 100 km/h is a reasonable value. The Sports Tourer could reach speeds of up to 210 km/h on the Autobahn, which we could not control due to time, traffic and speed constraints. But also because the engine, despite the turbo, starts a bit quieter when accelerating further from 160 km/h.

Consumption convinces

But the consumption is convincing, we only exceeded the standard value of 5.6 liters per 100 kilometers by 0.8 liters. The six-speed manual transmission also turned out to be pleasantly smooth to run, but the gradation is of course mainly made from the point of view of consumption and is in any case not conducive to driving pleasure. If you have 2,400 euros left, you can alternatively order the eight-speed automatic transmission, which – as we know from other Opel models – does its job very smoothly and effortlessly. However, the price is also less family-friendly.

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The controls are mostly simple, there are still direct access buttons and plenty of shelves.

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Speaking of design: unlike its French sister model, the Peugeot 308 SW, the Opel is much more sober, which fits the image of Opel, which CEO Carlos Tavares likes to call ‘engineering brand’. The operation is often simple, there are still buttons for direct access and enough shelves for, for example, an inductively charging smartphone. You only have to go a little clumsily through the intermediate station “Apps” to access the proven Tom-Tom navigation system for navigation access. And another shortcoming: The Stellantis group is still a long way from the best in the business when it comes to voice input, like the lady in the cockpit, who is often “hard of hearing” but proved once again.

However, this hardly detracts from the overall positive impression. Especially since the Opel Astra Sports Tourer is reasonably priced, at least for this time. In the fairly well-equipped GS version, the Rüsselsheim-based company asks 31,530 euros for the compact loadmaster. As always, you can of course drive up the price considerably. We would definitely add the combination of navigation and head-up display, which costs a manageable 1,600 euros. And if you want to invest even more in the new family friend, you will easily find what you are looking for in the price list.

Technical specifications

  • Five-door, five-seat estate car of the compact class
  • Length: 4.64 meters, width: 1.86 (2.06 with exterior mirrors) meters, height: 1.48 meters, wheelbase: 2.73 meters
  • Cargo space capacity: 608 to 1634 liters
  • Petrol: 1.2 liter three-cylinder turbo petrol engine, 96 kW/130 hp, maximum torque: 230 Nm at 1750 rpm, six-speed gearbox
  • 0-100 km/h: 10s, Vmax: 210 km/h
  • Average consumption: 5.6 – 5.8 litres/100 km
  • CO2 emissions: 126 – 132 g/km
  • Emission standard: Euro 6e, test consumption: 6.4 litres/100 kilometres
  • Price: from 31,530 euros (GS Line)

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