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Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer

New Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer is set to feature Start/Stop technology

The new Astra Sports Tourer, set to hit UK showrooms by the end of 2010, will be one of the first Vauxhall cars to feature Start/Stop technology.

From launch, Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer buyers will have a choice of six engines, with an ultra-low emissions, Start/Stop-equipped ecoFLEX model available soon afterwards.

The petrol line-up starts with the 100PS 1.4i ECOTEC-4 with variable valve timing and sequential fuel injection, while a 1.6i ECOTEC-4 with 115PS is also available. The Sports Tourer’s most powerful petrol engine will be the 1.4i Turbo which produces 140PS, yet achieves a combined fuel consumption of 45.6 mpg and CO2 emissions of 145 g/km.

A new ecoFLEX model will be available soon after launch and will be one of the first Vauxhall models to get Start/Stop technology. Based on the 1.3 CDTi 95PS engine, the ecoFLEX features a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) and variable geometry turbocharger.

Two 1.7-litre CDTis, with either 110 or 125PS, and a 160PS 2.0 CDTi, which combines performance with 55.4 mpg combined economy and emissions of just 134 g/km, complete the Sports Tourer’s diesel engine range.

The Astra Sports Tourer shares similar styling cues with the Insignia, which is a very good looking car, and we found the Insignia Sports Tourer ecoFLEX to be very capable on long journeys.

The new Astra Sports Tourer will receive its debut at this year’s Paris Motor Show in September and will be available to order from the start of October. It will be the second model to join the new Astra range, which has now sold over 28,000 units in the UK (to end of May) since its launch last December, and has helped the Astra become Britain’s best-selling retail range in the first five months of this year. The Sports Tourer will be assembled solely at Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port plant in Cheshire.

UPDATE: Read our review of the Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer 1.7 CDTi ES ecoFLEX which made our top ten of diesel estate cars for 2012.