You can now order an all-electric estate car other than the MG 5 EV, in the form of the Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer Electric (we’re not classing the Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo as a proper estate car).
The Astra Sports Tourer Electric offers 516 litres of luggage space, increasing to 1,553 litres when the 40/20/40 seats are folded.
The Astra Sports Tourer Electric features a 54kWh battery, giving an electric driving range of 256 miles. The electric motor has a power output of 156hp and torque of 270Nm, delivering a 0-62 mph acceleration time of 9.2 seconds.
Efficiency of 4.2 miles per kWh is aided by the Astra having a heat pump, which uses waste heat from the battery and electric motor to warm the cabin in cold weather, so minimising loss of battery range.
Also helping with its efficiency is the fact that the Astra Sports Tourer Electric weighs only 68kg more than the Plug-in Hybrid version. It also has a special ‘eco tyre size’ of 215/45R18 A+ (large wheels and tyres are a key contributor to reduced efficiency of EVs).
The Astra Sports Tourer Electric can be rapid charged at up to 100kW DC, which should give a 20%-80% charge in 26 minutes. All Astra Sports Tourer Electric models come with a three-phase 11kW AC onboard charger as standard, enabling a 0-100% charge in 5 hours 45 minutes, or 8 hours from a 7kW home wallbox.
The Astra Sports Tourer Electric is available in a choice of three trim level: Design (£39,995), GS (£42,345) and Ultimate (£45,460). Ultimate versions include roof rails and a hands-free powered tailgate. First deliveries are due in spring 2024.
With the arrival of the Astra Sports Tourer Electric, Vauxhall now offers six fully electric passenger vehicles, and it will offer a fully electric version of every model from 2024.