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VAUXHALL ASTRA SPORTS TOURER ELECTRIC REVIEW

There are very few electric estate cars on sale, so the Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer Electric is a welcome new entry to this category, and it does everything very competently.

  • Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer Electric
  • Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer Electric
  • Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer Electric
  • Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer Electric
  • Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer Electric
  • Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer Electric
  • Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer Electric
  • Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer Electric
  • Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer Electric
  • Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer Electric
  • Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer Electric
  • Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer Electric
Green Car Guide Rating: 8/10

Key stats

  • Model/Engine size:    Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer Electric Ultimate
  • Fuel:    Electric
  • Electric driving range (WLTP): 256 miles
  • Maximum rapid charging rate:    100 kW

Summary

  • The Astra Sports Tourer is one of only a few all-electric estates
  • Practical, with 516-litre boot
  • 256-mile electric driving range
  • Very good all-rounder

BACKGROUND

At the time of publishing the Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer Electric joins only two other electric estates on sale in the UK, and one of these is the Peugeot E-308 SW, which is based on the same platform as the Astra (we’re excluding the Porsche Taycan because it’s not really an estate!). So if you’re looking for an electric estate, should you consider the Astra?

Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer Electric

Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer Electric

DESIGN & ENGINEERING

Let’s start with the important information for potential estate owners: the boot size of the Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer Electric is 516 litres (which is 164 litres more than the 352-litre boot in the Electric Hatch model), or 1,553 litres with the rear seats folded. There’s a very small compartment under the boot floor – you can just about squeeze the charging cable in here, but it’s a tight fit.

The Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer Electric has a 54 kWh battery, a 156 PS electric motor, and it’s front-wheel drive. Like the Astra Hatch, the Astra Sports Tourer features simple design language, inside and out.

Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer Electric

Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer Electric

VAUXHALL ASTRA SPORTS TOURER ELECTRIC DRIVING EXPERIENCE

The Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer Electric is fuss-free in terms of design, and also in terms of the driving experience. It’s easy to drive, with comfortable ride quality on smooth roads, and it’s refined like virtually all EVs. However the front-wheel drive chassis doesn’t provide the same levels of grip or rewarding handling as a rear-wheel drive EV.

Performance is towards the leisurely end of the EV spectrum, with a 0-62 mph acceleration time of 9.2 seconds (so the name ‘Sports Tourer’ isn’t particularly accurate).

The gear selector, as found in most Stellantis models, allows you to move a switch for Reverse or Drive, and to push small buttons for ‘B’ (increased brake regeneration) or Park. There are three drive modes, Eco, Normal and Sport.

The interior shares the same simple design approach as the exterior. The central 10-inch colour touchscreen, displaying media information and cabin temperature on its home screen, is clear, as is the 10-inch digital instrument cluster in front of the driver, and there’s even a head-up display. Increasing numbers of cars seem to be gaining over-complex and overwhelming infotainment systems, but the Astra is a great example of how things can work perfectly well when they’re kept simple. Having a central touchscreen, a driver’s instrument display and a head-up display is also much better than just having one central touchscreen.

The Astra even has clear physical buttons; there are two rows of buttons under the central touchscreen – these are mostly climate controls, including cabin temperature controls, and there’s also a home button for the touchscreen. To view the satnav you need to swipe the home screen to the side. We’d prefer a shortcut button for the satnav, and the mapping graphics aren’t as good as many rivals. If you swipe the satnav screen to the side you get a screen showing the main infotainment controls – again, a shortcut button for this screen would be easier, and more obvious, than swiping.

There’s even a traditional volume control on the dashboard, which is user-friendly; front seat passengers having the ability to easily adjust media volume seems to be increasingly rare on many new cars.

Even the lane keeping assistance can be switched off reasonably painlessly, via the vehicle button.

The driver’s seat base and back rest can be adjusted electrically, but to move the seat forward and backwards you need to use a separate, traditional mechanism under the seat. It can take a bit of effort to get the ideal driving position, and we found that the plastic trim on the right-hand side of the centre console can dig into your left leg when driving.

Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer Electric

Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer Electric

VAUXHALL ASTRA SPORTS TOURER ELECTRIC RANGE AND CHARGING

The Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer Electric has an official combined WLTP electric driving range of 256 miles – just two miles less than the Hatch model. Although the car was typically displaying 262 miles of range when fully charged, it was averaging 220 miles in terms of real-world range.

Another impressive feature of the Astra Sports Tourer Electric is its energy efficiency, with electric consumption of 4.2 miles/kWh.

The Astra Electric has a maximum rapid charging rate of 100 kW, which is the standard figure for most Stellantis products. This allows a 20% to 80% charge at a 100 kW DC charger to be completed in 26 minutes.

An 11kW on-board charger can deliver a 0% to 100% AC charge in 5 hours 45 minutes using workplace charging, or 8 hours using a 7kW home charger.

The Astra Sports Tourer Electric has a heat pump which aims to minimise any loss of battery range from heating the cabin in cold weather.

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Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer Electric

Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer Electric

PRICE AND MODEL RANGE

The Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer Electric in Ultimate trim is priced at £45,460, which is £2,200 more than the equivalent Hatch model, which costs £43,260. Our test car had the option of Crimson Red two-coat premium metallic paint (£700), taking the total price of our car to £46,160.

The Astra Sports Tourer Electric is available in three trim levels: Design (from £39,995), GS and Ultimate.

Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer Electric

Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer Electric

Conclusion

If you’re looking for an electric estate, up until now your choice has been limited to one car: the MG5 (if we accept that the Porsche Taycan Sport/Cross Turismo with its 446-litre boot isn’t really an estate). So electric Estate-lovers can rejoice – you can now buy the Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer Electric, as well as the Peugeot E-308 SW which shares the same platform. With a boot that’s 164 litres larger than the Electric Hatch model, the Sports Tourer is more practical. Other than that, the Astra Sports Tourer Electric offers the same benefits as the Hatch, ie. it’s easy to drive, comfortable, refined, with simple car controls. The driving range of 256 miles is reasonable, and with prices starting from £39,995, it’s at the more affordable end of the EV scale. The performance won’t excite you, and the front-wheel drive chassis doesn’t offer the grip or rewarding handling of a rear-wheel drive EV. But the Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer Electric is a very good all-rounder and is awarded a Green Car Guide rating of 8 out of 10.

Car facts and figures VAUXHALL ASTRA SPORTS TOURER ELECTRIC REVIEW

  • Test electric driving range: 220 miles
  • Consumption (WLTP): 4.2 miles/kWh
  • CO2 emissions (WLTP): 0 g/km
  • Vehicle tax rate (VED):    £0
  • Benefit in Kind (BIK) company car tax liability (2024/25): 2%
  • Price:    £43,260
  • Insurance group:    26 E
  • Power:    156 PS
  • Torque:    270 Nm
  • Max speed:    105 mph
  • 0-62 mph:    9.2 seconds
  • Weight:    1,678 kg
  • Towing capacity: N/A
Paul Clarke

Review by:
Paul Clarke, GreenCarGuide Editor