Two-thirds of Opel sells Astra as a station car. This will not change with the new generation either – most customers should be happy to take an additional fee of 1100 euros compared to the five doors in their hands. The Astra Sports Tourer successfully manages the balancing act between the master of load and lifestyle, in terms of driving technology, comes in petrol and diesel versions, and there is also a hybrid of plug-in as a top model. Opel has bad news and good news for their buyers.
Opel Astra Sportstourer: For an additional charge, it gets a flexible and non-gloss “matrix” matrix lamp.
In ancient times, a station car was the standard of all things when it came to transport vehicles. Then came Vans and stole many families away from classic carriers. And when the SUV finally appeared in the dealership showrooms, big changes began.
Appreciated by the customer
However, the station car has not been released to the market to date. He is highly valued in Germany, and often the driver of a company car. Other models, such as the VW Passat or the Skoda Octavia, go to the customer almost as a station car. And for Opel Astra, the ratio has remained “surprisingly stable” by two-thirds for years, as program director Thomas Overhaus says.
Much is suitable there: The luggage compartment holds about 600 to 163 liters.
And so, in fact, the new generation of Astra is once again available as a “Sports Tour”. The first thing you notice in the luggage compartment is what you have in the station car. It holds at least 597 with a maximum capacity of 1634 liters. In terms of loading capacity, the Opel SUV Grandland (514 to 1652 liters) can still run smoothly. The Sports Tourer also has the added advantages of a practical luggage compartment – 103 by 103 centimeters – with a low loading sill for only 60 centimeters, as well as an “Intelli-Space” loading floor, which can be adjusted. two heights and at an angle of 45 degrees can be closed. If needed, the back door opens with an electric shutter for the sensor controller.
Dog box instead of golf bags
“We wanted to make Sports Tourer a master of reloading,” says Overhaus, explaining the purpose of planning and reporting on the “special loading conditions” that the new model had to meet during its design. It was not golf bags, which are overused, that played a role, but more important items such as large dog boxes or some tool cases.
“Clean Panel”: That’s what Opel calls the theme of a slightly curved screen that includes two large displays.
But Sports Tourer did not succeed with the lifestyle designers’ expectations. They have painted a standard, seamless “Vizor” unit of radiator grille and lights on the surface, and the roof is available in black for the first time. The twisted “Clean” Panel design of the two screens extends to the dashboard, the operation is simple and intuitive, the content of the smart phone also finds the right way for two monitors via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. For an additional charge, Opel will install a high-performance display and adjustable interior, air-conditioned and air-cooled massage chairs that have a seal approved by the Health Back Initiative (AGR). And the additional menu also includes a 360-degree camera and traffic signal recognition.
Thoughts of regular drivers
The drivers include a 1.2-l three-cylinder petrol engine with 81 kW / 110 hp or 96 kW / 130 hp and, for regular drivers, as before, a 1.5-l four-cylinder diesel 96 kW / 130 hp. Larger diesel and diesel are available voluntarily with eight-speed automatic transmission (2400 euros). In addition, the Astra Sports Tourer also has partial electricity for the first time. As a plug-in hybrid, it has a system output of 133 kW / 180 hp, a 60 km radius – derived from a 12.4 kWh lithium-ion ion. Battery – turns out to be adequate, but not very luxurious, and the space taken by the battery costs a cargo room 81 liters. By 2023, only the electronic version will follow, similar to the brother Peugeot e-308 SW platform.
Links: Such as the Peugeot 308 and its derivative of its “SW” station car, the Astra and Astra Sports Tourer are also based on the so-called EMP2 platform.
In the first trial around Rüsselsheim, Sports Tourer described himself as a quiet and balanced traveler, father and mother would not win every corner, as other clients were concerned, more concerned with comfort. -the characteristics associated with the chassis, and here nothing can be said about the Astra station car, it only shares the imperfections of the tarmac and its occupants.
Life with Astra Sports Tourer starts at 27,750 euros, the most popular petrol engine is on the price list from 29,050 euros, diesel from 32,150 and plug-in mix from 40,200 euros.
Environment bonus: Part of the manufacturer remains
Unfortunately, those who order PHEV now will not get it this year, Thomas Overhaus agrees about a government bonus that will probably be removed at the beginning of the year. This is bad news. The good news: Opel will continue to pay the developer part of the environmental bonus – net of at least 2250 euros.
Opel Astra Sports Tourer briefly:
When he comes: It can already be ordered
Who created him: VW Golf Variant, Peugeot 308 SW, Kia Ceed Sportswagon, Hyundai i30 station wagon etc.
What motivates him: 1.2 l three-cylinder petrol engine with 81 kW / 110 hp or 96 kW / 130 hp, 1.5 l four-cylinder diesel with 96 kW / 130 hp, hybrid plug and output system 133 kW / 180 hp
What does it cost: From 27,750 euros
What follows: Variant of all electrical model