Opel has unveiled the estate version of its new Astra. We could expect that because the manufacturer has been building stations on the basis of its Astra and previously also Kadett platforms for almost 60 years. Just like Peugeot, by the way, where the 308 SW shares a lot of technology and specifications with this Astra.
This is immediately noticeable when you look at the trunk volume, because with a base capacity of 608 liters — expandable to 1,634 liters with the rear seats down — let the Astra Sports Tourer record identical figures as the 308 SW. If we compare that with the Astra hatchback, the station wagon offers 186 liters more space behind the rear seat. Unless you go for one of the plug-in hybrids, because it has to lose slightly in trunk volume to accommodate the battery. However, you still have a nice 548 to 1,574 liters.
The Astra estate comes standard with a rear seat that can be folded down in three parts. With all three parts down, a completely flat loading floor is created. Optionally, you can equip the loading floor with Opel’s Intelli-Space system, which can adjust the floor in height and can even tilt it to an angle of 45 degrees. We don’t know exactly what that looks like yet, but we envision something in the sense of a compact dump truck.
Break with Vizor
Apart from its hinged loading floor, the Astra Sports Tourer remains relatively similar under the skin to its shorter variant — and to the Peugeot 308. In the front we find 1.2-litre petrol engines with outputs of 110 or 130 hp, a 1.5 diesel with also 130 hp. or two plug-in hybrid powertrains with either 180 or 225 horsepower. This Astra also gets Opel’s characteristic Vizor grille, which in principle makes it the first station wagon with Opel’s new nose.
The Astra Sports Tourer is expected in showrooms around mid-2022. How much more this estate should cost compared to its hatchback brother is not yet known.