Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer (2016 -) Safety & Reliability

Review by Keith Jones on
Last Updated: 04 Apr 2016
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Following on from the 2015 launch of its hatchback sibling, the spacious Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer is the estate car member of the family. Like the Vauxhall Astra hatchback, the Sports Tourer is the seventh-generation of estates to wear the name, its lineage stretching back to 1980.

4.5 out of 5

Safety

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  • Five-star Euro NCAP crash-testing score
  • Intellilux LED headlamps impressed us
  • Driving Assistance Pack loaded with kit

As a body derivative of the hatchback, the Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer has effectively already achieved the full five-star crash test rating for safety from the experts at Euro NCAP.

In spite of its lightness, the latest Astra Sports Tourer employs a greater degree of ultra-high strength steel in its construction, with six airbags to protect passengers in the event of an accident.

As with the majority of contemporary cars there’s a host of electronic aids to boost the Vauxhall’s stability, further reducing the opportunity for a driver to lose control in the first place.

Safety equipment closely mirrors that of the Vauxhall Astra Hatchback, with SRi and Elite models featuring the Driving Assistance Pack.

Night driving is significantly improved with the optional LED Intellilux matrix headlamps, featuring 16 independent lighting pods that allow sections of illunimation to be switched on and off to avoid dazzling oncoming drivers,.

Further safety extras include blind-spot warning and an automatic parking function.

3.5 out of 5

Reliability

  • Good quality materials and well-assembled in Britain
  • Engine range already sees service in other Vauxhalls
  • An airbag fault has prompted a DVSA recall

It’s difficult to determine how reliable the latest Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer will prove to be given its newness, but so far both it and the hatchback version have been subjected to a DVSA vehicle recall over a potentially faulty passenger airbag.

The latest Sports Tourer’s a well-made car using robust components, with no rattly bits of trim on our encounters with early-build examples.

Much of the mechanical line-up is relatively new, too, but again initial reports are that they’re providing sterling service in the other Vauxhalls fitted with the latest three-cylinder petrol engines and ‘Whisper’ diesels.

Car check problem points

Body

No problems reported

Engine/Gearbox

No problems reported

Other

No problems reported