The Astra Tourer is now part of i News’ long-term test fleet, and Steven Chisholm was impressed by the practicality and style of the family estate.
“The burgeoning crossover segment has prompted designers to think outside of the box and put more effort into styling. Take my current long-term test car, the Vauxhall Astra Tourer. The rear end looks like a natural extension of the car’s flowing lines. In fact, I’d go so far to say that the tourer configuration improves the looks of what is already a handsome vehicle, the longer roofline, the folds and creases scored into the flanks of the bodywork combining in an elegant package.
Inside the cabin,“the Astra Tourer is a significant step forward compared with older iterations.The sleek lines and broad expanse of the dash, echo the exterior design and the elegantly-proportioned centre console creates a feeling of spaciousness to rival cars a class above. The switch gear materials are well chosen and feel almost on a par with more premium offerings and the layout, generally, is practical, user friendly and free of clutter in comparison with button-heavy competition.
“Legroom for rear passengers is excellent – even behind a tall driver – and, as you would expect from an estate car – the boot provides ample luggage space. It seems to have been designed with families in mind and the wide-opening doors mean easy access to buckle in children, while the buckles themselves are easy to access even when trying to negotiate a child’s booster seat.
“On the whole, the Astra Tourer is a good-looking and practical choice that will get few complaints on usability from family users.”