'ST' in the model name stands for 'Sports Tourer', and the model certainly has an athletic appearance. Black roof rails, sculpted 'blade' side panels and a distinctive rear end all feature to lend the ST greater individuality. It also stands that bit taller, and has a longer roof which flows gently into the redesigned rear spoiler. It stays true to its roots, however, and from the front when you spot the integrated headlights and grille, you'll be reminded that the model is definitely an Astra.
The interior style is also reassuringly similar, continuing the 'blade' theme over the steering wheel, door handles and air vents. It's also got the intuitive wraparound instrument panel, premium finish and bright chrome accenting. Whether you're ferrying the family around or making deliveries as a sole trader, you'll appreciate the sheer amount of luggage space that the ST can offer. There are up to 1,550 litres of space available depending on the seat configuration.
Engines and fuel economy
When you choose your vehicle, you'll have engine options as well as plenty of trim, colour and accessory choices. These range from the 1.3-litre ecoFLEX at 94bhp up to the new 2.0-litre biTurbo diesel packing 194bhp and 400Nm of torque. Any engine you prefer will deliver on efficiency, as the built-in energy-saving features push economy as high as 70.6mpg combined. Depending on the power system you opt for, the ST could also claim an impressive braked towing weight limit of 1.4 tonnes.
There's no denying that the ST is different from the original Astra in many ways, but one thing you can count on is a five-star Euro NCAP rating for safety. In the event of an impact, you're cushioned from all angles by full-size airbags, as an extra layer under the reinforced shell and crumple zones. Before a collision occurs, the vehicle will do all it can to prevent that happening – ESP, ABS and Straight Line Stability controls all work behind the scenes to support you.
Contact Lookers Vauxhall today
Come to Lookers to test drive the new Vauxhall Astra ST and see how it can enhance your journeys. To make your appointment please call us or make a visit to your closest dealership.