Review – Opel Astra Sports Tourer (2023) – No more gray mouse
Opel Astra Sports Tourer
The long-awaited stretched variant of the Astra has finally arrived in our country. The Astra Sports Tourer is for those who want to carry some extra cargo from time to time, but don’t want to end up like yet another person on the street with an average crossover SUV. He looks tougher than ever. It is low, wide and has a mean nose.
Indeed, at the front of the nose sits the Opel Vizor – which we also know from the new Mokka, Crossland and Grandland. The Opel Vizor runs the entire width of the nose and consists of the headlights and a black intermediate panel that houses all the sensors for the various driver assistance systems.
Another special design element is the sleek line that runs straight across the hood and seems to point to the Opel logo at the front of the nose. The Astra Sports Tourer comes standard with LED headlights – matrix LED is also available – and distinctive wing-shaped daytime running lights.
Low lifting threshold
The rear end is also very similar to the hatchback. For example, the taillights are even identical. The license plate is in a different place though, on the tailgate. In the hatchback, it is incorporated into the rear bumper. This gives the station a lower lift threshold, as the bumper sits much lower. Convenient because this way it takes less effort to load your vacation gear, stroller, groceries or other items in the back.
Luggage space Opel Asta Sports Tourer
Speaking of the luggage compartment, it holds 608 liters, or 1,634 liters when you fold down the rear seats. Figures that most crossover SUVs can only dream of. By the way, you can fold down the rear seat in a 40:20:40 ratio. You can’t do that in the five-door hatchback. So you can transport two people in the back as well as a long bookcase you just picked up at the Ikea. In the plug-in hybrid variant, the battery pack does take up some space, but still leaves quite a bit: 548 to 1,574 liters. The 130-hp Astra may tow up to 1,200 kilograms. The hybrid can handle up to 1,400 kg.
Variants without a hybrid powertrain can be had with the so-called “Intelli-Space. This is an adjustable cargo floor that you can easily move to a higher or lower position with one hand. You can also set the cargo floor at a 45-degree angle, dividing the cargo area into two parts.
The wheels of the new Opel Astra Sports Tourer are further apart from the previous generation. The new Astra Sports Tourer has a wheelbase of 2,732 mm, an increase of 70 mm and 57 mm more than the new Astra hatchback. There is therefore plenty of living space in the second row of seats. Adults with longer legs are better off sitting up front.
On the inside, too, the new Astra looks sleek and modern. The interior is almost completely digital. Analog clocks and gauges are absent and in their place are two large 10-inch screens. These sit tightly together so that it almost looks like one very large wide screen. Opel calls this the Pure Panel.
Important functions such as climate control can still be controlled with physical buttons. So while driving, you don’t have to spend unnecessary time fiddling with the screen to lower the heating by half a degree. Phone cables are unnecessary, as the car comes standard with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The Astra Sports Tourer is a true mile-eater. You can travel those miles in extra comfort if you check the AGR-certified front seats on the option list. Developed in-house, these ergonomic chairs are considered the best in their class. So we must admit: they are exquisite. You can adjust them in many different ways, and they are available with seat ventilation and massage function.
Opel Astra Sports Tourer engines
Like the hatchback, the Astra Sport Tourer is available with several gasoline engines as well as a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Power outputs range from 110 hp to 130 hp for the gasoline versions. The plug-in hybrid is the most powerful version, with up to 225 hp of system power. This is the extra sporty GSe variant. In Germany, we drove regular PHEV with 180 hp before. You can see how that went in the video at the bottom of this article. On Dutch asphalt, we now drive the 130-hp version, with an eight-speed automatic transmission. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on gasoline and diesel models.
The Opel Astra Sports Tourer offers a pleasant and comfortable driving experience. With its AGR-certified seats, pleasant steering and semi-sporty suspension tuning, the car delivers a balanced blend of comfort and sportiness. The suspension is sport-tuned, making the car nice and tight on the road. You do feel bumps in the road surface coming through a little more because of this. This is fine to live with, but for optimal comfort, opt for a smaller wheel size than the 18-inch wheels on our test car.
The 130-hp 1.2-liter three-cylinder provides a nice rumble and is quite peppy. He always feels like it. Feelingly, this means you are out on the road with more power. The 0-100 sprint takes 10 seconds and the top speed is 210 km/h. On paper, consumption of 1 in 17.9 is possible. In practice, this turns out to be reasonably feasible even without a velvet right foot. After a week behind the wheel, the trip computer shows consumption of 1 in 17.
What does an Opel Astra Sports Tourer cost?
The new Astra Sports Tourer starts at 33,499 euros. You then get to take home an Astra with a 110-hp 1.2-liter gasoline engine. For 34,499 euros, you will be in a 130-hp gasoline version. The 180-hp Opel Astra Sports Tourer plug-in hybrid starts at 40,499. In the video below, we tell you more about the new Astra Sports Tourer.