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Why the Opel Astra Sports Tourer is a typical Dutch car | Car

WITH VIDEOWithout an SUV you do not participate as a car manufacturer, and so the sometimes somewhat conservative Opel has such a multifunctional semi-off-road vehicle with the Mokka in its program. Fortunately, Opel does not just put the history in building station wagons aside. That is why there is now another Sports Tourer based on the Opel Astra.


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If we first go back to 1963, to the first Opel Kadett, we see that there was already a station version of it. Opel called that variant very creatively Caravan at the time. The name that was supposed to form a mix between Car and Van, in other words a car with the possibilities of a van. From that moment until now, just under 25 percent of all Kadetts and Astras have been station wagons. The knowledge that the Opel Kadett was the most popular car in the Netherlands for a long time means that a large part of the population must have grown up with the Kadett Caravan.

The new Opel Astra Sports Tourer. © Opel

The Dutch have a thing for stations. Nice and handy, pragmatic even, great value for money: all features that fit the station wagon phenomenon. But today’s popular SUV somehow has something frivolous, which is missing from such a decent station. Does that make the Opel Astra Sports Tourer an old-fashioned car? Perhaps somewhat in terms of image, but in practice, the spacious Astra is best.

The ultimate predecessor: the Opel Kadett Caravan from the 1960s.
The ultimate predecessor: the Opel Kadett Caravan from the 1960s. © Opel

Opels of recent years have a neat design anyway, with the sharply cut nose even slightly sporty. The length of the Sports Tourer decreased by 6 centimeters compared to its predecessor, the space between the front and rear wheels, on the other hand, increased by 7 centimeters. That makes the latest generation Sports Tourer a fraction more manageable in daily practice, without this being at the expense of the interior space.

Luggage space grown

Then what matters with the Sports Tourer: its luggage space. The volume of this increased in the latest version from 540 liters to 598 liters. That’s seriously hefty. In addition, the ‘trunk’ has a nice square shape. The space is partly so large because the roller cover, which can hide things in the luggage compartment from view, is quite high. The cover closes just below the line of the side window. By tapping the back, the ‘cover’ rolls up in the direction of the rear seat.

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Incidentally, the luggage space of the Astra with plug-in powertrain has considerably less space to offer. The battery that contains the energy that feeds the electric motor requires some space, so that 518 liters remain. If you are short, you can fold the rear seat backs from the luggage compartment.

The space under the loading floor is very handy, where you can store the charging cable (with the plug-in), for example, or other items that you want no one to see. The tailgate, which can be electrically operated on request, opens wide. So far that you won’t hurt your crown with the lock jabbing in it when you’re under the cover, unless you’re the height of a basketball player.

Petrol, hybrid and diesel

Opel is still not saying goodbye to the diesel era. The Sports Tourer is available as a petrol, hybrid and diesel engine. The Astra with hybrid plug-in drive is a solid alternative to the diesel variant. With 180 hp you will not be short of power. If you handle the accelerator in a controlled manner, you will get about 60 kilometers on the electric motor, so driving fully electrically, if the 12.4 kWh battery is fully charged. Charging can be done at 3.7 kW or optionally at 7.4 kW. Certainly if you intend to drive electrically often and therefore charge often, choose the stronger on-board charger from the options list.

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The drivetrain itself feels fine, but you notice that there are two different power sources. As smoothly as the car functions with a hybrid powertrain from a Toyota, the electric and petrol engines in the Opel do not work together so tightly.

The price list of the Astra Sports Tourer starts at € 33,149 for the 1.2 three-cylinder with 110 hp. The Astra Plug In Hybrid costs €40,149. The price difference between a Sports Tourer and an Astra five-door hatchback is about 1200 euros. Decide on an acceptable extra amount, given the extra options that you get in return.

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