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Vauxhall Astra Electric Sports Tourer review

£39,940 - £45,405
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Published: 06 Dec 2023
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Buying

What should I be paying?

The Vauxhall Astra Electric Sports Tourer starts at a snip under £40k. That makes it nine whole grand more expensive than an MG 5, but, erm, significantly cheaper than a Porsche Taycan. So there’s that.

Design trim is Vauxhall’s base-spec, and as standard you get LED headlights with high beam assistance, 18-inch wheels, cruise control, hill start assistance, climate control, rain-sensing wipers, electric and heated mirrors, a soundproofed windscreen, numerous active safety gizmos, a USB port up front and - rejoice - Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

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Oh, and that 10-inch touchscreen ‘n’ instrument cluster combo is included too, so no need to fork out extra just to fill the expanse of that dash-mounted panel.

The mid-spec is GS trim from £42,345. That adds traffic sign recognition to the tech wizardry, plus a 360-degree camera, Vauxhall’s Pure Panel Pro display, dual-zone climate control, a heated steering wheel and front seats, an armrest with cupholder (bestill our beating heart), ambient lighting, black alloys and roof, tinted rear windows and ‘sports’ pedals. Nope, us neither.

Top-spec Ultimate cars begin from £45,460. At this point there surely isn’t much more kit Vauxhall could lob into the Astra ST, but adaptive LED pixel headlights find their way in, as does a head-up display, wireless phone charger, a heated windscreen, an electric driver’s seat, Alcantara on the seats and doors, a panoramic roof, powered tailgate and high gloss black roof rails. For the full ‘I am practical’ vibe. Plus the lane change assistance (meh) and blind spot alert (usually handy).

In each case, the estate is £2,200 more than the Astra hatch.

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And what would chef recommend?

Honestly the entry-spec Design comes with plenty, so go with that. Vauxhall has been canny by making the gaps between all three trims on finance - which, let’s face it, is probably how you’ll be buying this car - temptingly narrow. Worth it for a warm bum and fingers though, right?

As a guide, you’re looking at £465 per month for the base car. Mid-spec is £35 a month more, and Ultimate’s another £40 on top. That’s with nearly £4k down up front and repayments over a five year term. The Astra hatch is about £40 cheaper than each of those.

How much is a top-up costing me?

Depends where you do the topping up. Plug in at home and a full charge should cost you under £20; less if you can get onto one of those energy schemes with the dirt cheap overnight tariffs. Use a public rapid charger and your bill might be double that. Occasional use won’t be an issue, but if you rely on these then you’ll quickly begin to wonder if an old diesel might’ve made more financial sense.

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