Read Caroline’s Opel Astra Sports Tourer review for everything you need to know about buying Opel’s new compact estate car in Ireland.

The Opel Astra Sports Tourer is a bit of a latecomer to the Astra range, but definitely worth waiting for as it adds a little more space and practicality to the Astra range in the attractive shape of an estate car.

The current Astra has been available in Ireland as a hatchback since 2022. Since then Opel has added electric and plug-in hybrid variants, though the electrified versions don’t currently feature in the Sports Tourer range.

Opel’s compact estate car is available with the choice of petrol and diesel engines in Ireland, with both fuel types still accounting for significant market share in Ireland.

Let’s take a closer look!

The Opel Astra Sports Tourer
The Opel Astra Sports Tourer

Styling

Just like the hatchback, the new Astra Sports Tourer is a handsome car with now familiar Opel design cues like the ‘Vizor’ black panel grille framed by sharp LED lighting. There are a number of trim levels available – SC, Elegance and GS – that adjust the look somewhat. For instance the top of the range Astra Sports Tourer GS on test adds some sportier styling including more dynamic bumpers, 18-inch alloy wheels with red detail, a black window surround and blacked out Opel blitz logos at the front and rear. Finished in Perla Black, this car has formidable presence. Other eye-catching shades are available including Jade White, Yellow Amber and Hot Red.

Interior

The Astra Sports Tourer has a solid and honest cabin that mixes modern digital screens with more traditional buttons and switchgear. All the controls fall easily to hand and it’s a car you quickly feel at home in. There’s a driver-focused feel too with a high centre console housing the gear selector for models with an automatic transmission, a touchscreen angled towards the driver and paddles behind the steering wheel for the diesel automatic. It feels well-made with a mix of materials to add interest, though there are some exposed hard plastics in the doors. The seats in the GS are another highlight, finished in suede and leather-effect.

The cabin of the latest Astra
The cabin of the latest Astra

A full digital driver display comes as standard and a touchscreen with wireless Apple Car Play and Android Auto. It all comes together for a fashionable widescreen effect. The ventilation can be adjusted from the screen, with handy buttons underneath to quickly adjust the fan speed or temperature for example. Standard features include adaptive cruise control, keyless entry/start and automatic climate control. The GS has such luxuries as heated front seats, heated steering wheel, wireless smartphone charging and a 360 camera.

Practicality

The Astra Sports Tourer is naturally more spacious than its hatchback sibling. It sits on a longer wheelbase so feels roomier in the back and will be able to sit adults in comfort. The boot volume also expands to up to 597 litres. That’s significantly bigger than the 422 litres in the Astra hatchback and similar to rivals like the Toyota Corolla Touring Sports and Cupra Leon Sportstourer. A Skoda Octavia Combi has just about 40 litres more. The Astra’s boot has a wide opening and low sill, while the rear seats can also split fold 40:20:40. There’s also a retractable boot cover and switches to let down the rear seats.

Engines

The Astra Sports Tourer is offered with a choice of 1.2-litre petrol (110hp) with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 1.5-litre diesel (130hp) with an 8-speed automatic. Unlike the Astra hatchback, it’s not offered as electric or hybrid at the moment.

The Astra Sports Tourer is available with the choice of petrol or diesel engine
The Astra Sports Tourer is available with the choice of petrol or diesel engine

Driving

I was testing the diesel and it truly impresses in the Astra. It has more than ample performance with 130hp, 300Nm of torque and 0-100km/h in 10.6 seconds. There are a few driving modes like Normal, Eco and Sport, which do adjust the drive somewhat. The Sport mode for instance makes the acceleration feel livelier and weights up the steering for when the roads get a bit twistier. It’s a confident handler regardless and offers good refinement levels for a car of this kind, never getting too noisy.

All versions sit on standard suspension, including the GS, so it doesn’t ride too firm over the tarmac and is ideally suited to long runs on the motorway.

When it comes to fuel economy, my average consumption over a week of driving was 5.1 litres per 100 kilometres. If you do a lot of motorway miles, the diesel is certainly a good option and the torque suits a car of this size.

As a German car brand, Opel also insists on making its cars ‘Autobahn-proof’ so it is easy to keep in lane on the motorway and never feels tiring or unwieldy to drive.

Boot space in the Opel Astra Sports Tourer
Boot space in the Opel Astra Sports Tourer

Pricing 

The petrol manual range starts from €31,295, while the diesel automatic range starts from €38,295. The Elegance is available from €32,995. The diesel GS Line on test has a list price of €43,195.

Verdict

The Opel Astra Sports Tourer is a great addition to the Opel range, and builds on the success of the Astra hatchback with more space and style.

It could make a good alternative to an SUV, being good-looking and practical, well-built and nice to drive.

It also offers a more spacious interior than the hatchback, particularly when it comes to legroom, and the big boot makes it an excellent family car or load lugger. It does get expensive in the top of the range GS trim, particularly as a diesel, but feels like a very complete car in many ways.

While there are no electrified options for now, the diesel Astra still has its merits. With diesel cars seeing a small resurgence in the last few months, this Astra diesel estate is definitely one worth considering if you do a lot of driving, particularly on motorways.

The Opel Astra diesel estate still has many merits in today's market
The Opel Astra diesel estate still has many merits in today’s market

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Written by Caroline Kidd

Founder and Editor of Changing Lanes, Juror for Irish Car of the Year