Buying a Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer is easier than sunbathing on the beach. Why?
Because buyers can tweak its manufacturer’s finance terms to suit their circumstances.
Let us consider an example. Sandra Sunburn wants the Exclusiv 1.7 CDTi trim. Vauxhall's
Flexible Finance Calculator says that its on the road cash price is £21,740 and that they
will contribute £500 towards her deposit. Good thing too. Sandra, you see, spent all her
money lotion to sooth her burnt skin. She therefore chooses not to add to Vauxhall's
deposit contribution. However she has a healthy income so opts to buy the car over a
short time, specifically two years. This equates to monthly payments of £817.50 which
totals £20,120 throughout the contract (including Vauxhall's deposit contribution).
However, Sandra could make smaller payments over any number of months up to sixty
- so her payments could fall to £327. Plus, if she sells her lotion to raise a deposit this
would further reduce her monthly commitment. And there is more good news for
Sandra. However long her contract and whatever size her deposit, the interest rate is
Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer Exclusiv 1.7 CDTi Review
The Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer Exclusiv 1.7 CDTi is the perfect seaside companion.
Why? Because its cargo capacity is 500-litres rising to 1,550-litres when the rear
seats are folded flat. That is more than some rivals and similar to its more expensive
sibling, the Insignia Sports Tourer. Its cavernous cargo capacity complements the
130PS diesel engine which propels it – and Sanda's unflattering beachwear – to 62mph
in 10.2 seconds. Very impressive for an estate car that averages 65.7mpg. It also
manages 72.4mpg on the extra-urban cycle and 56.5mpg in town. These figures were
inconceivable in the recent past and ensure that carbon emissions are low (114g/km).
This load-lugger can therefore be taxed annually for only £30. The Astra Sports Tourer
is also nice to drive so it feels composed through the corners and inspires confidence.
Standard equipment includes: air-conditioning, electric front windows, cruise control and
an electronic stability programme to prevent the rear tyres losing traction on corners
and spinning the car. Sandra likes that. Furthermore, electric rear windows, climate
control, and parking sensors can be specified as cost options but – considering the price -
it would be nice to have some of these as standard. But hey, Sandra Sunburn still loves it.