Vauxhall has announced that its full all-electric Astra range is now available to order in the UK, with the arrival of the Astra Sports Tourer Electric estate car.
Unveiled at the end of last year, the Vauxhall Astra Electric (hatchback and estate bodystyles) is powered by a 54kWh battery and a 156hp electric motor pairing, which the manufacturers says can muster a maximum electric range of 258 miles on a single charge (256 miles for Sports Tourer).
The exterior styling and interior layout of the Astra Electric range is almost identical to the entry-level petrol model, apart from the absence of exhaust pipes in the rear, and the larger 18-inch alloy wheels that come as standard.
The ‘GS’ grade comes with LED headlights, tail lights and daytime running lights, as well as LED front fog lights. The car sits on 18-inch alloy wheels as standard, and features dark-tinted privacy glass for the rear windows.
Lead-in tech includes a ten-inch infotainment touchscreen that can run Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – like the combustion-powered Astra – and dual-zone climate control. The steering wheel, front seats and folding door mirrors are all heated with the ‘GS’ spec, and the car can be opened using a keyless entry function.
Opting for the ‘Ultimate’ adds more advanced Matrix LED headlights, as well as a panoramic sunroof and leather upholstery. A head-up display projects driving information onto the heated windscreen, and a wireless charging pad for smartphones is also included.
Pricing for the hatch starts at over £37k for the hatchback version, while lead-in versions of the larger Sports Tourer are priced at just under £40k.
This Vauxhall Astra Electric range has largely failed to stand out in what is a very competitive family EV sector so far. While models are well-equipped as standard and the car’s efficient battery offers a long range, reviewers add that its pricing is comparatively expensive, and rivals are more engaging on the road. The Astra Electric currently holds an Expert Rating of 55%.