Astra Sportwagon Touches Down In Oz With A Holden Badge

Holden told the Australian market that it would launch 24 new models between 2015 and 2020. We’re about halfway there, and it’s just presented the 13th.

It’s the new Holden Astra Sportwagon, which is, as you might have guessed, the estate counterpart to the Holden Astra sedan and hatchback already introduced. Or to put it another way, it’s the same Astra Sports Tourer we’ve already seen, but with a Holden badge instead of Opel’s or Vauxhall’s.

Designed and engineered in Germany and built in the UK, the Astra Sportwagon was envisioned as GM’s overseas competitor to the likes of the Toyota Auris Touring Sports and VW Golf Estate. Now Opel/Vauxhall has been sold to PSA, but it’ll continue furnishing Holden with European-made vehicles for the time being.

With the rear seats folded flat, the Astra wagon offers over 57.5 cubic feet of cargo space, giving it the capacity of some SUVs – without the larger form factor. Motivation comes from a 1.4-liter turbo four rated at 147 horsepower and mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, with pricing starting at $25,740 in Australian dollars (or a smidge over $20k in US dollars).

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  • ediotsavant

    That is one ugly wagon.

  • carlbolt

    That’s a straight up ugly car, especially the C/D pillars.

  • Peter Gaskin

    Still better than a similar priced suv. bet it drives better too and actually has a decent boot and will allow 3 adults in the back for short distances


  • dilligaf

    What is a Holden?

  • Braddo

    Does my ass look big in this?

  • StrangerGP

    I’ve seen these in real life and it’s a perfect hearse.

  • CarbonPhiber

    Yes, that’s quite the D pillar. And I see they’re now unfortuantely doing what Ford does by extending the base of the side windows way past the front door. Horrid. Can you imagine the reaction if BMW came out with a design like this? Can Opel not see the problem here?

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