Opel has officially started taking orders in Belgium for the highly anticipated Astra Sports Tourer Electric, ahead of the Peugeot e-308 Electric. Its price is lower than a comparable version from the plug-in hybrid series. However, as the roomier cargo space, compared to the five-door, raises the bill by 2 000 euros, it overshoots the Flemish government subsidy.
It’s still a young and often neglected category. With the 5, MG was the first to offer a compact zero-emission estate in Europe, but the Chinese pioneer now has company from two Stellantis models: the Astra Sports Tourer Electric and the Peugeot e-308 Break.
Though Stellantis is in hot pursuit of democratizing zero-emission driving, the Tourer version of the Opel Astra is 6 105 euros more expensive than the MG. Prices start at €41 990.
Interestingly, the PHEV versions from the Astra Sports Tourer (starting with the GS at €46 300) are 600 euros more expensive (Astra ST Electric GS: €45 700). Order books for the affiliated version at Peugeot aren’t open yet, with prices still to be released. But these will align, bar some equipment details.
Purchase price limit
Unfortunately, in its estate version, the Astra isn’t eligible for the 5 000-euro EV bonus (as of January 2024) from the Flemish region, which is entirely cut for cars above the €40 000 purchase price limit.
The base version of the five-door Astra files under the incentive, at least in its base version, costs €39 990. Ultimately, this widens the gap with the subsidized MG 5 (€30 385) to more than €10 000, fueling the mantra that primarily the Chinese automakers benefit from local government support.
Keeping an eye on weight
In Flanders, the Astra Sports Tourer Electric will need to counter other qualities, as it comes powerfully equipped with a range of standard features, including air conditioning, comprehensive LED lighting, and the advanced Pure Panel cockpit featuring two 10-inch displays.
For those demanding next-level luxury and convenience, the GS boasts AGR-certified ergonomic Active sports seats, a collision warning system, and a 360-degree camera that enhances all-around visibility. The most advanced ADAS assistants are optional, like speed adaptation and semi-automatic lane changing.
Three-phase as standard
As a station wagon, the Astra provides a range of 413 kilometers according to WLTP and keeps its weight under control with a mere 1 760 kilograms. Under the hood, the electric motor delivers 115 kW/156 hp, with a maximum torque of 270 Newtonmeters for a spirited start. Opel allows a top speed of 170 km/hour, above average in the EV market.
The heart of the Astra Sports Tourer Electric is Stellantis’ latest battery driveline, featuring a lithium-ion pack of 54 kWh. Reaching 80% battery capacity takes approximately 30 minutes at a 100 kW DC fast charging station. The Astra Sports Tourer Electric also has a three-phase 11 kW onboard charger from the factory, facilitating more rapid home charging.
Standard luggage space equals the PHEV’s specs: 517 liters (five-door: 305 liters), but folding the backseat increases practicality to 1 553 liters (five-door: 1 268 liters).