The fact that the Vauxhall Astra van enjoys cult status despite not having been in production for six years tells you everything you need to know about it. Based on the estate version of the Astra passenger car, it's clever, compact and engaging out on the road.
The fifth-generation Astra van entered the market in 2006 and has a payload capacity of up to 650kg. Featuring a low, wide tailgate opening and flat load floor, it’s easy to shift cargo into and out of, while six tie-down points keep everything secure when you’re on the move. A half-height bulkhead separates the cab from the load bay for your protection.
The cab is attractive and pleasantly similar to that of the Astra car, with a cleanly laid out dashboard providing easy-to-read vehicle information. The driver’s seat is height-adjustable for your comfort and provides ample support through long working days, while wide-angled door mirrors offer good visibility to the sides and rear.
Behind the wheel, you’ll find any used Vauxhall Astra van a pleasure to drive. Neat handling keeps it responsive around city streets, and the range of strong engines deliver keen acceleration, making for an engaging ride. With generous low-speed torque and compact proportions too, hauling your cargo around seems effortless. That’s not to say it isn’t frugal: fuel economy reaches a highly respectable 58mpg. That said, the engines won't meet Euro 6 pollution standards, which you need to bear in mind if you regularly drive regularly into London, Birmingham, or anywhere else where clean air restrictions apply.
Despite being one of the older options on the UK market, the Vauxhall Astra van still offers a range of safety equipment to rival more recent models. Not only are driver and passenger airbags installed to minimise injury in the event of a collision, active features such as ABS, electronic stability control and traction control work to protect you during each drive. Other standard kit includes electric windows, remote central deadlocking, power steering and a radio CD player for entertainment.
You'll find a range of used vans for sale at Kent van dealers Vanwise Group, including the highly-praised Vauxhall Astra van. If you’d like to find out more about any of our stock or book a test drive, give our Maidstone dealership a call on 01622 233151. Should you require affordable van finance options or van leasing solutions, we can provide those too.
If you’re a fan of the used Vauxhall Astra van and nothing else will do, get in touch with our team today. We can help you source the perfect model. If you’re open to suggestions, however, why not compare a few similar vehicles? Test drive the used Vauxhall Combo - the Astra van’s replacement - for example, and see how it fares against the used Fiat Doblo Cargo.