The latest Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer pulls offƒ a neat trick. It’s lighter than the old model, but provides more space for passengers and luggage.

Of course, reduced weight may improve economy and emissions, but it also makes for less favourable matching ratios.

More interior space is welcome, though. Vauxhall promises a step forward in cabin quality, along with safety and connectivity technology.

We’re testing the Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer 1.6 CDTi BiTurbo in Elite Nav spec. It’s a car that’s been on Practical Caravan’s, a long-term fleet. But what tow car capabilities does it have?

Is it stable at speed and in emergency manoeuvres, despite its modest weight? And how well does it stack up as an estate car? Read on to find out!