Vauxhall Astra Van

by David Stokes

This van is powered by a 1.3 diesel engine and gives out an amazing 90PS at 4,000 rpm and a very respectable torque of 200Nm at 1,750 rpm. As the engine is so small, one must use all the gears to maintain a decent speed, so the six-speed gearbox with well-spaced ratios is welcome.

The main purpose though of a van is to carry goods. Whether it’s breads, cakes or sandwiches, it must have carrying capacity. The Astra does not disappoint in this aspect; load space in the back is respectable for a small to medium van. Load length of 1.753 metres, with a width of 1.380 metres and a height of 0.9 metres adds up to a volume of 1.58 cu m. The width between the wheel arches is 1.103 metres. The Astra is able to accommodate two bakery trays in line and a 30" cake tray alongside.

A good driving position, coupled with comfortable seats, cuts down a lot on fatigue, making the driver more alert and thus more productive. Light on fuel consumption, it is little wonder that the Astra maintains its popularity.

Basic ’On the Road’ Price: £11,370 (ex VAT)

Engine Type: 4 in line diesel

Capacity: 1,300cc

Overall Length: 4,515mm

Overall Width: 1,753mm

Height: 1,500mm

Wheelbase: 2,703mm

Internal height: 900mm

Internal Width: 1,380mm

Gross Vehicle Weight: 1,905kg

Payload: 645kg

Kerb Weight: 1,260kg