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Astra Van: A Suitable Transportation Option for SMEs

The Vauxhall Astra van, sometimes known as a pickup, is a favourite amongst commercial transporters and SMEs that need more carrying capacity than a car offers. It combines a car's handling with the load-carrying benefits of a van. You can find a suitable option with a variety of features on eBay.

Can a Vauxhall Astra van meet your loading capacity needs?

Vauxhall Astra vans have been around for over 20 years. There are several versions, each with unique loading capacity and cabin size. The dimensions of the model built between 2006 and 2012 are 1.78 m long and 1.38 m wide (1.10 m between the wheel arches). Its height is 0.91 m, giving it a maximum volume of 1.58 cubic metres and a payload of 650 kg. However, since some used models have been customised, see the manufacturer's website for details. Vauxhall Astra vans with larger engines can tow up to 685 kg unbraked. Newer versions have even more capacity.

Fuel efficient commercial vans

The standard fuel for Astra vans is diesel, but petrol versions are also available. Diesel engines range from a 1.3 cdti to the 1.9 cdti. Therefore, see the manufacturer’s site for details on a specific van model. If you plan to carry a lot of weight regularly, you might want to consider the 1.7 cdti or the 1.9 cdti as they can withstand prolonged high-torque demands. There is a full range of transmissions to choose from too, including automatic, semi-automatic, and manual.

The safety features of a Vauxhall commercial vans

Each version of the Astra van is unique, so you should see the manufacturer's site for details. However, the following features can be found in different versions.

  • ABS Brakes: The anti-lock braking system prevents wheels from locking up during hard braking, keeping the tyres in contact with the road making it easy to control.
  • ESP: The electronic-stability programme activates the vehicle's brakes when it detects a loss of traction. It helps keep the van from veering off the road.
  • Airbags: All versions of the Astra van come with driver and front passenger airbags, which activate in the event of a collision, cushioning the occupants from the moment of impact. Some Astra van models have additional side-impact airbags.
Are you interested in an in-built stereo system?

The basic models of Vauxhall Astra vans come with an AM/FM stereo. However, there are versions with CD players and even multi-changers that let you scan through several CDs. If you buy a used van on eBay, it might come with a customised stereo system. You should confirm with the seller.

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