The 2006 Model Vauxhall Astravan wheelbase is longer than the outgoing model, but with shorter overhangs, the roadholding is better and there is more room inside the cab and in the rear for cargo. You get about two inches of extra length and an extra 45kgs carrying capacity in the 2006 Model Vauxhall Astravan compared to the previous version.
Keep loads in place with 6 loading eyelets and the standard half bulkhead stops things rolling under the pedals – splash out on the optional full height mesh to prevent things hitting the driver’s head.
Astravan buyers can choose between four Euro 4 engines – three oil burners and a petrol. Top of the range gets you a 120PS 1.9-litre common rail diesel also used in the Astra car. Also available is the 1700cc common rail diesel rated at 100PS and a compact 1300cc common rail with a hefty 90PS available. The petrol unit is Vauxhall’s 1400cc 90PS unit.
The Vauxhall Astravan comes as standard with ABS including EBD and Brake Assist – buyers can also upgrade to a flat tyre detector as well. Passive safety is inherited from the car – no problems there as it achieved a top, 5-star Euro NCAP crash rating.
Unusually for a van, both the driver and the passenger get airbags as standard – you can upgrade to side cushions too, whilst Vauxhall’s nifty system to get the pedals out of harm’s way in the event of an accident is also included.
Security is taken car of by remote-controlled central deadlocking, and a sophisticated alarm system is available for an extra ungrade cost. Blip the blipper at night and the lights stay on to see you safely through your front door. If the driver has the luxury of a garage this is the safest place for the Astravan – not many other vans on the road today would fit into it!
The 2006 model Astravan gets a 3-year warranty like the other models in the Vauxhall commercial vehicle range with servicing every 20,000 miles
Standard equipment on the ‘Club’ version consists of height adjustable seat, central locking, twin airbags, CD player, tinted glass in the tailgate, whilst the Sportive model comes with 16” rims, aircon, sporty seats, colour coding, roof rails, electric mirrors plus a bit of chrome and leather trimming,
Want to know about the heritage of the Astravan?
The van first appeared in 1981 taking the baton from the infamous Chevanne, this was replaced in 1985 and Vauxhall added the higher volume Astramax to the lineup. 1992 saw the next incarnation of the Astravan, which was replaced in 1998, with the current model still marketed in 2010.