Unsurprisingly, the dash design is very similar to the normal Astra’s. That means it’s somewhat overloaded with buttons, so using the various functions can be quite confusing.
It’s tricky to comment too much on quality - some of the plastics on display in our prototype car were of a lower quality than they’ll be in the final production version. It should look at least as smart as the Astra hatchback’s cabin, and there’ll probably be a few more bits of sparkly trim to liven things up.
Getting comfy is easy in the front, because there’s lots of space and plenty of adjustment for the seat and steering wheel. However, the tiny back window and sloping roofline mean rear visibility is pretty limited.
Thankfully, the sleek looks don’t compromise practicality. Sure, you feel a little more hemmed-in than you do in the hatchback, but there’s enough head- and legroom for a couple of burly adults to sit reasonably comfortably. Shoulder room will be too tight to regularly carry three across the rear bench, but at least you get a generous 370-litre boot.
Should I buy one?
The initial signs are very encouraging for the GTC, but because we’ve only driven an early prototype on a test track, it’s way too early to say whether it has the measure of the Scirocco.
What we can say, though, is that the GTC will be the cheaper car when it goes on sale in November. Prices will range from £18,495 to £22,430 – that’s a couple of hundred pounds cheaper than the equivalent Scirocco at the bottom of the range, and almost a couple of thousands cheaper at the top. The two cars are closely matched on fuel economy and emissions, but the GTC will do very well to match the Scirocco’s strong residual values.
Four engines will be available at launch. Petrol choices include the 1.6 turbo we drove, plus two turbocharged 1.4 petrols with either 118bhp or 138bhp. The diesel option is a 163bhp 2.0. You’ll also have two trims to choose from. Sport cars will come with alloys, air-conditioning and a DAB radio, while SRi cars will add xenon headlamps and automatic lights and wipers.
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