For The Astra VXR is a fast, comfortable and refined hot hatch with a surprisingly spacious interior.
Against It has vague steering and unruly handling, plus it’s expensive to buy and rear vision is poor.
The Astra VXR is a surprisingly practical choice, but it doesn’t handle with enough composure to compete with the best hot hatches.
Don’t think the Vauxhall Astra GTC is just a three-door version of the Astra hatchback. In fact, the GTC doesn’t share a single body panel with the five-door Astra. It also has a longer wheelbase, a wider front- and rear track, more sophisticated front suspension, revised rear suspension, and sits 15mm lower.
The sharper, more focused driving experience means the Astra GTC is a rival for sporty coupes like the VW Scirocco.
The pick of the engine range is the turbocharged 1.6 with 178bhp. It's not quite a hot hatch, but the performance is still impressively strong and responsive. There are also two turbocharged 1.4s, one with 118bhp and the other with 138bhp. Diesel buyers are catered for with the 163bhp 2.0CDTI.
You’ll also have two trims to choose from. Sport cars come with alloys, air-conditioning, and a DAB radio, which is all most people will need. SRi cars, meanwhile, add xenon headlamps and automatic lights and wipers.
well what a year with my gtc ... good car ruined by vauxhall engine coolant leaks oil leaks i wanted to love this car but its been very unreliable.…
I collected my car in mid April 2013 but before i decided on it i looked around and could not find the answers to the question i wanted to know ,…
Just bought car month ago fantastic car dont agree with review about car being gutless its not. Handles really well and is fast when you get to 3rd…
This is our favourite Vauxhall Astra GTC. The 1.6T is well worth the extra over the smaller petrol engines, and Sport trim has enough equipment to satisfy most buyers.