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For The Vauxhall 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.

Vauxhall Astra GTC

What Car? says

3 out of 5 stars

The Vauxhall Astra VXR is a surprisingly practical choice, but it doesn't handle with enough composure to compete with the best hot hatches.

What Car? readers say

4.2


Key facts

0–60mph
5.9 secs
Top speed
155 mph
Average mpg
34.9
Tank range
450 miles
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Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

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.

Reader test team says:

Vauxhall Astra GTC 2.0 CDTi 165 SRi auto 3dr

I have covered 12,000 miles + now in 10 months and I have been very impressed with the drive and chassis of this car , it is a fantastic car to drive…

David Errock

5 out of 5 stars

Vauxhall Astra GTC 1.6T 16v 180 SRi 3dr

I got my 1.6 Astra GTC Turbo in June 2012 and have loved driving it ever since I first got in it for a test drive. I have had no problems with it at…

Craig Barnett

5 out of 5 stars

Vauxhall Astra GTC 1.6T 16v 180 SRi 3dr

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.…

kevin parr

1 out of 5 stars

Vauxhall Astra GTC 2.0 CDTi 165 SRi S/S 3dr

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 ,…

Dave Robson

5 out of 5 stars
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