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.

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.

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Key facts

5.9 secs
Top speed
155 mph
Average mpg
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 such as the VW Scirocco.

The pick of the engine range is the turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol. It's not quite a hot hatch, but the performance is still impressively strong and responsive. We'd also go for Sport trim, which is well equipped and good value.

Reader test team says:

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Picked up my GTC yesterday. Travelled 50 miles in my Insignia to PX it for the GTC in the tail-end of Hurricane Gonzalo. I thought the Insignia had a…

Malcolm Mallett

5 out of 5 stars

Vauxhall Astra GTC 2.0 CDTi 165 SRi auto 3dr

I have had my 2.0 CDTi SRI AUTO since Oct 2012 and have done 44,000 miles and all in all its proved to be a fantastic car! Its not lacking in power…

Nadine Rowlands

4 out of 5 stars

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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
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