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For The Vauxhall Astra GTC is an affordable, good-looking alternative to coupes like the VW Scirocco. It drives well, it’s practical and comes competitively equipped.

Against The styling may be a little conservative for style-conscious coupe buyers, and it won’t match a Scirocco on resale values.

Vauxhall Astra GTC
33 5stars

The Vauxhall Astra GTC is a sharp-looking coupe with the handling to match, but it falls short of the VW Scirocco’s brilliance.

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There are 22 Vauxhall Astra versions available

GTC 1.4T 16v 120 Sport S/S 3dr £18,995
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
GTC 1.4T 16v 140 Sport S/S 3dr £19,880
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
GTC 1.4T 16v 120 SRi S/S 3dr £20,705
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
GTC 1.7 CDTi 110 ecoFLEX Sport S/S 3dr £20,850
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
GTC 1.4T 16v 140 SRi S/S 3dr £21,105
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
GTC 1.4T 16v 140 Sport auto 3dr £21,230
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
GTC 1.6T 200 Sport S/S 3dr £21,245
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
GTC 1.7 CDTi 130 ecoFLEX Sport S/S 3dr £21,450
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
GTC 1.7 CDTi 110 eFLX Sp.109g S/S 3dr £21,845
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
GTC 2.0 CDTi 165 Sport S/S 3dr £21,955
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
GTC 1.7 CDTi 110 ecoFLEX SRi S/S 3dr £22,080
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
GTC 1.7 CDTi 130 eFLX Sp. 109g S/S 3dr £22,445
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
GTC 1.4T 16v 140 SRi auto 3dr £22,455
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
GTC 1.6T 200 SRi S/S 3dr £22,470
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
GTC 1.7 CDTi 130 ecoFLEX SRi S/S 3dr £22,680
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
GTC 1.7 CDTi 110 eFLEX 109gSRi S/S 3dr £23,075
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
GTC 2.0 CDTi 165 SRi S/S 3dr £23,180
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
GTC 2.0 CDTi 165 Sport auto 3dr £23,430
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
GTC 1.7 CDTi 130 eFLEX SRi 109gS/S 3dr £23,675
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
GTC 2.0 CDTi 195 BiTurbo S/S 3dr £24,175
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
GTC 2.0 CDTi 165 SRi auto 3dr £24,655
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
GTC 2.0T 280 VXR 3dr £27,260
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5

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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