Vauxhall Astra GTC Coupe (11 on) - Review

Review by Parkers on
Last Updated: 03 Nov 2014
4
This striking brute is the third incarnation of the current shape of Astra, lining up alongside the five-door and Sports Tourer models, although from summer 2014 the Astra name was dropped and it was simply known as Vauxhall GTC. It has its sights set on the likes of Volkswagen’s Scirocco and the Renault Megane Coupe; both attractive three-door hatchbacks with serious style and decent driving dynamics.

Vauxhall Astra GTC Coupe (11 on)
Engaging handling, strong performance and low running costs, distinctive styling
Not as refined as German-built rivals, poor visibility and ergonomics, impractical boot

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4 out of 5

This striking brute is the third incarnation of the current shape of Astra, lining up alongside the five-door and Sports Tourer models, although from summer 2014 the Astra name was dropped and it was simply known as Vauxhall GTC. It has its sights set on the likes of Volkswagen’s Scirocco and the Renault Megane Coupe; both attractive three-door hatchbacks with serious style and decent driving dynamics. Vauxhall’s offering has an emphasis on driving enjoyment, with the high-tech front suspension set-up from the Insignia VXR employed and a wider track utilised to vastly improve traction and agility. Sounds like a strong proposition in the driving stakes, then. What about efficiency? Well, there are six engines available upon launch. Two derivatives are already under the magic 120g/km CO2 threshold under which fleet managers insist their cars pass, returning 62.8mpg in the same breath. Vauxhall expects a 50/50 split between fleet and private sales so this is a car that needs to appeal to a pretty broad spectrum of society. Good news then that an even lower-emitting, more economical ecoFLEX model is also in the pipeline along with a sizzling VXR version. The question then is this: does the GTC have enough sparkle to steal sales from its continental cousins? Read on to find out.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

4 out of 5

Performance

4 out of 5

Handling

4.5 out of 5

Comfort

3.5 out of 5

Practicality

3.5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

3.5 out of 5

Safety

4 out of 5

Reliability

4 out of 5

Running costs

4 out of 5

Green credentials

4 out of 5

Buying new

4 out of 5

Buying used

4 out of 5

Selling

4 out of 5

Equipment

4.5 out of 5

What owners say...

 The car has a great size boot and folding the rear seats down makes it very accommodating, although there is a big lip to the boot so getting heavy stuff and pets in the boot isn't the easiest, but...  

4 out of 5

James Brown ,   10 Jun 2014    ... read more

 Grwat wide doors for ease of access especially suitable for those of us who suffer a bit of leg pain.  

5 out of 5

Nik Kovrlija ,   27 Mar 2013    ... read more

 Seats in the front but the rear are too hard. drop dead gorgeous !  

4 out of 5

Kevin Parr ,   26 Jul 2012    ... read more

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