Vauxhall Astra GTC Coupe (11 on) - Review

Review by Parkers on
Last Updated: 26 Apr 2013
4
This striking brute is the third incarnation of the current shape of Astra, lining up alongside the five-door and Sports Tourer models. 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. 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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