Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Behind the wheel you’ll notice a lot of parts shared with other cars from the Astra family; familiar Vauxhall dash and stereo controls are the order of the day. One thing worth noting for shorter drivers is the location of the B-pillar. Because of the coupe-esque roofline it is situated very far back, meaning a driver has to contort themselves around to try to reach the seatbelt.

This also affects the location of the handbrake (on ‘Sport’ models which don’t have an electronic one) and gear lever, which both feel too close to the driver when they have their seat set slightly further forward. Another bugbear was the size of the A-pillar – large enough to totally block out cars coming towards you from the two o’ clock angle, which means they can take you by surprise when negotiating a country lane.

Overall however the GTC has a well laid-out cabin area and you aren’t left stretching for controls. It doesn’t feel quite as ‘premium’ as a German product in terms of fit-and-finish or materials used, but then it isn’t as expensive either.

There’s plenty of space in the front for two full-sized adults. The seats seem supportive and comfortable as well as being fully adjustable. The back seats will hold another two adults with ease, but don’t expect masses of head- or leg-room because of the sloping roof. That said, it isn't as tight in there as some of its coupe-styled competition. There’s a bit of noise in the cabin from both the road and the engine, and the bigger your choice of alloys, the more noise you'll suffer.

For an extra £790 Vauxhall can equip your GTC with Flexride adaptive damping, which electronically controls the suspension as per the driver’s setting. You can have normal, ‘Tour’ (softer) and ‘Sport’ (performance) modes – and selecting the latter will make the dash glow an exciting red colour. The ride without Flexride is sports-orientated and hence somewhat stiff, so if you value a less bumpy transit perhaps the ability to engage ‘Tour’ mode would be useful.