Vauxhall Astra GTC 1.4T

The only elements the GTC shares with its siblings are door handles and the roof aerial

The only elements the GTC shares with its siblings are door handles and the roof aerial

The Astra GTC is one of the most stunning cars around, so does it live up to its good looks. We find out…

 What is it?
A three-door sporty version of the Astra Hatchback it is designed to  give a more driver- oriented appeal.

Who is it aimed at?
Definitely more suited to those willing to make a few compromises, like space or back seats, but if such considerations are not an issue you get sleek looks, good performance and all for less than £20K.

Styling?
The stylish exterior and slopping lines are stunning from every angle and this is car with “must have” appeal. The GTC is wider and lower than the regular Astra hatchback which really enhances its looks.

Under the Bonnet?
Our test car was powered by a 1.4 turbo petrol which gives a reasonable amount of power  (140bhp) and fuses just the right mix of economy and performance.

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What about Inside?
Inside the GTC is nearly identical to the Astra so it shares the same cluttered interior and tiny fiddly buttons but it is comfortable and has gorgeous sports-styled seats. Despite being a sporty looking car it is also actually roomy.  There is more than ample space throughout and the back seats while not large will accommodate a passenger or two, depending on size and definition of comfort. We did manage to squeeze two car seats into the back but to be honest it was all a little too cosy!. Boot space is good, again given the design of the car and is 370 litres  with all seats taken, while 1165 litres of volume is available with the rear seats folded. 

 

On the Road?
The GTC drives just as good as it looks and adapts well to any road surface, always a big plus on country roads.  The 1.4 petrol engine has to be worked hard and the bigger engines would be our choice but it is fun to drive and the gearbox is slick and smooth.

And Safety?
Given the top 5 star Euro NCAP safety rating the GTC will keep you and yours safely cocooned. There are airbags all round (front, side and curtain) .

Options?  The Astra GTC can be ordered with a choice of four engines – one diesel and three petrols.

What about fuel economy?
Fuel consumption on a combined cycle is 47.9mpg and  CO2 emissions are 139 g/km

Okay so the Verdict?
The Astra GTC is no hot hatch but it is genuinely sporty. It looks great, drives well and Opel have definitely injected just the right amount of zest to make it feel like a totally new car. A three door car is a compromise but if you are in the market for one the Astra GTC is worth more than a second look.

Why you’ll buy one? Stunning styling; must have appeal; fun to drive.

Why you won’t? Dreadful visibility, cluttered interior .

 

Rivals:
VW Scirocco £19,845
Renault Megane Coupe £16,780

Vauxhall Astra GTC 1.4T (Petrol) 
Engine:  1364cc engine putting out 120bhp @ 4,900 – 6,000rpm and 200Nm of torque @ 1,850 – 4900rpm
Max speed : 119 mph
0-62 mph 9.9 seconds
Emissions : 139 g/km
Model price range:£19,040 – £22, 430
No of Doors: 3
Euro NCAP:  5 stars
Insurance group 1-50: 13
Fuel type:  Petrol
Fuel Economy (combined cycle): 47.9 mpg
Boot Capacity Seats up (seats down):  380 litres (1165)
Car Seats: Isofix points for two car seats, difficulty to use given the tight space in the rear.
Length: 4466 (mm)
Width: 1840 (mm)
Height: 1482 (mm)
Wheelbase: 2695 (mm) 
Service interval (miles) 20000
Warranty (years)     
Warranty (miles) 100000

 For  more information check out the Vauxhall website or the Vauxhall facebook page

 

Author: Geraldine Herbert

Motoring journalist Geraldine Herbert is the founder of wheelsforwomen. A jury member for the International Women’s World Car of the Year, she has been a motoring journalist for over ten years and is the motoring expert for Good Housekeeping Magazine and their “Women at the Wheel” section of goodhousekeeing.co.uk. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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