The original's a tough car to beat, yet the new Vauxhall Astra GTC manages to bring even more spirit and energy to UK drivers. It holds on to a practical, compact hatchback style, topped with a distinctly sporty new look that singles it out from the crowd.
One very noticeable upgrade is to the engine range. Pick the 1.4-litre turbo petrol at 118bhp or 130bhp, or be ambitious by selecting the 2.0-litre 276bhp diesel. The fastest time that the GTC can clock on the 0-60mph run is close to six seconds. There are plenty of options in between to balance performance with efficiency and economy, such as the 1.7-litre versions delivering up to 68.9mpg combined. CO2 emissions in each version are also reassuringly low.
You'll feel glued to the edge of your seat on every drive, yet in reality you'll be secured and protected by the GTC's wide-ranging safety measures. It holds the same five-star Euro NCAP rating as the original Astra, delivering the familiar front, side and curtain airbags, ESP-plus and active head restraints. Straight Line Stability and traction control help you maintain the right path on the road, and ABS kicks in whenever you need it.
Redesigned front suspension on the Vauxhall Astra GTC offers a good level of control and flexibility on a wide range road surfaces and when driving in inclement weather conditions. The suspension may be a little on the firm side for some people, but is designed to ensure the best roadholding and handling possible. The steering provides excellent feedback and the level of grip, when cornering, is quite impressive. On open roads and with the larger engine, there is a good amount of usable power available.
Even the larger engine records competitive fuel consumption figures for the class and size of vehicle. There is little doubt that the Vauxhall Astra GTC is likely to attract the attention of economy-conscious drivers who are looking for a sporty yet practical car. The emission figures for the larger engined model are impressive, offering the possibility of low road tax, while the smaller engines have even better ratings.
Racing legends have been the main inspiration for the GTC, and it shows from the aerodynamically-optimised bumper to the prominent rear spoiler. Even the wraparound headlights aren't just for show, creating more visibility in front of you at night. Vauxhall's engineering team developed the chassis at the world-renowned Nürburgring to produce an ideal combination of performance, responsiveness, insulation and reduced outside noise.
The cabin's similar in style and atmosphere to the cockpit of a track car. Each ergonomic seat is finished with silver piping and stitching, which is carried across to the rest of the trim and upholstery. Upgrade to the SRi trim level for bespoke sports seats and a tactile, leather-covered steering wheel. Unusually for a sportier model, the fully-carpeted boot is both spacious and practical, equipped with the type of sturdy load lashing rings you'd expect in the back of a van.
The new Vauxhall Astra GTC is available at all of our Lookers Vauxhall dealerships, and you can contact any of our teams now to book your test drive. Please get in touch in person or over the phone and we'll provide more details and make your appointment. Alternatively, why not take a look at our current selection of quality used cars for sale across the Astra range.