Vauxhall Astra GTC hatchback

Price  £20,475 - £26,010

Vauxhall Astra GTC hatchback

reviewed by Carbuyer

  • Great looks
  • Practical for a coupe
  • Good ride and handling
  • Weak resale values
  • Dull steering
  • Drab interior

At a glance

The greenest
SRi 1.6CDTi 110PS S/S ecoFLEX 3dr £23,195
The cheapest
SRi 1.4i 120PS Turbo S/S 3dr £20,475
The fastest
SRi 1.6i 200PS Turbo S/S 3dr £22,225
Top of the range
Limited Ed 1.6CDTi 136PS S/S ecoFLEX 3dr £26,010

“Despite its sporty looks, the Vauxhall Astra GTC is a spacious and practical car with more than enough room for two passengers in the back.”

The Vauxhall Astra GTC is the sportier, three-door version of the five-door Astra hatchback. However, all of its body panels are unique to this model, giving it a more flowing and muscular shape. Its once-striking looks have dulled a little with the passing of time, but it still looks the part, especially with the boy-racer touches of Limited Edition trim.

To ensure the GTC has sportier responses than the five-door Astra hatchback, Vauxhall has given it suspension from the high-performance Vauxhall Insignia VXR. Speaking of that badge, there is of course an ultra-sporty Astra VXR coupe powered by a 272bhp petrol engine. However, it's quite distinct from the GTC and is reviewed separately.

The GTC's rivals include the value-for-money Hyundai Veloster, the very capable Renault Megane coupe and the striking-looking Volkswagen Scirocco. Others are the stylish SEAT Leon SC and the surprisingly spacious Kia Pro_cee’d GT.

Despite its sporty looks, the GTC is a spacious and practical car, with more than enough room for two passengers in the back and everyone's luggage in the boot. There's plenty of oddments storage, too.

The model is powered by a choice of diesel and petrol engines, offering a range of power outputs. Fuel consumption and emissions range from a best of 72.4mpg and 104g/km of CO2 for the 107bhp 1.6-litre diesel to a worst of 42.2mpg and 156g/km for the 194bhp 1.6-litre petrol in Limited Edition trim.

There are three main trim levels – Sport, SRi and Limited Edition – as well as one extra trim called BiTurbo, which is reserved for the most powerful diesel engine. Standard equipment is competitive, with even basic Sport models getting 18-inch alloy wheels, air-conditioning and a DAB digital radio. Options include the FlexRide adaptive chassis system, which provides three driving modes. In addition, there are numerous option packs offering everything from driver assistance technology to styling additions.

We recommend the 161bhp 2.0-litre CDTi SRi for its combination of value for money, strong performance, good fuel economy and emissions and smart looks.

MPG, running costs & CO2

3 / 5

The extra body trim on the Vauxhall Astra GTC Limited Edition versions makes them marginally less efficient than the Sport and SRi models

Engines, drive & performance

4 / 5

The Renault Megane coupe is more accomplished and the Seat Leon SC more fun, but the Vauxhall Astra GTC is still a good all-rounder

Interior & comfort

3.5 / 5

The optional VXR styling pack will give your Vauxhall Astra GTC Sport a real lift, but it’s expensive and you’d be better of upgrading to the SRi

Practicality & boot space

3 / 5

Despite the swoopy roofline, there’s a surprising amount of headroom in the back of the Vauxhall Astra GTC

Reliability & safety

3.5 / 5

The Astra GTC feels well built and the Astra hatchback on which it’s based is reliable

What the others say

3.5 / 5
based on 2 reviews
4 / 5
“It looks smart and handles well, but there are newer cars that offer similar strengths for less money.”
3 / 5
“The Vauxhall Astra GTC is an affordable, good-looking alternative to coupes like the Volkswagen Scirocco.”
What owners say 
4 /5 based on 11 reviews
 of people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated 
8 Dec 2014
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