The Vauxhall Astra GTC is a robust rival for the likes of the Volkswagen Scirocco and Renault Megane coupe. It looks great and drives even better, while equipment levels are generous. It's also an almost entirely new car from the standard Astra hatchback, with its sporty performance proving most impressive – especially for its competitive price tag. You can only get it as a three-door, but there is a selection of four engines – two diesels, two petrols - with all but the most powerful turbo petrol model coming fitted with fuel-economy-improving stop-start technology. The only downside is that, despite being fast and stylish, it falls between stalls a bit, not being quite sporty enough to be a true sports car. Some canny design and smart suspension brought over from the Vauxhall Insignia VXR also means it's comfortable and practical. That's why it was named CarBuyer's Best Coupe for 2012.