The Vauxhall Astra GTC is an attractive coupe, with fantastic driving dynamics and a proven track record. It's backed up by a range of strong, efficient engines which make it a tempting choice.
Visually, the sporting pretentions of the Astra GTC are abundantly clear thanks to its unique design. A wide, low profile helps the GTC it stand apart from the rest of the Astra range, with striking 18-inch alloy wheels a standard feature on the GTC SRi model and 20- inch alloy wheels as a standard on the limited edition. All models also feature tinted rear windows and daytime running lights. To boost this coupes sporty profile the limited edition GTC features front sports seats with leather facings and Morrocana-trimmed side bolsters.
The bold design means the GTC benefits from a large boot space, with 380 litres at your disposal, which can be enhanced by lowering the 60/40 split rear seats to give 1,165 litres of space. The rear seats are also extremely spacious for a coupe, with ample head and leg room for rear passengers.
All GTC models have generous technology levels for 2016. The stylish dashboard is adorned with a 7-inch colour monitor which controls all functions, including the integrated Bluetooth, digital radio and Vauxhall's OnStar system. OnStar is your personal connectivity and service assistant which includes vehicle tracking, automatic crash response, and enables your car to be Wi-Fi ready as a wireless hotspot. Air conditioning, cruise control, and rain sensitive windscreen wipers also feature throughout the range.
A range of powerful, turbocharged engines make the Vauxhall Astra GTC a joy to drive. Petrol engines include the 1.4i Turbo and the 1.6i Turbo, which offer up to 200 PS of power for strong performance, but with economy of over 40 miles to the gallon. There's also a 1.6 CDTi diesel engine in two different tunings, which can achieve over 65mph with a strong power output. Not only does the Astra GTC deliver a dynamic performance but it looks it too with a sport style front bumper, rear spoiler and body-colour grille bar which feature on the limited edition model. The GTC has a fully redesigned set-up and retuned suspension, designed to get the most from the engine range.
The Astra GTC boasts a full five-star Euro NCAP safety rating with a tyre pressure monitoring system, along with all-round airbags and stability control.
Backed up by a superb range of engines, the Astra GTC is great to drive, but also well-equipped and surprisingly practical for a coupe model.