It’s not easy to top the confidence of an Astra, yet the new Vauxhall Astra GTC adds a dash of racing spirit to one of the manufacturer’s most celebrated vehicles. In addition to its track-ready looks, this three-door coupé is also a safe and practical family car, giving drivers and passengers a high level of comfort and convenience.
You’ll easily spot the new Astra GTC in a crowd, with its dynamic and progressive coupé design giving it an even more distinctive presence than the conventional Astra hatchback. An aerodynamically tuned front bumper and wraparound headlights set it apart from the rest of the range, along with seven-spoke 18” alloy wheels (19” versions available at extra cost). The bodywork’s aerodynamic qualities, along with the interior’s excellent craftsmanship, keeps road, wind and engine noise to a minimum, as well as enhancing performance and refinement.
The immersive and spacious cabin of the Astra GTC shows a similar racing-derived pedigree to its exterior. Despite its low roof and streamlined looks, the car provides generous headroom and legroom. The impression of space is further strengthened by the panoramic windscreen, which floods the cabin with light. Storage capacity of 380 litres (extendable to 1165 litres with the rear seats folded forward) also makes the GTC a highly practical vehicle for everyday use. If you habitually carry heavy or bulky items, the boot can be fitted with load lashing eyes to keep luggage and larger items secure in transit.
Performance and driving dynamics are the first priorities of this three-door coupé, but this is also combined with outstanding refinement and an array of features to keep occupants refreshed and entertained. This blend of energy and practicality is there to give you the confidence to take on every journey and new road adventure.
Cruise control, air conditioning and a DAB digital radio are standard on all Astra GTC models. A USB connection socket with iPod connectivity, meanwhile, allows you to play your favourite music at any time. A flexible steering column and height-adjustable front seats enable drivers to find the most comfortable position behind the wheel.
The engine range for the Astra GTC includes three petrol and three diesel units – and, in recognition of the model’s sportier appeal, even the least powerful engine is a 1.4-litre powertrain supplying 120PS. Modest compared to the other engines on offer, it still ensures a 0-60mph time of no more than 11 seconds – as well as combined fuel consumption of 47.9mpg and 139g/km of carbon emissions.
At the other end of the spectrum is a 2.0 litre petrol unit with 280PS, which offers 0-60mph in a barnstorming 5.9 seconds. Certain other engines, such as the 1.7 litre diesel powerplant with ecoFLEX technology, return combined fuel economy of 68.9mpg combined and CO2 output of just 109g/km.
The HiPerStrut system is fitted as standard at the front, with semi-independent Watt’s rear suspension balancing out the rear axle for improved handling and stability. Every engine partners with a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox, and most versions offer a choice between the two.
The new GTC follows in the confident footsteps of the Astra by claiming its own five-star Euro NCAP safety rating. ESP Plus guards against drivers losing control of their vehicle, distributing torque to prevent uncontrolled skids. Optional active safety measures, such as Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Alert systems, provide even more sophisticated assistance to keep you and your passengers out of dangerous situations.
In the event of an impact, the reinforced safety cell and steering column absorb collision energy, and the anti-submarining ramps in the front seats prevent passengers from sliding out of their belts. Six airbags (front, side and curtain) all come as standard, and you can deactivate the front passenger airbag to securely fit a child seat. There are also active head restraints fitted to every seat, and integral ISOFIX attachments join the inertia reel seatbelts on the rear bench. Together, these measures provide a strong protective shell in the event of an impact.
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