Vauxhall Astra GTC (2011 – 2016) Review

Vauxhall Astra GTC (2011 – 2016) At A Glance

Stable and enjoyable handling. Good level of standard equipment. Distinctive styling.

Visibility poor especially to rear. Interior not dramatically different from the hatchback.

Insurance Groups are between 13–35
On average it achieves 75% of the official MPG figure

Don't be fooled by the name of this Vauxhall Astra. While GTC may sound similiar to GTE - the badge that was given to high performance versions of the Vauxhall Astra in the past - this is essentially the replacement for the Astra Sport Hatch - the three door version of the Astra. However, Vauxhall has injected some zest into the GTC, turning much more of a coupe.

While it’s still unmistakably an Astra, the GTC has a more exciting appearance and looks impressive in the metal. In fact, the exterior of the car shares only two components with the five-door model – the aerial and the door handles. The sloping roofline, exaggerated shoulder line, daytime running lights and boot lid spoiler all make for a purposefully styled vehicle, as do the large 18-inch wheels, which come as standard.

The cabin is less exotic than the exterior though, looking more or less identical to that of the standard Astra, albeit with a few neat touches here and there. It’s an enjoyable car to drive and feels extremely planted to the road. Thanks to sophisticated front suspension the GTC feels neutral through bends and is composed and reassuring.

There are six engines available – three petrol and three diesel – with power outputs ranging from 120PS in the entry level 1.4-litre petrol to 180PS in the range topping 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol. The 2.0-litre CDTi is the best of the bunch, with plenty of torque and good fuel economy of 58.9mpg. And a VXR version is on the way in 2012, with a turbocharged engine and the usual VXR aggressive styling.

Vauxhall Astra VXR 2012 Road Test

Real MPG average for a Vauxhall Astra GTC (2011 – 2016)

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

75%

Real MPG

20–70 mpg

MPGs submitted

472

Diesel or petrol? If you're unsure whether to go for a petrol or diesel (or even an electric model if it's available), then you need our Petrol or Diesel? calculator. It does the maths on petrols, diesels and electric cars to show which is best suited to you.

ASK HJ

Which is the better used buy - Golf, Astra GTC or Focus?
I'm looking at buying a used car. I am trying to upgrade my 10 year old SEAT Ibiza - so looking for something stylish and quick/fun to drive - but also reliable and fairly economical as I do a fair amount of motorway driving. Ideally, I would like something from 2012 on with a budget up to £8500. I am considering the Vauxhall Astra GTC 2.0 CDTi or 1.4i Turbo. I also like the Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSi and a Ford Focus 1.6 EcoBoost or 2.0 TDCi. I have also thought about an Audi A3 and SEAT Leon. What would you recommend?
The Astra GTC is a great looking car, but better with the 1.4T than the growly old diesel. Golf Mk VIs are the most complained of cars in the UK, riddled with faults. A3s and Leons share their parts. Focus are better, but not much. See http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar
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Lied to by dealer over missing service history
I bought a used Vauxhall Astra GTC last year from a main dealer. All seemed well until I brought it home and found the service history was missing. I contacted the dealer and was told it was still in the office and would be posted out to me. Weeks went by and I never got my hands on the service history and when I contacted again I was told it was lost but that a copy could be gained from the Vauxhall database. Frequent messages continued for months and I was told multiple times that it was retrievable. Last month the dealer told me that the service history would not be retrievable as it was not carried out at a Vauxhall garage. What's more, it seems two of the car's four annual services have been missed. What are my legal rights?
In that case you can reject the car because they sold the car to you under false pretences and repeatedly lied to you. Law here: http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/faq/consumer-rights/
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Why can't I get tyres for my Vauxhall Astra GTC?
I bought my Vauxhall Astra GTC new on the launch date. Its 19-inch wheels needed new front tyres at six months. The supplying dealer was unable to obtain tyres for the car due to the peculiar size of 235/45R19 and it took four weeks until I could get them. The car was at the dealership again last week for some warranty repairs and a safety report pointed out it needs two tyres due to punctures. They cannot supply me with tyres and Bridgestone are again unable to deliver them. I contacted GM in Luton to be told it’s not their problem. They don't have to ensure companies make tyres for the car. I refuse to pay £700 for Pirelli tyres off the Internet and then pay extra for fitting because Vauxhall supplied a car with tyres so uncommon it is not viable to stock them. Your views would be greatly appreciated.
It's a stupid wheel and tyre size anyway, the car doesn't need them. They're only for bling. Chuck the wheels and tyres and fit with more sensible 16-inch, 17-inch or 18-inch wheels, otherwise you'll be forever replacing very expensive worn or damaged 19-inch tyres.
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Which sports coupe to replace a Celica?
My aunt, an advanced motorist in her sixties, is looking to replace her much-loved 42,000 mile, 2005 Toyota Celica 1.8. Her requirements are a front wheel drive coupe with a bit of performance and novel, rakish looks to stand out from the crowd. If the back will occasionally accommodate a bike with the front wheel removed, so much the better. She can spend about £20,000 in addition to the trade-in. Any suggestions?
I suggest the Volkswagen Corrado, the new Astra GTC or, best of the lot, a Megane RenaultSport 265. Or wait for the new flat-four Toyota GT86.
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