Vauxhall Astra GTC

Vauxhall Astra GTC motability carThe Vauxhall Astra GTC is a three door (two doors and a hatchback boot) coupe with head turning looks, Vauxhall have really pulled out all the stops on the design front with the GTC. With its 18″ wheels, a standard item, it certainly looks the part and the good news is it handles just as well as it looks, the engines are punchy and economical and the best news is that Vauxhall are offering some creative pricing this quarter. The GTC is not an obvious mobility car choice as it is low slung, bumpy by definition and though it has excellent space for a coupe it can hardly be described as overly practical, but it does make for excellent value if you are after a sporty little number.

 

Vauxhall Astra GTC motability car SRI interior

While the GTC is essentially a wider and lower Astra, pretty much all the car is unique to the GTC, only from the interior dashboard of the car can tell you it is related to the Astra at all. Three versions are available to mobility customers, the Sport the SRi and the Limited Edition, even in the basic Sport version you do not suffer, electric windows, air conditioning, 18″ alloy wheels, DAB radio, cruise control and a fully adjustable steering wheel are all standard items, the SRi adds a bit more of a boy racer feel to the car with sports seats, front fog lights and tinted windows as well as drivers aids such as automatic wipers and lights, hill start assist and an electric handbrake, while the Limited edition has 20″ Alloy wheels, a built in sat nav and heated front seats. The SRi and Limited Edition now come with OnStar free for three years.

 

Vauxhall Astra GTC motability car side

There are two petrol and a single diesel engine available for the GTC a 140bhp 1.4 turbo petrol and a 2.0 litre 200bhp 1.6 petrol  these are both fast, the 1.4 hits 62mph from standstill in 9 seconds while the 1.6 gets there in 7.3 seconds and on to a top speed of 143mph, economy for the small petrol is a claimed 47.9 miles per gallon (41.5 as an automatic) and 42.8 mpg for the larger engine. The new ‘Whisper’ 136 diesel can return 65.7 miles per gallon and reach 62 in an acceptable 9.5 seconds.

Autumn Best Buy – Vauxhall GTC  1.4 litre 140bhp Petrol Manual ‘SRi” –  £549 Advance Payment (£63.07 wpms)

Autumn Best Buy – Vauxhall GTC  1.6 litre 200bhp Petrol Manual ‘Limited Edition’ –  £1499 Advance Payment (446 wpms)

Autumn Best Buy – Vauxhall Astra 1.4 petrol 140bhp Petrol Automatic ‘SRi’ –  £1299 Advance Payment (£246 wpms) or £1449 (£396 wpms) as Limited Edition