This one rides with sporty firmness, such as you would expect of a car aimed at keen drivers.
Ride and Handling
The GTC’s suspension includes elements from the Insignia VXR, and development work was carried out at the Millbrook proving ground in Bedfordshire to tune the suspension set-up for optimum handling. The engineers have done a fine job in giving the car excellent handling precision and making it rewarding to drive. The suspension on this car rides lower than other Astras, with 15 mm less ground clearance than the hatchback.
It sits on 18-inch wheels, which can give a harsh ride in some cars. This one rides with sporty firmness, such as you would expect of a car aimed at keen drivers. Somehow, though, it contrives to be quite firm without feeling too harsh or unforgiving. The steering has a crisp, communicative feel and seems nicely judged. Vauxhall’s adaptive damping system FlexRide is optional across the GTC range, adding £790 to the price.
Ease of Use
No three-door car is ever quite as easy or convenient for access as a five-door model, and the GTC is typical in that you have to clamber past the front seats to be a passenger in the back. For the driver and front seat passenger, though, the big doors allow good entry into the car, although the slightly lowered suspension demands a duck down as you do so.
Carrying capacity is pretty reasonable. You might assume that a sporty coupe-bodied car would not have much boot space, but the standard boot is 380 litres and once the back seats are folded the carrying capacity is increased to a very useful 1,165 litres.
The GTC has a 1,500 kg towing capacity.