Opel Astra GTC

4/5
Opel Astra GTC  new car image
Verdict

Most petrol heads like a bit of grunt from their cars. They like the noises from the likes of the SEAT Leon Cupra, the Golf GTI or even the Focus ST. Most of them therefore should like the Opel Astra OPC for all of its noises. This is a serious car that offers plenty of growl.

Performance

The Astra OPC comes with a 2.0 litre engine with plenty of grunt. This offers 280 hp and will bring you from 0-100km/h in just 6 seconds. This petrol model, we're told, has a top speed of 250km/h. It comes with a 6-speed manual gearbox which is so much fun to use. Opel reckons that the average fuel economy on this machine is 8.1 litres per 100km. We'd tend to this agree with that figure and say that we returned more than 10l/100km. Still though, it's performance is immense fun.

Ride & Handling

This car handles brilliantly, but we can understand that many people would say that there is more involvement with the Focus ST and the Golf. However, its grip is very tight and when you do want to just sit back and cruise, the Astra OPC lets you do just that. I suppose, the same can be said about the Golf GTI and the Focus ST.

Refinement

This car is only as refined as it should be. Any owner of a performance car like this wants to hear the engine growl and feel more at one with the road. The engine noises are sweet.

Quality & Reliability

The interior of this car is made up of good quality stuff. Unfortunately, it doesn't benefit from the button free interior of the new Astra. It still has too many buttons, which can be confusing. The sports seats are excellent though, and the cabin is very nice - except for that infotainment system.

Safety & Security

The Astra received five stars in the 2009 NCAP. This car has plenty of safety equipment including; Continuous Damper Control, Switchable Electronic Stability Control, Drexler Limited Slip Differential and Brembo 4-piston front brakes with cross drilled discs.

Space & Practicality

In terms of space, there is plenty of room to the front. The boot offers just 380 litres. The back row can be annoying for taller people because of the sloped roof, and the fact that this is a three-door indicates that back seat passengers were not top of the priorities list!

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Key Facts

Make

Opel

Model
Astra GTC
Variant
Sri 1.4i 140PS Turbo S/S
Car Category
Performance Cars
First year of model production
2015
Engine (L)
1.4
Gearbox Type
Manual
Gears
6 Speed
Fuel type
Petrol
Body Type
Hatchback
Price New
€25,395
CBG Expert Rating
4.0

Running Costs

Tax
€390
Tax Band
C
Average L/100 km
5.9
Average km/L
16.9
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
56
Fuel Tank Range
949 km
Cost of filling a tank
€73.58
Average Cost Per 200 km
€15.51
CO2 emmissions
142 g/km
CO2 emmissions standard
EU6 g/km

Performance

Brake Horsepower
140 bhp
Max Power kW
104
Displacement - CC (Engine)
1364
Engine Cylinders
4
Driven Wheels
Front
Aspiration
Turbo
Top speed
201 (km/h)
Acceleration(0-100 km/h)
9.9 s

Space & Practicality

Body Type
Hatchback
Doors
3
Seats
5
Boot capacity
380 L

Warranty

All Components
3 Year warranty
Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
3 Year warranty
Car Body
12 Year warranty
Mileage
100000
Roadside Assistance
1 Year Roadside Assistance

Safety

Euroncap Star Rating
5

What Experts Say

Auto Express
The Vauxhall Astra is the best all-round compact hatchback you can buy today
Top Gear
The Astra re-thought. It works at providing what real people really want.
What Car
The Vauxhall Astra is a well-rounded, good value family hatch that offers plenty of room at an affordable price.

Dimensions

Boot capacity
380 L
Tyre size front
235/50 R17 mm
Tyre size back
235/50 R17 mm

Technical Information

Power
140 bhp