07 June 2011 by Parkers Team

  • Manufacturer's Scirocco rival available to order
  • Three-door model borrows chassis of Insignia VXR
  • Entry level 1.4-litre Sport model starts from £18,495

Following on from the Hatch and Sports Tourer, Vauxhall has revealed full details and prices of the three-door version of the latest Astra.

Competing against the likes of the Volkswagen Scirocco (although Vauxhall is quick to point out it costs up to £1,000 less) and the Renault Megane Coupe, the GTC model effectively replaces the Astra Sports Hatch model.

The three-door version is lower, wider and with a more rakish design than the regular hatch model, which the manufacturer claims will help appeal to car enthusiasts. However, the frim also believes that practicality hasn't been compromised - boot space is 370 litres with seats in place and 1,270 litres with them down - and this should accounts for 20% of Astra sales in the UK.

There will be one diesel engine and three petrol engines to choose from when the car goes on sale, while a performance VXR version will arrive in 2012.

The petrol range includes a 1.4-litre option with either 118bhp or 138bhp and a 1.6-litre engine producing 178bhp. The sole diesel engine is an upgraded version of the 2.0-litre found in some Insignia models that has 163bhp and will go from zero to 62mph in 8.9 seconds. The diesel and smaller petrol models will get stop/start as standard to help improve emissions and economy.

To go with the cars sporty image, it comes with the same chassis layout as the Insignia VXR model with high performance strut to help with steering precision, while the car has also been tuned especially for the pot-hole heavy UK roads.

Standard equipment is pretty good with entry-level Sport models getting 18-inch alloys, DAB stereo and USB input.

The Astra GTC is available to order now with prices starting at £18,495 for the 1.4-litre 118bhp Sport model and rising to £22,430 for the 2.0-litre diesel SRI option.