Vauxhall had been preparing the ground for the GTC for quite a while. It revealed a concept of the same name at the Paris Motor Show, heralding it as a new type of Astra, and it was launched it in the UK in 2011.
Three-door Astras have always proved popular with UK buyers, and this gives Vauxhall its first genuine coupe since the disliked mark IV. You need to go back even further in Vauxhall’s history, to the Manta and Calibra of the 1980s and 1990s, to find anything which could be described as desirable.
It’s impressively sophisticated chassis provides significant front-end grip, stability and solid steering, as if it’s been driven on rails. It is incredibly easy to drive and for that reason it is our number one choice for our student drivers.