26 May '12, 8pm

@greencarguide Vauxhall Astra GTC 1.7CDTi 16v Sport Start/Stop review

Overall the Astra GTC is a competent car, but the main thing that defines the driving experience with this diesel engine is that it’s noisy. There’s also not a huge amount of performance or responsiveness. When trying to overtake on motorways, there was no response in sixth gear, which admittedly has long gearing for economy, so we tried fifth, which wasn’t much better, and fourth was only a marginal improvement. With 300 Nm, it has good levels of torque, but 130PS isn’t a lot of power for what’s supposed to be a sporty coupe. However the car is stable at motorway speeds, as well as being comfortable and reasonably quiet apart from some wind noise. Despite the 19-inch wheels, the ride was acceptable on most roads, but such wheels and tyres don’t like potholes, and they do contribute to added road noise. The steering is reasonably responsive but the front-wheel drive chassi...

Full article: http://www.green-car-guide.com/vauxhall-astra-gtc-17cdti-...

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