Triple test: Veloster vs Astra GTC vs Scirocco
The claws are out, as we unleash three design-led, economical coupes in a catwalk dogfight…
Posted: 13 Apr 2012
The GTC gives itself a difficult start in life, because, like every Vauxhall for the past 30 years, its controls all have a layer of slop built in. The gearshift has a wide gate, the brakes are soggy at the top of the pedal before they bite properly, and the steering is a mite rubbery. But push through that, and you find an entertaining car that'll swoop through corners with top-class authority. It grips hard, the steering has enough accuracy when it matters and you can feel what it's up to. Best of all, the suspension remains properly supple, so it's very much up for the challenge if your favourite B-road is bouncy or rutted. The VW can get a bit shuddery on mid-corner bumps but the Vauxhall isn't bothered.