Top Gear's ultimate hot hatch test...
….featuring the ultimate driver. But which car will prevail?
Posted: 22 May 2013
Don't get us wrong - the new Astra VXR is a very fine car. It's a Vauxhall that you'd like to be seen in, one with a deft, lithe chassis and a real turn of pace. It has talent this car, but also a few weaknesses and seems to take itself a little seriously. In this company, that's enough for us to have it last. Bronze goes to the Golf GTI. This is a car that - unlike the VXR - scores consistently high marks across the board. It might well be the best to live with day in, day out, but it's not a proper bobby-dazzler. In truth, it's barely a step up from the old MkV GTI.