Vauxhall Astra GTC gets a new 2.0 CDTi BiTurbo engine and becomes the most powerful non-VXR car in the line-up

Vauxhall is boosting its British-built Astra GTC coupe with a high-performance, 192bhp twin-turbo diesel engine.

Meanwhile, the five-door hatch and Sports Tourer estate will get some cosmetic changes and will feature in a revised Astra range that arrives in dealers this September. Badged 2.0 CDTi BiTurbo, the new engine is also likely to spread to the other bodystyles in the range, although Vauxhall won’t yet confirm that.

The twin-turbo-diesel for the GTC is borrowed from the Insignia, where its blend of power and fuel economy make it one of Vauxhall’s best diesels.

In the GTC it makes 192bhp and 295lb ft of torque and boasts a top speed of 139mph and a 0-60 of 7.8sec, which make it the fastest diesel in the GTC range and comparable to many rivals’ turbocharged petrol models. The other important figures are 139g/km of tailpipe carbon and 53.3mpg fuel consumption.

Badged 2.0 CDTi BiTurbo, the new diesel features sequential turbos with the smaller blower spinning-up rapidly and providing up to 258lbft of torque form 1500rpm. The second, bigger turbo starts working in the mid range, from 1750rpm to 2500rpm, adding an extra 37lbft.

To cope with the extra performance the GTC Bi Turbo also gets a 6mm lower chassis and 18in wheels. Also on the standard equipment list are a body-kit, electronic climate control and ‘Track’ interior trim.

The GTC BiTurbo is priced from £23,925, a £995 premium over the 163bhp 2.0-litre diesel.

A package of mild cosmetic tweaks will distinguish the Astra from the autumn with a new front grille, restyled bumper and new front indicator lamps. The rear is tweaked, too, with a new boot panel and chrome-trim added to the lower bumper moulding.

The other improvement to the Astra is a longer list of optional equipment, much of it available on the Insignia and now brought to the Astra. Included on the list are front and rear camera systems that can read speed limit signs and provide collision warnings. Some of this equipment is included in a £750 Driver Assistance Pack.

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15 June 2012

That Bi Turbo engine in the Astra will be an absolute corker  cant wait to drive that having driven the Insignia with the same engine and been hugely impressed.

I hope these little tweeks and styling cues help it to being up there with the so called class best. Although for me the Astra beats the Golf and Focus for looks alone.

15 June 2012

I have just bought a year old 2.0 cdti astra - and tbh I am impressed - me personally I prefer it to the new focus and golf (both I test drove). I wouldn't bother paying the extra - and got a lot of car for £12k.

Yes I admit it will be worth about 25p in two years time - but I think its time vauxhall got some good press. There car range has really gone up in terms of quality - its just a shame they can't start getting there dealers into shape as some are so bad its not funny.

15 June 2012

gazza5 wrote:

- its just a shame they can't start getting their dealers into shape as some are so bad its not funny.

I agree with you there. When I lost my BMW 123d in a fire last November, I looked at replacing it with a new Astra. I went to two dealers - the first dealer's idea of pricing my new car was to give me a huge price list and to leave me to work it out for myself. 

The second dealer's stafff just ignored us - we were the only customers in the showroom - but they were all watching something on television which obviously was more important to them than selling us a car. 

After 5 or so minutes of being ignored, we walked out. I bought another BMW 123d instead. 

I still like the Astra though. An Astra estate would be my vehicle if I ever got around to getting a dog. 

15 June 2012

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I still like the Astra though. An Astra estate would be my vehicle if I ever got around to getting a dog. 

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It's a very good car and an excellent family-DIY stuff lugger. My 160 CDTI Tourer has covered over 20k now and it's been scarily faultless. 51mpg tank average (and that's not trying), go's like a rocket and has a massive boot! Refined and good riding too. Steering is a bit lacking in feel though.

15 June 2012

evanstim wrote:

gazza5 wrote:

- its just a shame they can't start getting their dealers into shape as some are so bad its not funny.

I agree with you there. When I lost my BMW 123d in a fire last November, I looked at replacing it with a new Astra. I went to two dealers - the first dealer's idea of pricing my new car was to give me a huge price list and to leave me to work it out for myself. 

The second dealer's stafff just ignored us - we were the only customers in the showroom - but they were all watching something on television which obviously was more important to them than selling us a car. 

After 5 or so minutes of being ignored, we walked out. I bought another BMW 123d instead. 

I still like the Astra though. An Astra estate would be my vehicle if I ever got around to getting a dog. 

I agree with you both about Vauxhall dealers. I have had quite a few Vauxhall company cars in the past and while the cars were always at least OK (and often under rated) the dealers, almost without exception, were pants.

One broke the wipers on a Vectra and tried to blame the valet guy, good idea except the car still had 6 months of dirt on it. The same dealer ripped a hole in the side wall of a tyre on my wifes Meriva, promised to pay me for the damage but never did. Both were Hartwell Vauxhall Oxford which thank goodness has now gone.

As for the Astra, I like it a lot. It looks good and drives well. The only thing that put me off was that the diesel engines were really noisey. Other than that it's right up there with the Golf and Focus.

15 June 2012

I admit mine is a bit noisy in 1st and 2nd gears especially - once past that it quietens down a bit. Although the slightly revised ones are better than the one I have - I couldn't justify a extra £500 for a car with a slightly newer engine but worse spec level.

It will do for me this one for the next two years - and then if no problems keep - if I have problems get rid and buy another year old car. Maybe the GTC - as like the look of it. Luckily I have a ok dealer near me - still not great - but better than some of th eothers I have tried.

15 June 2012

gazza5 wrote:

I admit mine is a bit noisy in 1st and 2nd gears especially - once past that it quietens down a bit. Although the slightly revised ones are better than the one I have - I couldn't justify a extra £500 for a car with a slightly newer engine but worse spec level.

In fairness to Vauxhall at the time I tested the Astra I had a Citroen C5 HDi which has a very quiet diesel engine, if I'd compared it to my current 3-Series which is much noisier at idle it might not have seemed as bad.

15 June 2012

The GTC is a great looking car, the question is whether the Atra name will drag down residuals or whether the GTC keeps it seperate enough from the 5 door to support the resale values. Maybe they could have gone the Scirocco route and called it something else altogether.

15 June 2012

I suspect if they did call it something else people would have just said its an Astra in drag.  a bit like the Calibra/Cavalier back in the early 90's. However i cant remember back then how Calibra resale values faired against comparable Cavalier ones (i was too young) Blum 3  maybe someone can shed some light on that.

15 June 2012

I have had a few vauxhalls the first model Vectra, in 2.0 and 2.5 SRI and a GSI estate, called Vectra B in europe, I found UK dealers to be shabby impolite and lacking in any customer care skills, Opel dealers in Germany on the other hand couldnt do enough for you, anyone would think it was a different company, but then again even Ford dealers in Germany are pretty good. Never been a fan of the Astra, but they do look the part.

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