Vauxhall claims that the GTC VXR is cheaper than its main rivals once adjusted for specification. Certainly, it is seemingly well equipped.

The Volkswagen Scirocco R is more expensive, though will hold its value better.

We managed a steady 26.5mpg overall

In our hands, the VXR returned a steady 26.5mpg overall, which is acceptable. On a touring run, we’d expect you to see 33mpg easily.

Looking ahead, despite the five-door and estate Astras having been replaced in 2015, the GTC is set to continue for the foreseeable future, according to Vauxhall, with the VXR maintaining its place in that line-up. There is reportedly a new GTC on the drawing board, including a VXR that would get another 20bhp to take it to just shy of 300bhp. Again coming as a three-door, Vauxhall isn’t set to stray far from the winning formula of overt sporty styling, uprated brakes and suspension and a limited-slip diff. 


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