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Snackable Review: Holden Astra GTC Sport

07 Jan 2016 Car Reviews

It may not be the newest kid on the block, but keen drivers and the budget conscious will appreciate the Holden Astra.

Snackable Review: Holden Astra GTC Sport


  • Value. Holden has thrown the kitchen sink at the Astra range. The GTC Sport gets a swathe of kit for relatively little money compared to other hatches of its ilk.
  • Turbo. The Astra comes with a choice of two boosted motors. There’s a 1.6-litre in the GTC and GTC Sport, or a high-po 2.0-litre in the VXR.
  • Seats. Heated, leather appointed, electronically adjustable front seats. Say no more.
  • Dynamics. Those boffins at Holden have built some very tricky front suspension for the Astra, and it’s a keen driver as a result. The excellent chassis also helps.
  • Lights. LED lights at the rear of the Astra are a premium addition to the good-looking European exterior.


  • Age. This generation of Astra is nearing the end of its lifecycle and will soon be replaced by a new model.
  • Interior. Where the Astra shows its age most is inside. The predominately dark plastic trim is a bit cheap to the touch and the centre console full of buttons is also a dated look.
  • Visibility. Reverse parking the Astra is tricky due to a tiny rear window and thick C pillars. Thankfully it does have front and rear parking sensors, but there’s no reverse camera which is a real shame.

Click here to find out more about the Holden Astra GTC Sport.