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No pics Im afraid

But saw a Regata Weekend

In a VERY tidy white scheme
Saw it again.. from a moving bus..!
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Got significantly more engineering in it than the Scirocco, uses suspension from the Insignia vxr,
The amount of engineering is not technically important. The insignia VXR had a terrible suspension set up and was slated for its terrible hamdling and monumental understeer. When Clarkson looked at it, he basically showed how the steering wheel was essentially useless with any spirited driving, as a result the GTC VXR needed a ton of extra stuff to even compete with the scirocco, limited slip diffs, itís own custom power steering set up and numerous other gadgets, the standard GTC had the same terrible handling and suspension set up as most other Vauxhallís.

Iíd take the better car any day and that was certainly the scirocco.
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What made me smile today... well more laugh ��

A second hand car dealer round the corner from where I live trying to sell a 2009 base spec punto grande for £3k, I found the exact same model, year and colour on eBay with about 20k more miles but £1500 also at a dealer with a warranty
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The amount of engineering is not technically important. The insignia VXR had a terrible suspension set up and was slated for its terrible hamdling and monumental understeer. When Clarkson looked at it, he basically showed how the steering wheel was essentially useless with any spirited driving, as a result the GTC VXR needed a ton of extra stuff to even compete with the scirocco, limited slip diffs, itís own custom power steering set up and numerous other gadgets, the standard GTC had the same terrible handling and suspension set up as most other Vauxhallís.

Iíd take the better car any day and that was certainly the scirocco.
Unfortunately what you've done there..is confuse a Vectra for an Insignia..tbf given you own a 2 door Golf mk6 I'm not surprised in the slightest you'd buy a 2 door Golf 6.
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Unfortunately what you've done there..is confuse a Vectra for an Insignia..tbf given you own a 2 door Golf mk6 I'm not surprised in the slightest you'd buy a 2 door Golf 6.
If I remember correctly Iím not the only one who sees the Gtc as an inferior car.. even the pro-Vauxhallís reviews Iíve seen, rate it as not good enough to pip the scirocco and start focusing on things like the number of seats.
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well its been quiet a transition over the years as much as I loved the puntos the duster is a true work horse fiat sadly had a massive gap around 2016 for a rugged estate since Im running 1 mrs and three kids we needed the space
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Had a little run out in the Panda today. Not driven it for nearly a fortnight.
Despite the Fabia being newer, more comfortable, better handling, faster, and more economical, it is just a good car. The Panda put a smile on my face.
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If I remember correctly I’m not the only one who sees the Gtc as an inferior car.. even the pro-Vauxhall’s reviews I’ve seen, rate it as not good enough to pip the scirocco and start focusing on things like the number of seats.
Yes but given a start point of an Astra K..the fact that the reviews are complementary at all is a marvel!

That and if you were to go shopping with a theoretical shopping trip for a 3 door coupe, a tidy reasonable miles 2012 GTC starts at 4.5k.. at that price the scirocco is an 08 with well over 100k and to get into into a similar car..you're looking at 7k. Also petrol sciroccos in that range are of the vintage to have the famous timing chain that needs changing as often as a belt. Or you could get a diesel which would be one of the ones affected by diesel gate so likely to eat egr valves. God help you if you're bonkers enough to buy a DSG at that price point. Or you could go off the deep end and get a DSG Twincharger..which is a grenade sellotaped to a grenade.

Engineering is not just what a journo sees in the week he has the car..if you want a laugh compare the "what to look out for" section on honest John of the Astra GTC to the one for the Scirocco.
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well its been quiet a transition over the years as much as I loved the puntos the duster is a true work horse fiat sadly had a massive gap around 2016 for a rugged estate since Im running 1 mrs and three kids we needed the space
Didn't fancy a 500X ?
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Yes but given a start point of an Astra K..the fact that the reviews are complementary at all is a marvel!
True that's a good point.

Seriously though if I was going on a shopping trip for a 3 door coupe the Astra would never have made it to the short list. To be honest i'm not sure a Scirocco would either, If I wanted a 3 door Coupe, id probably look at things along the lines of a 3 series C-Class or maybe even the Mustang.

Coupes are generally impractical, and the only real use for them is to go quick and look good, I don't think any vauxhall really fits that bill.
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Had a little run out in the Panda today. Not driven it for nearly a fortnight.
Despite the Fabia being newer, more comfortable, better handling, faster, and more economical, it is just a good car. The Panda put a smile on my face.


Yep. This happens me. (But daily)

ďIíll get an Auris, economical, comfortable, reliable, safeĒ ... then I drive to work, Panda fan of the decade emerging lol

Replace Auris with 500/595/208/DS3/Duster/Sandeep/Logan/Yaris/Jazz/Civic/Focus/Astra/i30/i20 ....

theyíve all come up against my Panda mentality and as it stands this minute, my next car will likely still be a new Panda lol
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Good man, lol!
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https://www.usedcarsni.com/2017-Hyun...e=1&car_class=

I must admit, this i20 is a nice little car..
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