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All this and more in sporty Astra

HOLDEN has something extra to offer in its Astra GTC model, a snappy vehicle that rises above the norm to provide a sports experience.

The Astra is highly popular throughout Europe and has made a real mark in the medium car world since coming to New Zealand.

The GTC Sport takes it in a whole new direction.

The Astra GTC Sport is powered by a zesty and willing 1.6 litre motor with 147kW of power and 260Nm of torque, enough to make it capable of 0 to 100kmh in less than eight seconds, capable of quick and efficient overtaking, and able to cope with any hill it might find.

All that is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission which is a real smooth operator, instantaneously adjusting the vehicle to whatever demands it might face. It also helps keep the fuel consumption down to an impressive 7.5 litres/100km.

Holden has gone to some trouble to make the GTC Sport look the part, with a muscular silhouette and specifically-designed flared wheel arches for the bigger 19-inch alloys on which it sits.

It’s all part of the sporting ethos of the Astra GTC, backed up by interior features like a six-way ergonomically and orthopaedic-designed front seat with four lumbar positions.

Whether you are driving to the dairy or to Cape Reinga, you know you are going to be comfortably seated and in the best position to appreciate the Astra GTC’s extremely high ride qualities.

The cabin takes the GTC into the luxury class with full leather upholstery and a complete box of tricks like satellite navigation, front and rear parking sensors, and dual climate control.

The Mylink infotainment system, as well as operating the Sat Nav, will allow you to listen to your favourite radio station or connect to your MP3 player, all through the controls on the steering wheel.

A bright seven-inch LCD screen displays all the info you need. An extra brownie point goes to Holden for having a clearly-visible digital speedometer right where the driver can see it without having to take their eyes off the road.

The GTC is easy to get in and out of. In keeping with its sports image, it is a three-door model but there is genuine room for three back seat passengers.

Saving the punch line to last . . . the Holden Astra GTC normally has a recommended retail price of $42,990 but is available on a limited offer at $29,990 . . . what good Sports!