My wife and I share this car, which is our new toy, our other car is a alfa 166.
We took delivery of the Tigra early April and almost immediatly set off for a fortnight in France. The car had 600 miles on the clock when we left the UK and 2800 miles on our return during this time we had no problems whatsoever, with the car averaging 47 MPG.
The car is a delight to drive particularly with the hood down, and the best thing about it from our point of view is that it makes people smile! Don't ask me why, I guess it just looks different and somewhat cheeky. I realise we have not too much experience of the car having owned it for just 3 months but we are both convinced that it will provide us with hours of fun motoring. I must say it is fitted with air-con and would advise this extra to anyone considering buying one, the leather seats also add the final touch.
The dealer, no problems at all, they were professional, most helpful and ensured the car was delivered on time and immaculate. I am sure if we do have problems (I don't expect many) they will quickly sort them out.
Finally I would add that this is the first Vauxhall we have owned in nearly 50 years of motoring, but the Tigra was worth waiting for.
I've had my Tigra for nearly three months now, and use it for the daily 15-mile commute to and from work. It is my only car so it is used every day.
I think it is great - roof up or down. I have not had any problems with it at all, and it definitely turns heads with the roof down wherever I go.
I have taken the Tigra on a couple of long journeys (500 mile round-trip) and it has driven well on the motorway. The engine (1.4) is rather responsive and has no problem keeping up!
My only criticism so far is that my Vauxhall dealer seemed to have very little information regarding the servicing requirements of the Tigra, and the service handbook is none too helpful either! Oh and it can be a bit frustrating waiting for the electronically controlled boot to close, particularly in the rain (a button on the keyfob would have been most useful!).
On the whole, I think it is a fantastic car and very good value for money - it drives well, looks great and is cheap to run. What more could I ask for?
I have just picked up my New Tigra. Everything seemed to be fine - apart from the weather, which wasn't good enough to have the roof down.
Today, the sun eventually appeared and I decided to put the roof down and have a drive around in the countryside.
Full of expectation, excitement and watched by the neighbours, the roof went down slowly and then it STOPPED. It did not go any further down, neither did it go up. My New Tigra looked like an embarrassingly not-funny-at-all joke from a badly written comedy. The silence was broken by next door's five-year-old: "Mummy, I think it is broke," she said.
Is paying £15,000 for a new car and hoping it would last longer than two weeks too much to ask for?
Now, the difficult bit. How can I rate this car?
I took delivery of this car a month ago. It is a second car for use on sunny days and holidays.
My wife and I are retired and we missed having a convertible. We were looking for a roadster which was not too expensive, that was economical to run, had decent boot space, a really stiff chassis and room for me to fit in.
We found all that and more in the Tigra, with the added benefit of a metal top to keep the vandals at bay. The top folds very quickly and smoothly. The only extra I put on was heated leather seats, which smarten up the cabin and work really well for cold days.
During the running-in period, I have been averaging 44mpg which I think is really excellent. The car handles really well, reminds me very much of the MX5, and it's brilliant with the top down, relatively draft free. I wasn't looking for performance but the 1.4 engine is a gem.
The only criticism that I would make is that it creaks a bit over uneven surfaces. Also the plastics in the cabin are a bit tacky, and the pillars in the windscreen are very thick for safety reasons but do restrict your vision on sharp corners.
All in all this is a great little roadster and fulfils all my needs. I believe it is great value for the money, and if the roof proves to be trouble free it really is a bargain.
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Amazing car, once driven, never forgotton, forget all the pretenders like BMW Z4 and Mercedes SLK, they will never have the passion of a Porsche
I love this car! Handling is great, its fun to drive and even reasonably practical!