I bought an ex-demo model (150 bhp) with 5000 miles on the clock and a hugh discount. It was bought purely on price over the phone, without driving it. It has turned out to be an excellent car to own and drive and would have no hesitation in recommending one to anybody.
We have two Vectras and a higher spec Mondeo Ghia in our fleet. The Vectras are more reliable than the Mondeo. feel much better put together and nicer to drive or be a passenger in.
A vastly underrated car.
Just borrowed this estate from Vauxhall as I am about to replace my GSI Zafira. Like the idea of Diesel due to ridiculous costs of petrol/fuel consumption.
Having wrestled with the mondeo v vectra in the looks department i have decided that the Vectra is by far the better looking car. It comes with a good level of standard kit,is easy to work out how to use things such as sat nav etc. This coupled to the fact that the eqivalent mondeo seems much more expensive makes this a classy & sensible car.
I agree with some comments that you have to be precise with the 6 speed manual gear change but being a 5 speeder i often found 6h was forgotten so using this on a motorway would not be an issue.
I was looking for a car to replace my much-loved Ford Focus estate, and I took up Vauxhall’s current offer of a 3-day test drive of a Vectra estate.
I found it very disappointing. The best thing is its motorway cruising ability. This had the 1.9 CDTi 120 engine, so I was not expecting great performance. However, it’s no slug and will cruise effortlessly at high speed. The ride was also pretty good – firm, but with any bumps well suppressed. Steering is direct and it is easy to thread the car along a winding road. It’s still not a patch on the Focus, of course.
Those were the good points. The interior is very drab, cheap-looking and the seats are poor - you perch upon them, rather than sit, and the cushions are very short. Lumbar support is poor, too. The gear change for the six-speed box is heavy and it is easy to select the wrong gear. The engine has very pronounced turbo lag and it is easy to be caught out in the wrong gear - you can see why it has six speeds. I think an auto gearbox would be almost essential.
I know that looks are highly subjective but this is a really ugly car. This estate was in black and it looked like a hearse - a hearse in need of a nose job. I can imagine your friends asking you to park it up the road rather than anywhere near their house.
I didn’t like this car much and my wife absolutely hated it - so much so that she wouldn’t drive it. So the search continues…..
This is a follow up to an 'First Impression' review which I submitted on 7th May. Since then we have got to know the car better and drove it on an extended journey from Aberdeen to France.
Overall, we are still very pleased with and most early observations still stand. However, we have discovered a few niggles. The tyres on 17" rims are a very unusual size; both difficult to get hold of and expensive at around £165 each. This is why Running Costs now only merit 2 stars.
There is no clock which is easily visible!!! The time in a tiny window on the main display. This nonsense for such an important item but Vauxhall dealers haven't been able to change.
Stowage space in the rear is limited to small pockets on the front seats. Nothing else. This compromises practicality for 3 rear passengers on long journeys.
On balance would we buy it again? Yes we would but we are surprised at what Vauxhall designers forgot.
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