I have driven our Vectra estate 1.9 CDTI Life (150bhp) pool car over 7000 miles in the past year. We also have a Mondeo 2.0 TDCI LX as well, and whilst the Mondeo handles better, it is not as comfortable to drive over long distances and lacks low-down torque.
Whilst our car is at the bottom of the model range, it has everyting you want, including electric windows, air-conditioning, cruise control, a CD player and so on.
The engine is the strongest point of the car - it's punchy, frugal (it has averaged 51.2mpg over 26,500 miles) and is reasonably quiet and refined once it's warmed up. The seats offer a great range of adjustment and it is easy to get comfortable for a long distance drive. The boot is simply huge and the rear legroom is very generous.
Hoever, the car has an ucomfortable steering wheel rim in a nasty plastic - a leather trimmed one would be so much more tactile. The headlights could be better on country roads. The seat fabric is starting to fray and develop bobbles after only a year and 26,500 miles. It can also be heavy on oil consumption - check it weekly. It has mediocre handling, and offers heavy depreciation for private buyers.
Maybe some of the above criticisms don't apply on higher specified models, but for the money, if I were I private buyer in the market for a reasonably well equpped and priced big estate car, this would be worth serious consideration.
This is the latest model and looks rather nice. The handling is good, but not as good as I was led to believe. The two major disappointments are the engine (120bhp) and the fact that the rear bench does not lift to give a flat load bay, as in my previous, older Vectra.
With regard to the engine, I can't remember stalling a car so often - it's that flat below 1500rpm. Although it can be revved more readily than most diesels, this is not what a diesel is about. I have had VW Passats with only 90bhp that felt as torquey as this does. This alone would stop me from purchasing another diesel version. I would like to say however, that I have always been impressed with the performance and economy of the petrol engines.
The plus point, providing traffic is flowing freely, is the smoothness on longer motorway runs. This is only spoilt if having to continually 'stir' the box, due to its peaky nature if traffic is not flowing freely.
I have now covered 96,000 miles in a lttle over three years with very few problems.
I had never owned a Vauxhall before but after a disasterous time with a 2.0 litre Mondeo Ghia I decided that no car could be worse so ordered the Vecta unseen and untried.
After a few days I realised I had a fantastic car. I drive both on Motorways and A roads and can say I have found the car capable and very comfotable and extremely quiet with a superb ride.
The cabin is spacious and well laid out. The boot has never been defeated even with three children.
Even after 96,000 miles there are no irritating rattles or squeaks. The dealership have been brilliant through out. I am now getting ready to change again and will be test driving the estate.
I was looking to buy one of these in the Design trim, in hatchback form. After a number of test drives, I liked the car until I took my family on a test drive.
There is a problem with the rear seats, which only applies to the hatchback and saloon versions. The rear seats are extremely hard, and the head rests sit over the top of seat and look very stylish. Yet when you sit in these seats, the head rests stick in your back; if you adjust them to their highest level, they sticks in your head - it's like having a hard piece of plastic poking into you.
How Vauxhall ever came up with with such poor rear seat is beyond me. It seems comfort is being sacrificed for style and comfort. If anybody plans to buy the Vectra, try out the rear seats because you may get nothing but moans from your rear passengers. I took two friends with me who sat in the back, and they said they couldn't sit in the seats for long.
Isn't it about time manufacturers started making comfortable seats instead of the awful hard seats cars have today? The estate and Signum rear seats are very comfortable, so why put these awful seats in the hatchback and saloon?
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