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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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150 reader reviews for Vauxhall Vectra Hatchback.
  • 1.8i VVT SRI 5dr

    Neil Fyfe , Wigtownshire . Date: 21/10/2013
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      38

    My car

    I bought my 07 plate Vectra 1.8 SRi hatch in June 2008 when I knew I couldn't afford the family car I really wanted - either a VW Passat or Ford Mondeo. I needed a car that was cheap to buy, cheap to run, would be reliable and could cruise comfortably at 'motorway speeds'.

    Lets be honest, this car is not an exciting car that will be the envy of your neighbours - it is a boring car that feels a bit underpowered quite a lot of the time (if like me you are a progressive driver), however if you are looking for a good, well built, reliable car that is cheap to buy, run and insure then this is a great car. My car has now done over 97000 miles and apart from routine servicing has cost me very little indeed. Faults? The passenger front window switch on the passenger side has failed and needs to be opened from the drivers side. I have had to replace more bulbs that I would have thought over the years (side, headlight and tail light). That's it - although the hand brake often feels as though it might not be on properly - even though it was recalled by Vauxhall some years ago.

    Likes - solid, dependable, reliable, cheap, comfortable, quiet. Dislikes - a bit slow, storage space for bits a pieces is woeful (not a cup holder in sight).

    Average mpg 38 - which is good as its driven fairly hard most of the time.

    Would I buy another? Not now - as I'll want something better when I change. As the car is worth very little now I'll probably just run it until it starts to cost me money

  • 1.9 CDTi 150 SRi 5dr

    colin press , essex . Date: 17/08/2013
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      45

    My car

    have not long purchased this car had an old vectra in the pass and thought that was good this one is brillant can travel for a long journey get out feeling fresh so far best car i have ever had in perfomance and economy could not not ask for any thing better considering this is a family hatchback makes every journey a pleasure

  • 1.8i VVT SRI 5dr

    Tony Date: 08/10/2012
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      39.2

    My car

    I bought one of the last Vectras made from a car supermarket last year, to replace an end of lease company car and try and save some tax. Mine is a 1.8 petrol engined 2008 Life model, which was just over 3 years old with 16k on the clock when I bought it. While it's not the most exciting car in the world it is very comfortable, economical, and has been totally fault free in the year I've had it. In fact at 4 years old and with 27k on the clock it drives as new. Upsides - great seats, very quiet, brilliant long distance car, feels more mechanically refined than I'd expected for a Vectra (I do wonder if the later ones were better built?), reasonable level of trim (aircon, cruise, nice stereo) even though mine is the poverty spec model, and 40mpg in mixed driving. Downsides - no MP3 input for the factory stereo, bland interior, the 1.8 petrol engine feels a bit stretched by such a big car. However, perhaps the real advantage the Vectra has is price, ok it's an obsolete shape but this meant it was around £2k cheaper than most competitors I considered such as the Mondeo, 407, C5, or Passat. In fact the Vectra was way cheaper than similar aged smaller cars such as the Focus or Astra, it may be bland but the later models drive quite nicely, seem solid and reliable, so are great value as a second hand buy.

  • 1.9 CDTi 120 SRi 5dr

    david west , mid glamorgan . Date: 15/06/2012
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Had our 2005 SRi since 2008. Despite some niggles; dodgy coil springs - now replaced with much stronger Eibachs, faulty alternator and the dual mass flywheel, this has been an excellent value family car;

    Plus points:

    * Tremendously flexible engine which belies its modest 120 BHP - we've since had ours remapped to 160 BHP but even in stock form it's still a great engine that's smooth but punchy when needed. * Huge boot easily swallows luggage for 4 plus more to spare * Lowered and stiffened suspension gives the car a planted ride, especially on the motorway * Lovely seats up front, bucket style which are different from Exclusive and Design trim * Fantastic in gear acceleration - 3rd gear is amazing! * Great economy in and out of town * Looks fantastic with its SRI body kit and alloys - especially with the metallic black paint we have

    Minus points:

    * Stiffer suspension means you'll feel every pit in the road! * Terrible factory stereo (CD30), easily solved with better speakers (JBL's) * Legroom at the back a bit cramped for taller people * No cup holders up front and the door bins are pitifully small and narrow * Dashboard design not to everyone's taste (including mine)

    Despite its shortcomings this is not the awful car Jeremy Clarkson would have you believe. At £3800 this was an excellent family car bargain and has given us 4 years of relatively cheap and trouble free motoring. Still turns heads even now. Great used car bargain, we'll miss it when it'

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