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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.
  • 2.0i 16v Turbo SRi 5dr

    karl horan Date: 19/07/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have the 2.0t 100 Edition which comes with leather trim and 17 multi spoke alloys.

    Performance is pretty good for a big car. The turbo is the lower pressure variety so there is plenty of pull without been an out and out racer. It's a de-tuned version of the VX200 turbo and is rock solid.

    Servicing is every 20k which is great.

    Motorway cruising is easy and the miles pass by. Click the cruise control and relax.

    The ride is firm, due to the SRi model. but good handling.

    Bought with 15k on the clock on an 04 plate for £11k. Bargain. Insurance is £550 which is good.

  • 1.9 CDTi 120 SRi 5dr

    jon drake , staffs . Date: 29/06/2005
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have two children and also use the car for work. I am getting 42mpg combined driving round town and some motorway which for a big car is great.

    I have found my local dealer excellent also and no quibble with warranty fixes. The build quality is also excellent & as I bought it 6 months old, saved 10 grand off the list price.

    I think the Vectra is an absolute bargain and one you can buy with your head. As for heart... not so impressed on windy roads as it wallows far too much. However, get it on the motorway and it is as good as any other car I have driven, so relaxing and refined, hence why I still give it 4 stars.

    Power is also fantastic from the 150bhp diesel, and you really have to watch those speed limits as in 6th, you can't believe how effortlessly it notches up those MPH whilst seemingly ticking over.

    Overall if you want a well specd'd family car and you can't run to a premium brand, then this feels like far less of a compromise than I imagined.

  • 2.2i 16v Design 5dr

    Iain Waters Date: 03/06/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    My Vectra is the Elegance, the previous name for the Design.

    I'm a family man with two kids who doesn't need a 4x4 and doesn't care for minibuses (now called MPVs). However, I do need a spacious car with a big boot (try finding that in an MPV).

    I also like lots of spec and, at my age, refinement and reliability. This car fits the bill.

    Its best feature is its comfort and refinement, almost Jaguar-like. Amazing for a bog-standard rep-mobile. It's not a car to hustle along the road, more a sophisticated cruiser which delivers you to your destination as fresh as when you left. It's fast enough too, but doesn't really reward enthusiastic driving on twisty roads like my old Peugeot 406 used to.

    I bought the car when it was nine months old with 9000 miles on the clock for £11,000 - its list price (with auto box) was £18,500. I asked a local car-sales dealer to source one for me and he came up with a choice as long as your arm - there's loads of them out there! Plenty of bargains.

    Dislikes? It doesn't come with climate-control, just air-con. It's also fairly thirsty.

    Its reliability is very good. I've had no problems at all other than a very intermittent knock in the suspension (mainly over sleeping policemen). The fault has so far not been located.

    I'd definitely recommend this car. (I've driven the 1.8 and it's also very good.) It's not quite as sharp as a Mondeo to drive, but much more comfortable and better value.

  • 3.2i 24v V6 GSi 5dr

    steve robson Date: 20/05/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This car rocks. If you enjoy driving then try one of these for size.

    For a family/fleet car, the ride is excellent, great fun, stable and you feel safe. There are plenty of toys to keep you amused and comfortable, and plenty of power when you want it.

    More and more after-market upgrades are becoming available to personalise the GSi, and best of all is that there aren't too many around, keeping them that bit more special.

    Running costs aren't cheap, averaging about 250 miles to the tank, but capable of much better. This is not too bad though considering the performance you get. The insurance is not as bad as I expected.

    A one-year-old motor is the best bet in my opinion, you will save about £8K on the new price and, if bought from a main dealer, you still get that peace of mind.

    It has a massive boot, with plenty of room inside, nice trim, and looks and sounds great. You can't lose!

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