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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 16v Elite 5dr

    michael ingoe Date: 13/05/2005
    • 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

    This is an excellent car to drive. It's very comfortable, with an excellent layout of all controls. I enjoyed every moment driving it.

  • 1.8i 16v Club 5dr

    Jeremy Heaton Date: 06/05/2005
    • Overall verdict
      3 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
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    The Vectra is really refined in terms of ride quality and the minimal amount of noise transmitted from outside to inside. The driver's seat is very comfortable and has a good range of adjustment, including lumbar support. The stereo is good quality compared to the one in my 2003 Honda Civic Type-S that I had before the (company) Vectra, but to be honest the Honda stereo sounded appalling anyway so that's not as much of a success as it sounds. Where the Vectra lets itself down is equipment inside and the quality of the plastics. There are no proper cupholders which is unforgivable in a motorway cruiser in my opinion. Also, the dashboard and door trims are made of the most plasticky plastic I have ever tapped with a fingernail - YUCK! The indicators are really annoying - they switch off before you've turned, or don't turn off at all. If you aren't careful you resume the cruise control while trying to signal which is a scary moment. The engine is pretty gutless - I don't think it's anywhere near powerful enough for such a large car. When you do thrash it the front end goes all jumpy and the steering feels dangerously light. All in all it's okay for me 'cos I've got 9 points so I don't speed these days but it doesn't exactly thrill.

  • 3.0 CDTi V6 24v SRi 5dr

    Christopher Sperl , Bucks . Date: 19/04/2005
    • 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

    Having owned a couple of Vectra SRis in the past in the old shape, I already knew about the outstanding reliability, but always leased them owing to their undeserved depreciation.

    To emphasise this, the car on an 04 plate with 6100 miles on it, cost me less than £12k. So it pays to buy them at six to nine months old, and let someone absorb the initial whack.

    Build quality is distinctly German, in fact when you get in for the first time, it feels more like you are in an Audi than a Vauxhall, without the huge price tag to match.

    Performance is deadly. This is my first diesel, and it's not a lot slower on acceleration than my previous car - an Omega V6. You definitely need to be careful, as it will eat up your licence otherwise!

    It remains quiet at high speeds (80-95mph), and the ride feels very firm, with sharp, responsive steering, and effortless acceleration.

    Two niggles: Vauxhall have let themselves down badly on this by not including basic stuff that was on its predecessor.

    Economy wise, if you drive it hard, you'll get about 30mpg, which is no better than the Omega, but if you don't boot it too often, you can easily squeeze 43-45mpg out of it.

  • 3.0 CDTi V6 24v SRi 5dr

    Mark Reed , Middx . Date: 14/04/2005
    • 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
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Overall I am very impressed with this car, as the last Vauxhall diesel I drove (a 98 Astra) was an absolute monster. The engine is very responsive and smooth offering a very respectable 175bhp. (I understand that a 45bhp upgrade will be available shortly.)

    Considering that it is a family car, I'm extremely pleased with the handling and brakes; however I did test-drive the Elite and felt the car needed the SRi set up. I would like to see a classier dash (metal instead of silver plastic would be a good start) and a more modern layout wouldn't go amiss.

    The sat-nav also lets the side down as it won't allow postcodes, so it is time consuming to input a full address.

    I would buy this car again, but would like to see the engine upgrade as a factory option.

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