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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.
  • 1.9 CDTi 120 SRi 5dr

    Alex Thomson Date: 01/03/2005
    • 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

    I have had the vectra for exactly a year now. I like the punchy yet economical engine but the quality in the cabin shows there's room for improvement. Still the ride is great as ever and it is not the noisy, smelly tractor I half expected it to be. The equipment is poor compared to the mondeo TDCI that was my last car, I mean no electric windows in the back come on guys!

  • 1.9 CDTi 120 SRi 5dr

    Mark Carpenter , Ayrshire . Date: 07/02/2005
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I had the 1.9-litre 150bhp diesel for a week recently and could directly compare it with my 2.0 TDCI Mondeo.

    I did not like the interior and thought it a little 'slabby'. I was also surprised by the lack of equipment, no climate or electric rear windows for example. The cabin was big enough but not as big as the Mondeo.

    The Fiat 1.9 JTD engine is more petrol-like than the Ford and revs better. However, the part throttle low and mid range shove does not match the TDCI.

    Handling was grippy but steering was wooly. Ride and noise levels were very good.

    I did not think that the car matched the TDCI Zetec S that it is priced against.

  • 1.8i 16v Elite 5dr

    Mark Keefe , Kent . Date: 03/02/2005
    • 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

    I upgraded from the Active. The 1.8 Elite is more comfortable and responsive and feels like you're in an executive car. With the onboard computer you can keep an eye on running costs eg miles per gallon. Tyres can be a bit exepensive - it pays to shop around. Good warranty with the car and AA recovery.

  • 2.2i 16v SXi Direct 5dr

    James Kelloway Date: 30/12/2004
    • 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've owned my Vectra 2.2 SXi for just over a year now and despite a few issues (which Vauxhall immediately sorted under their Warranty Programme) I am very satisfied with the car.

    It is practical, well put together and handles nicely for a car of its size. The ride feels refined and although I would not say this feels like a quick car, it is sufficiently powered and does not struggle when loaded and can overtake with relative ease.

    When I look again I will probably go for the 1.8 Petrol (or even LPG) as the 2.2 can get through a lot of fuel when driving around town, although I understand the later 2.2 direct petrol has improved this.

    I purchased my Vectra through MotorPoint in Derby and was very pleased with the price and the vehicle (don’t expect any frills though!). I would recommend this car to anyone wanting refinement and space at an affordable price.

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