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What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

For It's good to drive and there's a roomy interior for business or family use

Against Some engines aren't as powerful or as clean as the Ford Mondeo's

Verdict The hatchback was our 2003 Family Car of the Year - it's a great all-rounder

Go for… The 1.8-litre petrol engine in Design trim.

Avoid… Life and Club trims mean wind-up rear windows

Vauxhall Vectra Hatchback
  • 1. Check that recall work on the rear axle stub has been carried out
  • 2. The older 2.0 and 2.2 DTI engines can be heavy on oil
  • 3. The suspension gives a smooth ride and decent handling
  • 4. The cabin is well laid out and quality is generally very high
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