What Car? says

3 out of 5 stars

For Super-cheap to buy and run, engines are lively, and it's smooth and quiet

Against It's dull to look at and stodgy to drive; oldest ones are none too reliable

Verdict The final 02-reg models make sense if they're cheap. Pre-'99 models are unimpressive

Go for… 2.2 SXi 5dr

Avoid… 2.0 D Envoy 4dr

Vauxhall Vectra Saloon
  • 1. Early models suffered from wonky suspension
  • 2. Look out for rust on the wheelarches
  • 3. It's vital you check that the cambelt has been changed every 40,000 miles
  • 4. There's plenty of space up front
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