The Antara is available with a choice of two 2.2-litre diesel engines, with either 161bhp or 181bhp. The latter feels reasonably brisk once you put some revs on, but a hesitant turbocharger means the initial pickup is sluggish. We haven’t yet driven the entry-level 161bhp version. A gutless 2.4-litre petrol engine completes the line-up.
Vauxhall Antara 4x4 ride & handling
The Antara grips pretty well, and the suspension keeps body movement firmly in check. Unfortunately, the handling is undermined by steering that’s vague and overly light. You also have to put up with an overly firm ride that’s unsettled at all speeds.
Vauxhall Antara 4x4 refinement
The 2.2-litre diesel engine transmits a lot of noise and vibration into the cabin, plus there’s quite bit of road noise at motorway speeds. The manual gearbox is notchy, and while the automatic provides a slicker alternative, it hampers the already sluggish performance.