Used Vauxhall Frontera 4x4 1998 - 2004 review

Category: Large SUV

Section: What is it like?

1998 - 2004 review
Vauxhall Frontera 4x4 (98 - 04)
  • Vauxhall Frontera 4x4 (98 - 04)
  • Vauxhall Frontera 4x4 (98 - 04)
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What's the used Vauxhall Frontera 4x4 like?

Even when this version of the Frontera was launched, it felt outdated. Land Rover had recently launched the Freelander, What Car?'s Car of the Year that year, and it had moved the goalposts in this class.

On-road, the Frontera's ride is choppy at all speeds, the gearchange is awkward and its refinement leaves a lot to be desired. The only consolation is that, off-road, it regains some of the ground it lost to the Freelander - it's a better choice than a Toyota RAV4 or Honda CR-V if you head away from the Tarmac regularly. But, overall, a Freelander has a much better blend of abilities.

Inside, too, things are far from great. For the driver and front-seat passenger, the shallow footwells make things uncomfortable, and the cheap-looking interior is disappointing, if durable.

On the plus side, there's as much space in the back as in the Freelander, but getting there is tricky. The only saving grace is the boot, which is much bigger than a Freelander's, although even that is spoilt by the side-opening tailgate.