Used Vauxhall Frontera 4x4 1998 - 2004 review

Category: Large SUV

Section: Our recommendations

1998 - 2004 review
Vauxhall Frontera 4x4 (98 - 04)
  • Vauxhall Frontera 4x4 (98 - 04)
  • Vauxhall Frontera 4x4 (98 - 04)
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Which used Vauxhall Frontera 4x4 should I buy?

The three- and five-door cars are very distinct; the three-door is less spacious, but more sporty to drive, whereas the five-door is far more spacious and practical, and its ride is less choppy.

In either, the 2.2-litre diesel engine suits the car best, especially if you want to use the car off-road, for towing or ferrying the family around.

By comparison, the 2.2-litre petrol is sluggish and noisy when worked hard - and that's most of the time. The 3.2-litre V6 is certainly quick, but the car's poor handling means you can't make the most of it. And, perhaps more importantly, you're unlikely to see more than 20mpg in everyday use.

Olympus, launched in early 2003, is the most lavish trim available, but we reckon the more basic trims are better value. So, stick with Sport rather than RS on three-door models, and avoid the Limited versions of the five-door.