Used Vauxhall Omega Estate 1994 - 2003 review

Category: Estate car

Section: Our recommendations

1994 - 2003 review
Vauxhall Omega Estate (94 - 03)
  • Vauxhall Omega Estate (94 - 03)
  • Vauxhall Omega Estate (94 - 03)
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Which used Vauxhall Omega estate should I buy?

When the Omega arrived in April 1994, the entry-level 134bhp, 2.0-litre Select petrol came with anti-lock brakes, twin airbags, power-steering and electric windows.

Three other trim levels - GLS, CD and CDX - were also offered, but only the CDX came with air-con. However, there's a lot of glass in the Omega and ventilation is poor, so without it you'll swelter. Whatever model you're looking at, make sure you find one with air-con fitted, even as an option.

Alternatively, go for a model from after the range's face-lift in 1999 when alloy wheels, a CD-player and air-con became standard. At the same time, the new, more powerful 2.2-litre petrol engine replaced the old 2.0-litre unit.

Other petrol engines include the 2.6-litre V6, which is good, while the 3.2 V6 is fastest of all and handles nicely in MV6 guise.

However, our favourite models come with a diesel engine, although not the 2.5-litre six-cylinder diesel engine in early models, which was dropped in 1998. Avoid the weedy 90bhp 2.0-litre, too, and instead go for the much stronger 120bhp 2.2-litre, ideally in CD trim.