Used Vauxhall Omega Saloon 1994 - 2003 review

Category: Executive car

Section: What is it like?

1994 - 2003 review
Vauxhall Omega Saloon (94 - 03)
  • Vauxhall Omega Saloon (94 - 03)
  • Vauxhall Omega Saloon (94 - 03)
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What's the used Vauxhall Omega saloon like?

In 1994, the Vauxhall Omega was born into a difficult market that has now shrunk - that of the non-premium executive car. At the time, though, the Omega was well thought-out for the sector.

Its biggest attraction is that it's a big car and five adults can sit inside in comfort. The boot is huge, too, and (unlike most of its rivals at the time) the rear seats spilt and fold to increase cargo space further.

There's nothing much wrong with the driving position, either, although the cabin trim feels cheap in places and there are an awful lot of buttons to familiarise yourself with.

Once you get out on the road, everyone should be comfortable, thanks to the compliant suspension fitted to most models. The only exception is the sporting MV6 version, which gives a firmer ride.

The driver should enjoy it, too. The Omega is rear-wheel-drive and its handling, although not in the BMW/Audi bracket, is perfectly acceptable, with reasonably weighted steering and moderate levels of body-roll.

Finally, equipment levels are fairly good, as are safety features considering the car's age.