Used Vauxhall Tigra 2004 - 2009 review

Category: Sports car

Section: What is it like?

2004 - 2009 review
Vauxhall Tigra Coupe (04 - 09)
  • Vauxhall Tigra Coupe (04 - 09)
  • Vauxhall Tigra Coupe (04 - 09)
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What's the used Vauxhall Tigra sports like?

By the time this second, all-new, Tigra arrived in 2004, things had changed. Just being a cute coupe was no longer good enough, so Vauxhall went hi-tech with a folding metal roof to compete with cars like the Peugeot 206 CC, Ford StreetKa and Mini convertible.

And, very good it is, too. The electric roof stows quickly and easily, and boot space is reasonable when it's down. Protection from buffeting is good and, with the roof up, it feels like a genuine coupe.

Like the previous Tigra, this model is still based on a Corsa, but it doesn't try to pretend it's a four-seater, and instead provides adequate space for just two occupants.

Unfortunately, its origins mean it's never going to be that sporty - it's nowhere near the Mini Convertible for driver enjoyment, for example. But, at least the Tigra's rigid body resists vibrations from poor road surfaces, copes well with bumps and has a supple ride in town.