Used Vauxhall Tigra 2004 - 2009 review

Category: Sports car

Section: Our recommendations

2004 - 2009 review
Vauxhall Tigra Coupe (04 - 09)
  • Vauxhall Tigra Coupe (04 - 09)
  • Vauxhall Tigra Coupe (04 - 09)
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Our recommendations

Which used Vauxhall Tigra sports should I buy?

The entry 1.4 is the best all-round buy as it keeps insurance and fuel costs down. It has only 89bhp and you might be tempted to opt for the 1.8-litre car with 122bhp, but in reality the larger engine doesn't feel much faster.

There's also a smooth 1.3 CDTi diesel (even slower than the 1.4 and very hard to find on the used market) and an auto option available on the 1.4 (which doesn't add anything to the driving experience), but neither are really worth bothering with.

Don't bother with anything more than a base model, either, as these are fairly well equipped. However, air-con was a £500 option when new, and it's worth finding a car with it fitted.

CD players with steering wheel-mounted controls and alloy wheels are standard on all models, while Sport trim adds an alloy wheel upgrade, some improved cabin trim and an MP3 player connection - but don't pay over the odds for them. Finally, the top-spec Exclusive gets leather and an electronic stability programme and air-con as standard.