Used Vauxhall Vectra Estate 2002 - 2009 review

Category: Estate car

Section: What is it like?

2002 - 2009 review
Used Vauxhall Vectra Estate 2002 - 2009
  • Used Vauxhall Vectra Estate 2002 - 2009
  • Used Vauxhall Vectra Estate 2002 - 2009
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What's the used Vauxhall Vectra estate like?

The previous Vectra estate was poorly thought out and not that roomy, but this one couldn't be more different: its cabin and loadbay are huge, and there's plenty of room for a family of five and their luggage. The rear seats drop down to free up 1850-litres of space.

For the driver, comfort and visibility could scarcely be better, but a few controls are awkward and some owners find the one-touch indicators annoying.

The Vectra is also a fine car to drive, as long as you avoid the sporty models that ride too stiffly. Mainstream versions are more comfortable, but still steer and grip well, while the car's real strength is its refinement: there's no wind noise in the cabin, even at motorway speeds, and the engines remain quiet unless they're worked hard.

Euro NCAP awarded the Vectra four stars out of five for occupant safety (good but not class-leading), but it's let down by a one-star rating for pedestrian protection.