What used Vauxhall Vectra estate will I get for my budget?
How much does it cost to run a Vauxhall Vectra estate?
Costs - or the lack of them - are one of the most compelling reasons for choosing the Vectra estate as a practical, everyday workhorse. You can bag one for less than the cost of its main rival, the Ford Mondeo - although you should remember that the Mondeo is in a different league for driving pleasure, refinement and design.
Once you've got your Vectra, running costs will be reasonable and service costs on all models are very acceptable. The cheapest of all to run is likely to be the 2.0Di, which returns an official average of 46.3mpg and sits in insurance group 8. The 2.0 DTi (group 9) gives 45.3mpg and the 2.2 DTi (group 11) 43.5mpg. The four-cylinder petrols drop to the low 30s, with our preferred model, the 2.2 (group 13), managing 32.8mpg. The V6s are thirstier, although not overly so - 29.7mpg for the 2.5 GSi (group 16) and 28.0mpg for the SRi (group 15) - but the performance on offer could prove a severe test of your self-control (and your licence), while living in the wrong place could bump your insurance premium to an uncomfortable level.