What's the used Vauxhall Vectra hatchback like?
It's a practical family hatch, built to please company fleet bosses, so it's tough, simple to fix and cheap to own. However, it is also dull to look at, sit in or drive.
The steering column doesn't adjust on the oldest models, so making yourself comfortable can prove tricky, but height adjustment came in from 1997. There's plenty of space up front and generous stowage - including a big boot - but headroom is restricted in the back.
Mid-'90s cars felt stodgy to drive even when new, with steering that gave little feedback and brakes that weren't progressive enough. The ride at town speeds is jittery, too, although it calms down at motorway speeds. However, face-lifted cars from 1999 onwards felt livelier. They were more generously equipped, too.
The car gained three stars from Euro NCAP for occupant safety, which is good for its era.