What used Vauxhall Vectra hatchback will I get for my budget?
How much does it cost to run a Vauxhall Vectra hatchback?
The Vectra's greatest asset is that it is cheap to buy and straightforward to service, while spares are generally low-priced. Previous owners will have taken the biggest hits on depreciation and any loss in value from here on in promise to be kinder.
Repairs will be more frequent as the car ages, but using a local garage helps keep bills sensible. However, clutches and air-con faults can hit your wallet hard.
Insurance groups run from groups 6-16, which is pretty much par for the course for this kind of car. The most popular 1.8s sit in group 9 and the 2.2 petrols in group 11.
Economy is a strong point: expect close to 40mpg from 1.8s, a touch less from the 2.2 petrol and 40mpg or more from the 2.2 turbodiesel. The 2.6 V6, meanwhile, struggles to get above 20mpg.