The VXR8's price looks inviting to begin with - £35,000 isn't much for a V8 monster. Resale values aren't horrific, either - after three years, it'll be worth around 40% of what you paid for it. Don't sign that cheque until you've considered the running costs, though. You'll pay a group 20 insurance premium and the car has an official average of just 18.5mpg. Worse still, if you're not careful with your driving, you won’t get anywhere near that, and you could spend a fortune on tyres, too.
Vauxhall VXR8 quality & reliability
For a car of this price, the VXR8's cabin isn't exactly plush - the plastics are more family hatchback than sports saloon. Still, they should last the test of time, and the car looks and feels well put-together. Vauxhall's reliability record has been improving in recent years, but the VXR8 is no ordinary Vauxhall, so it's tough to predict how dependable it'll be.
Vauxhall VXR8 safety & security
The VXR8 can be a bit of a handful in slippery conditions, but thankfully stability control is fitted as standard. High-performance brakes should also help keep you out of trouble. There are six airbags and active head restraints, too. It's not so great on the security front, though. You get an alarm and an immobiliser, but no deadlocks.