Review: Vauxhall Frontera (1991 – 2003)


Fairly capable off-road. Cheap.

Drives like the crude, old-fashioned, truck-like 4x4 that it is. Heavily and repeatedly criticised by owners.

Recently Added To This Review

1 October 2000 Three year warranty available
1 October 1998 Range revamped

Now with 113 bhp 2.2 direct injected diesel or 204bhp 3.2 litre V6. Sport V6 listed at £19,995 does 114mph, 0-60 in 9.5 seconds but just 15.9mpg in the EC urban cycle. 2.2DTi and 3.2 V6 have maximum... Read more

1 October 1991 Vauxhall Frontera launched

The first UK market mid size SUV. Came long before the RAV4, CR-V and Freelander. Not bad looking, in a chunky sort of way. Right car at the right time when launched in 1991 to feed 4x4 fashion fad. Initially... Read more

Vauxhall Frontera (1991 – 2003): At A Glance

The first UK market mid size SUV.

Came long before the RAV-4, CR-V and Freelander.

SWB 3-dr and LWB 5-dr.

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Can you recommend a cheap 4x4 for snow driving?

I want to buy an older 4x4 to drive in the snow. I’m considering the Vauxhall Frontera and the Suzuki Grand Vitara. Which would you buy?
The LWB Grand Vitara from 2006 had both high and low range and a centre diff lock, which makes it better for snow driving.
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