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Vauxhall Vectra (2002–2008)

Last updated 10 July 2019

Kerb weight 1335–1636 kg
Warranty 3 years
Servicing 20,000 miles

Full specifications

Driving

The belt-cam FIAT/Alfa/GM 1.9 litre 150PS diesel is very impressive. Not as gruff and ‘sudden' as VAG's new 140PS 2.0 litre. But with masses of mid-range torque that fling the car forwards in 3rd and 4th gear. I can't imagine any mid-managers relegated from their 3.0 litre V6s feeling short-changed in that department. Vauxhall certainly gets its gearing right these days. The 150 pulls around 35mph per 1,000rpm in 6th which is not only pleasant and relaxing, it means that a legal 70 you're at the perfect revs to quickly increase speed if you need to without changing down. And in contrast to last week's Astra turbo, instead of drinking petrol at 30 - 35mpg you're sipping diesel at 40 - 45mpg.

The car sits on the same ‘Epsilon' platform as the current SAAB 9-3, so it's far from the stodgy old pudding the previous Vectra was. I suspect it rides a lot better too, but wasn't able to judge that properly because someone had seen fit to ‘bling' the test car up on optional 19" alloy wheels shod with thin strips of 235/35 ZR19 rubber. So, of course, while accelerating hard, any imperfection in the road surface had it torque-steering all over the place. Braking on the uneven surfaces now provided before most roundabouts also upset it quite badly. Even road markings could be felt through the steering. Yet, in spite of this, the ride over traffic harming measures was not too bad. So I strongly suspect that on more sensible, standard 17" wheels and tyres there would be less to complain about. And there would be no grouches at all on the 215/55 R16s of lower spec Vectras.

I'm not getting at Vauxhall here. These days, motors have to appeal to everyone and if they hadn't put 19" alloys on the options list, then the aftermarket definitely would have.

So what's the verdict? Better or worse than a Mondeo? I remain a Mondeo man because it's still a sharper handling car. But whereas the difference between a Mondeo and the old Vectra used to be chalk and cheese, now they're no more than different kinds of cheeses. So if someone told me they preferred their new Vectra to a Mondeo I wouldn't get into a silly argument.

Engines

Engine MPG 0-62 Top speed CO2
1.8i 16V 39 mpg - 130 mph 173 g/km
1.8i 16V Estate 38 mpg - 126 mph 180 g/km
1.8i 16V Saloon 39 mpg - 130 mph 173 g/km
1.9 CDTi 120 50 mpg - 124 mph 154 g/km
1.9 CDTi 120 Estate 49 mpg - 121 mph 157 g/km
1.9 CDTi 120 Saloon 50 mpg - 124 mph 154 g/km
1.9 CDTi 150 50 mpg - 135 mph 154 g/km
1.9 CDTi 150 Estate 49 mpg - 130 mph 157 g/km
1.9 CDTi 150 Saloon 50 mpg - 135 mph 154 g/km
2.0i 16V Turbo 33 mpg - 143 mph 206 g/km
2.0i 16V Turbo Estate 32 mpg - 139 mph 211 g/km
2.2i 16V Direct 38 mpg - 135 mph 180 g/km
2.2i 16V Direct Estate 36 mpg - 130 mph 187 g/km
2.2i 16V Direct Saloon 38 mpg - 135 mph 180 g/km
3.0 CDTi V6 41 mpg - 143 mph 186 g/km
3.0 CDTi V6 Estate 41 mpg - 140 mph 186 g/km
VXR 27 mpg - 155 mph 250 g/km
VXR Estate 27 mpg - 155 mph 252 g/km
 

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