Vauxhall Antara (07 on) - Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 08 Nov 2012
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The Vauxhall Antara is a five-seat 4x4 in the same mould as the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V and is essentially the replacement for the long-running Frontera which stopped being sold in 2003. Its neat styling, decent equipment levels and modern cabin give it plenty of appeal but unfortunately the Antara lags behind other similar off roaders in too many key areas.

Vauxhall Antara (07 on)
Well equipped, attractive upmarket design, improved gearbox
Poor handling, noisy diesel engine, expensive to run, small boot for a 4x4

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

3 out of 5

The Vauxhall Antara is a five-seat 4x4 in the same mould as the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V and is essentially the replacement for the long-running Frontera which stopped being sold in 2003.

Its neat styling, decent equipment levels and modern cabin give it plenty of appeal but unfortunately the Antara lags behind other similar off roaders in too many key areas. The vague steering and wallowy handling do it few favours while the five-speed gearbox is poor. Elsewhere, the 2.0-litre CDTi diesel is noisy and crude which only adds to the feel that the Antara is dated before its time.

In early 2011 the Antara was given a number of updates. The aesthetics were given minor updates with some exterior design refreshes as well as small changes to the interior. The more substantial changes included a tweaked chassis, new gearbox and cleaner and more efficient engines.

Well equipped

You certainly cannot fault Vauxhall for the amount of standard equipment they cram into the Antara. Every model comes with ESP, six airbags, air conditioning, electric windows all round, CD stereo and MP3 connection.

There is also the choice between front- and four-wheel drive versions, as well as a single 165bhp 2.4-litre petrol engine and the much more popular 2.2 turbodiesel that comes in 161- and 181bhp forms.

If you opt for the Antara in higher grade SE trim, you also gain climate control in place of air con and leather upholstery instead of fabric-covered seats. The SE also comes with a Bluetooth connection included.

Lacklustre drive

An SUV, even one with more crossover credentials than serious off-road ambitions such as the Antara, is never going to be the last word in driving pleasure. However, the Antara misses the mark set by the class leaders by some margin.

It’s easy to park and relatively compact for town driving, but that’s about the limit of its plus points as the Vauxhall has wallowy suspension on twisting roads, even with the revisions to the suspension in early 2011, and the steering has very little in the way of feel.

The engines are also noisy when asked to deliver more than a gentle amble through town traffic. So is this car worth considering to buy? Read the full Vauxhall Antara review to find out.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

3 out of 5

Performance

3 out of 5

Handling

3 out of 5

Comfort

3.5 out of 5

Practicality

3 out of 5

Behind the wheel

3.5 out of 5

Safety

3.5 out of 5

Reliability

3.5 out of 5

Running costs

3 out of 5

Green credentials

3 out of 5

Buying new

3 out of 5

Buying used

3 out of 5

Selling

2.5 out of 5

Equipment

4 out of 5

What owners say...

 Excellent interior space and good driving position and a fair size boot. Getting in and out is easy and you sit up a little bit over a saloon car but not as high as a proper 4X4.  

4 out of 5

Ian Drewitt ,   01 Aug 2013    ... read more

 The 4 wheel drive system has been invaluable over the past couple of weeks,excellent grip in all weathers and road conditions.  

5 out of 5

Jeoff Halstead ,   29 Mar 2013    ... read more

 Great level of space inside and well specced out, good visibility all round. Parking sensors front/rear are a great addition to have on a car of this size and do work really well.  

5 out of 5

Jeoff Halstead ,   28 Mar 2013    ... read more

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