Vauxhall Tigra (04-09) - Review

Review by Parkers
3
Small and stylish, the Vauxhall Tigra is a two-seater convertible that combines sharp looks and open-air fun with low running costs and frugal engines. There are plenty of neat touches but the real highlight is the neat metal folding roof.

2.5 out of 5

Performance

When the Tigra was launched in 2004, two petrol engines were available. The first is a 1.4-litre with 90bhp which feels underpowered in most situations aside from pottering around town. It takes a leisurely 12 seconds to accelerate from 0-60mph and has to be revved hard to get near anything resembling decent performance. On the plus side it's economical with an average of 46mpg. The other engine is a 1.8-litre with a more useful 125bhp which drops the 0-60mph time to 9 seconds. This serves up enough pace to make it mildly entertaining but it's still far from sporty. A 1.3 CDTi diesel was introduced in early 2005 which returns an impressive 61mpg but it's pretty woeful in the Tigra and is lacklustre with little punch. This is evident in its poor 0-60mph time of 15 seconds.

3 out of 5

Handling

The Tigra is actually based on the 2000 Corsa which means it's easy to drive but offers few thrills. It turns into corners quickly and feels more than happy at motorway speeds with good ride quality. However, the overly light steering means there's little sense of involvement and it's competent rather than exciting. With the roof down the Tigra still feels pretty stiff and the body doesn't flex too much in everyday driving.