Vauxhall Vectra Hatchback (05-08) - Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 29 Aug 2014
3
Originally launched in 2002 the Vauxhall Vectra underwent a mid-life revision in 2005 that included changes under the skin which made it better to drive. It also got a new look front end but unfortunately this did little to lift the anonymous looks.

Vauxhall Vectra Hatchback (05-08)
Decent sized boot, good diesels, comfortable
Bland styling, drab cabin, poorly laid out controls, dull to drive

New price range:

£14,775 - £27,125

Used price range:

£873 - £4,086

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

3 out of 5

Originally launched in 2002 the Vauxhall Vectra underwent a mid-life revision in 2005 that included changes under the skin which made it better to drive. It also got a new look front end but unfortunately this did little to lift the anonymous looks. The cabin is just as plain with a slabby design that lacks style but even worse is the awful button layout on the centre console and the lack of storage. The changes to the chassis made it more composed on the move but while it's safe it lacks excitement and it's not as controlled or sophisticated as newer rivals like the Ford Mondeo. On the plus side it's comfortable on the motorway, there's some good diesel engines available and the boot is large and easy to access. There's also plenty of affordable examples on the used market making it a good value second hand buy.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

3 out of 5

Performance

3.5 out of 5

Handling

3 out of 5

Comfort

3 out of 5

Practicality

4 out of 5

Behind the wheel

2.5 out of 5

Safety

4 out of 5

Reliability

4 out of 5

Running costs

3.5 out of 5

Green credentials

3 out of 5

Buying used

4.5 out of 5

Selling

1.5 out of 5

Equipment

4 out of 5

What owners say...

 The size of the Vectra is something that surprised me when I test drove the car. After looking online for weeks at them it was difficult to see what the cars size was like. In the front and the back...  

5 out of 5

Thomas Heath ,   22 Oct 2014    ... read more

 A big car with decent power that gets over 50mpg on most tanks.  

4 out of 5

Adam Preston ,   16 Apr 2014    ... read more

 The boot is huge! I haven't had anything in it that could even take up half of it! and with the seats down it's ridiculously big!  

5 out of 5

Ross MacDonald ,   21 Nov 2013    ... read more

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