Vauxhall VXR8 (07-09) - Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 23 Sep 2009
3.5
The VXR8 effectively replaces the Monaro in the Vauxhall line-up but rather than a two-door coupe, this is a four-door saloon. It has the same brutish character though with aggressive looks and a rumbling V8 engine that produces more than 400bhp.

Vauxhall VXR8 (07-09)
Characterful V8 engine, strong performance, plenty of road presence, good value
Lacks refinement and sophistication, thirsty engine and high emissions

New price range:

£35,235 - £36,670

Used price range:

£9,689 - £19,559

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

3.5 out of 5

The VXR8 effectively replaces the Monaro in the Vauxhall line-up but rather than a two-door coupe, this is a four-door saloon. It has the same brutish character though with aggressive looks and a rumbling V8 engine that produces more than 400bhp. That means it can accelerate from 0-60mph as fast as a BMW M3 or an Audi S4, but while it has thunderous performance, it lacks a little in finesse. It's decent value though and comes well equipped as standard, while the interior is well put together, although not particularly upmarket. But what the VXR8 does have in abundance is the feelgood factor and as a result it's a very engaging car to drive.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

3.5 out of 5

Performance

4.5 out of 5

Handling

3.5 out of 5

Comfort

4 out of 5

Practicality

3.5 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

2.5 out of 5

Green credentials

0.5 out of 5

Buying used

2 out of 5

Selling

3 out of 5

Equipment

4.5 out of 5

What owners say...

 Plenty of room. Good sized boot. Plenty of gadgets. Very practical car.  

5 out of 5

Anonymous ,   11 Dec 2011    ... read more

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