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Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0
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PROS

Decent sized boot, good diesels, comfortable

CONS

Bland styling, drab cabin, poorly laid out controls, dull to drive

Verdict

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.

What owners say about this car

Good car lots of space and great mpg. The Sri version does have hard suspension and at times will crash... Read owner review

Ever think has work from day one of being the owner part's are red early available at good prices. It's... Read owner review

Great car u look up the forums of any car they all give bother.had dmf done at 85 kand never... Read owner review

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