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Vauxhall Tigra Roadster review

2004 - 2009 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 53.0

At a glance

Price new £13,880 - £17,595
Used prices £376 - £2,168
Road tax cost £150 - £320
Insurance group 15 - 26
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Fuel economy Not tested to latest standards
Range 356 - 604 miles
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Pros & cons


Electric folding hard-top, neat styling, available with a frugal diesel


Cheap-feeling interior, lacklustre performance, dull to drive, awkward electric boot

Written by Parkers Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019


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. When it’s up, the Tigra is as quiet and secure as a coupe, but it folds down in just 20 seconds to transform it into a stylish roadster.

Unfortunately it’s not all good news and the interior is a huge letdown. It’s based on the 2000 Corsa hatchback so looks and feels dated. Refinement is in short supply while the driving experience is instantly forgettable. It’s pretty good value though – especially as a used buy – while the roof mechanism has, on the whole, proved reliable.