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Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

Favoured petrol engines are the 2.2 and 2.5/2.6 V6, which are swift and responsive. The 16-valve 1.8 and 2.0 litre units are quiet, fairly lively, and good cruisers, but the 1.6 is underpowered and best avoided. Diesels are unstressed, 2.0 and 2.2 DTi models are quick with a 0-60 time of under ten seconds, and are preferable to the noisy old 1.7 TDS and lacklustre 2.0 D.

It depends which model you choose. If the standard Vectras are used as the maker intended, to rack up motorway miles and normal urban errands, the supple ride will be comfortable enough. Anything more reveals the steering’s shortcomings and lack of composure. However the brilliant GSi does have the suspension modifications to cope with enthusiastic driving.