Decent sized boot, good diesels, comfortable
Bland styling, drab cabin, poorly laid out controls, dull to drive
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.