Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

The Vectra VXR driver is offered a wide range of seat adjustment to find the perfect driving position. The steering wheel adjusts for reach and height, while all the controls are clearly laid out and everything in contact with the occupants feels built to high standards.

Firm ride apart, the Vectra VXR is as comfortable as the rest of the Vectra range, with enough room to accommodate five adults. The standard Vectra is designed to take 20,000-plus miles a year in its stride with room for five and the VXR is no different, although tyre roar is more noticeable with the larger wheels fitted to the VXR. Engine noise is relatively subdued, despite the performance car figures, and wind noise is absent at legal speeds.

Cruise control and air conditioning are both standard. The estate model has a longer wheelbase than the hatchback and offers better rear legroom and headroom.