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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5
Vauxhall VXR8 (07-09) - rated 3.5 out of 5
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PROS

Characterful V8 engine, strong performance, plenty of road presence, good value

CONS

Lacks refinement and sophistication, thirsty engine and high emissions

At a glance

New price £35,235 - £36,670
Used price £8,760 - £17,695
Used monthly cost £216 - £436
Fuel economy 18 - 19 mpg
Road tax cost £570
Insurance group 50 How much is it to insure?

PROS

Characterful V8 engine, strong performance, plenty of road presence, good value

CONS

Lacks refinement and sophistication, thirsty engine and high emissions

Vauxhall VXR8 rivals

The VXR8 effectively replaces the Monaro in the Vauxhall line-up but rather than a two-door coupe, this is a four-door saloon. It has the same brutish character though with aggressive looks and a rumbling V8 engine that produces more than 400bhp. That means it can accelerate from 0-60mph as fast as a BMW M3 or an Audi S4, but while it has thunderous performance, it lacks a little in finesse.

It's decent value though and comes well equipped as standard, while the interior is well put together, although not particularly upmarket. But what the VXR8 does have in abundance is the feelgood factor and as a result it's a very engaging car to drive.

Vauxhall VXR8 rivals