VAUXHALL'S Vectra won a huge number of awards before its demise in 2008, not least of which was for Best Business Car on at least a couple of occasions.
With cheap running costs, a wide range of engines and trim and strong lasting qualities, it’s not surprising.
Always check prices and don’t pay too much. This is a car which is now down to very low money, so only go for the best. There are hundreds to choose from.
If one is too expensive, move on to another.
Models from 2006 are now down to around £2,300 and make great bargains secondhand.
Petrol engines are 1.8 to 2.8-litre V6 with 120 to 251bhp and diesels are from 1.9 to 3.0- litre V6 with 118 to 181bhp.
The saloon was launched at the same time as the hatch and should always be £150 less.
Gearboxes are five or six speed and go for LS or better spec to have a few of the right toys.
The ride is comfortable much of the time, but just a little unsettled at slower speeds. Safety is excellent, with good handling and road holding, loads of airbags, and stability control on most.
Interior space is excellent, but it’s not as good to drive as the Mazda 6 or the Ford Mondeo.
Vauxhall Vectra 1.8 petrol hatch
Price: Pay about £2,400 for an ’06 06-reg Exclusiv, £3,850 for an ’08 08-reg SRi
Mechanical: 120bhp, 1,796cc, 4cyl petrol engine driving front wheels via 5-speed manual gearbox
Max speed: 127mph
0-62mph: 10.2 seconds
Combined mpg: 38
Insurance group: 8
CO2 emissions : 175g/km
Main rival: Mazda6
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