Vauxhall Vectra Review1995 - 2002

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Models Covered:(October 1995-March 1999; facelift March 1999-April 2002) 4-door saloon, 5-door hatch and estate, 1.6, 1.8, 2.0, 2.2, 2.5 V6,2.6 V6 1.7 turbo diesel, 2.0Di & DTi turbo diesels [Envoy, Club,, LS, SXi, GLS, SRi, SRi 120, SRi 140, CDX, GSi]

Vauxhall Vectra Review

Quick Summary of the Vauxhall Vectra

OVERALLVauxhall Vectra Overall Rating

The younger the car, the better, as the Vectra has benefited from constant development. The choice of used examples is huge, so take your time and you'll find exactly the car you want, at a price that suits.


The Vectra was General Motors' response to the ultra-successful Ford Mondeo and the replacement for the Vauxhall Cavalier. Launched amid a big-budget TV campaign as the car for the next millennium, the Vectra immediately caught the public's imagination and got off to a successful start. The motoring press, however, gave the Vectra fairly lukewarm praise. The styling was felt by many to be too similar to the old Cavalier and, apart from those swoopy external mirrors, the Vectra certainly lacked the radical touches of, say, the latest Mondeo.That criticism was addressed partly by the March 1999 facelift which sharpened up the styling a little and brought new engines and tauter suspension and steering to many of the mainstream models. The new 'hearing aid beige' interior colour option was less welcome. As a used buy, however, the Vectra range makes a lot of sense. The large range, proven mechanicals and of course, Vauxhall's extensive dealer network all add up to sensible, low cost family motoring.
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History of the Vectra

The Vectra arrived in October 1995 as a four-door saloon and a five-door hatch. The estate followed a year later. Engines remained up to the March 1999 facelift as they were at the original launch, with the exception of the turbocharged 2.0-litre Di diesel, which only appeared in September 1996 followed a year later by the intercooled DTi unit.Initial rim levels consisted of Envoy, LS, GLS, SRi and CDX, though there were several limited editions such as the Premier and Expression. Engines ranged from eight and 16-valve 1.6-litre base-model units, through the more popular 1.8, 2.0 and 2.5-litre sizes, the latter being a V6. As for the turbo diesels, the 1.7-litre engine remained available for several months after the introduction of the advanced 2.0 direct injection motor in August 1996.In March 1998, new 120