Vauxhall Tigra Review

Vauxhall Tigra
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Vauxhall Tigra Review

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The Vauxhall Tigra is an elegant coupe roadster which should appeal to both male and female tastes.

How It Looks -

The Vauxhall Tigra is an elegant coupe roadster which should appeal to both male and female tastes.

From all angles, with the roof up or down the Tigra retains its aesthetic appeal and Sport models feature a stylish contrasting colour targa roof bar, dark-style headlights and unique cabin trim details.

An optional styling pack is available (from summer 2005) offering a body-coloured front lower spoiler/side sills and boot lip spoiler, 17-inch five spoke alloy wheels with 205/45 R 17 tyres.

Even when stationary, the new Vauxhall Tigra coupe roadster looks incredibly dynamic. Its short overhangs, sloping windscreen, wave-shaped, aluminium roll over bar, muscular sills and tapered sides make the car’s silhouette both sleek and purposeful.

The Tigra’s prominent headlights and large air inlets work with its striking rear end featuring an oval stainless steel tailpipe (on the 1.8 litre model) - accentuating the car’s sportiness even more. This, along with the car’s powerfully moulded wheel arches and broad track, contributes directly to its dynamic appearance. Complemented by trademark Vauxhall design attributes, such as the characteristic crease on the bonnet and a bold Vauxhall griffin within the grille.

How It Looks - Interior

The interior has an air of minimalism but is fully functional. Adhering to the Vauxhall corporate look, everything is logically laid out and easy to use. The alloy ‘look’ dashboard console houses the single slot CD player and the heating controls. The console is capped with the radio/information panel.

The pedals on the sport model are aluminium to give the car that ‘sporty’ look.

On Sport models the Spice/Malta cloth silver/charcoal fabric upholstery is standard and platinum coloured seatbelts are standard with cloth trim only.

We particularly liked the ‘wave’ styled hydro-formed aluminium roll over bar which is anchored to a stable transverse beam located in front of the luggage compartment.

You can check out the range of accessories available for the new Tigra TwinTop online at www.vauxhall.co.uk/accessories

Infotainment

Our test car was fitted with Vauxhall’s CD30 MP3 single slot CD player with RDS radio, and integral four loudspeaker system. It will play back MP3 encoded CD's, so you can write out your own CD's with 10-15 MP3 encoded albums on one disc, quite clever and saves on the cost of an autochanger.

With the roof down the volume had to be cranked up a fair way to hear the system - we were not overly impressed by the sound quality which can only be described as tinny and mediocre.

There is a £750 navigation option and a CD/RDS radio system available with an integrated autochanger for additional £300.

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Vauxhall Tigra Road Test Data
Model ReviewedVauxhall Tigra 1.4i 16v Sport
  
Body TypeCoupe Roadster
ColourFlame Red
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph12.4 seconds
Top Speed 112 mph
  
Transmission5-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypeUnleaded Petrol
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban34.9 mpg
Extra Urban56.5 mpg
Combined46.3 mpg
  
Insurance Group9
Euro NCAP Rating4
WarrantyAll Vauxhall vehicles are covered by a one-year unlimited mileage manufacturer's warranty. A second and third year no-fee customer option warranty to 60,000 miles from first registration
Price (when tested on the 09/07/05)£ 15,000

The information contained within this Vauxhall Tigra review may have changed since publication on the 9 July 2005. The actual model road tested may feature options and functionality specific to that model, which may not be available as on option or be fitted to other models in the range. Options may not be available on UK specification cars. You may wish to check with your local Vauxhall dealer, before making a purchasing decision. E.&.O.E. You may NOT reproduce this car review in full or part, in any format without our written permission. carpages.co.uk © 2017