Vauxhall Antara | Part Eight

Vauxhall Antara

Vauxhall Antara

Traditionally, the off-road segment consisted of vehicles which fulfilled a specific need. Very few people would put up with the compromised dynamics and high fuel consumption of a pre-1980s off roader purely for fashion of occasional leisure use.

Since then though, a sucession of ‘fun and fashion’ 4x4s together with advances in technology, have brought four-wheel-drive to a whole new generation of buyers. One of the first was the Frontera. Unveiled in 1991, the Frontera was one of the first SUV models ever and dominated its segment in the UK and Europe for many years.

Unlike the new Antara, which features a unibody monocoque design typical of passenger cars, the Frontera had a ladder frame chassis. In total, around 285,000 units of the classic robust 4x4 were sold in Europe up until it ceased production in 2003.

Even a decade ago the off-road segment represented just 4.1 per cent of the market in the UK; by 2006 that figure had grown to 7.66 per cent. Registrations dropped off slightly last year as buyers awaited the arrival of significant new models, and sales are expected to rise again this year as those cars reach showrooms.

The so-called ‘fun & fashion’ sector of the market in which the Antara will sit makes up around half of all 4x4 sales, and within this two-thirds are private buyers and just a third are fleet cars.  Diesels make up 63.8 per cent of sales in the sector, but this is expected to be above 90 per cent for the Antara.

There is a higher percentage of automatics bought in the segment too, and Vauxhall expects 35 per cent of buyers to opt for a self-shifter. The Antara has a rare option in this class too – the highly-desirable combination of a diesel auto.

Vauxhall Antara Specifications

Dimensions and Weights Overview

Length 4575 mm
Width (including mirrors) 1850 mm (2085)
Height 1747 mm
Wheelbase 2707 mm
Track front/rear 1572 / 1562 mm
Kerb weight (depending on equipment/engine) 1730 – 1790 kg
Payload (depending on equipment/engine) 420 - 660 kg
Trailer load (12 % gradient, depending on engine) 1500 – 2000 kg
Max. ground clearance 200mm
Max. wading depth 450mm
Max. approach angle 24O
Max. departure angle 16O
Max. ramp angle 14O
Overhangs (front/rear) 926/943 mm
Turning circle (kerb-to-kerb) 12.4 m
Fuel tank capacity 65 litres
Drag co-efficient 0.38 Cd
Brake disc size (front/rear) 296/303mm
Interior dimensions  
Legroom front/rear 1036/993 mm
Shoulder room front/rear 1455/1455 mm
Headroom front/rear 1025/1010 mm
Luggage compartment dimensions  
Floor length up to rear seat back/rear seat back folded forward 912/1740 mm
Floor length with rear and front passenger seat backs folded forward 2629 mm
Width at wheelarches/maximum width 967/1320 mm
Height of sill 828 mm
Luggage compartment volumes  
Up to luggage compartment cover 370 litres
Up to top of front seats with rear bench seat back folded 865 litres
Up to roof with rear bench seat back folded down 1420 litres

Antara Petrol Engine Overview:

Displacement (cm3) 2405
Output (kW/PS at rpm) 103/140 at 5200
Max. torque (Nm at rpm) 220 at 4000
Max. speed (mph) 109
Acceleration 0 – 62 mph (s) 11.9
Fuel consumption (Urb/Ex Urb/Combined) 21.2/38.7/29.4 mpg
CO2  emissions g/km 229

Antara 2.0 CDTi ECOTEC Engine Overview:

  manual automatic
Displacement (cm3) 1991 1991
Output (kW/PS at rpm) 110/150 at 4000 110/150 at 4000
Max. torque (Nm at rpm) 320 at 2000 320 at 2000
Max. speed (mph) 113 111
Acceleration 0 – 62 mph (s) 10.3 12.1
Fuel cons (Urb/Ex Urb/Combined) 32.5/41.5/37.2 25.9/38.7/32.8
CO2  emissions g/km 198 238
Published 25 August 2007 Melanie Carter

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