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
|Width (including mirrors)||1850 mm (2085)|
|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|
|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:
|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:
|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|