Vauxhall Antara Review

Vauxhall Antara

Vauxhall Antara Review

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Vauxhall quotes fuel economy figures of 25.9 mpg (urban), 38.7 (extra-urban) and 32.8 mpg on the combined cycle.

Vauxhall quotes fuel economy figures of 25.9 mpg (urban), 38.7 (extra-urban) and 32.8 mpg on the combined cycle. Touring we achieved just 25 mpg and on the motorway 33 mpg, which is roughly what we got out of a Range Rover Sport TDV8 last year and in our opinion not particularly good.

We did not venture too far off-road, sticking to forest tracks and green lanes. Our routes weren’t particularly challenging and the Antara coped very well.  The intelligent active four-wheel drive system ITCC (Intelligent Torque Controlled Coupling) is fitted as standard to all Antara's and combines the benefits of pure front-wheel drive such as low fuel consumption and manoeuvrability although we thought the turning circle was a little on the wide side. While the Vauxhall Antara is a front-wheel drive car under normal conditions, drive can be quickly and seamlessly distributed between the front and rear axle at a ratio of up to 50:50 when needed. The four-wheel drive system’s principal component is an electronically controlled electro-hydraulic differential on the rear axle.

The maximum approach angle is 24 degrees and departure angle 16 degrees, this compares to the Land Rover Freelander which can approach an angle of 31 degrees and depart 34 degrees, so serious off-road use is limited. Which of course is more hindered by the lack of low ratio gearbox and locking differentials but these cannot be expected on this class of SUV and in this price range.

The Vauxhall Antara is equipped with hill descent control or as Vauxhall call it (DCS) Descent Control System which operates at speeds up to 30 mph, to allow the Antara to maintain a safe constant speed down steep inclines without having to brake, which can be lethal off-road. It is easy to operate, simply select ‘D’ from the automatic gearbox and then press the DCS button and the system will let you descend at a steady 6 mph. It is possible to operate the DCS system in reverse as well and on the move from higher speeds to help control a descent by slowing the car down to 10 mph. It is possible to increase the speed slightly by use of the throttle or brake, as soon as you lift off the system returns the Antara back to the selected speed.

Getting in and out of the Antara is easy, the sills are quite low and unlike some SUVs it was easy to get in and out of the seats. You do sit quite high in the seats which gives a commanding view of the road ahead. The driver’s seat incorporates a lever adjustment for recline, which we don’t particularly like, we would expect the driver’s seat to feature electric adjustment at this price although the leather clad front seats have a three stage heating function. The steering wheel is adjustable for both rake and reach.

All round vision is pretty good and parking is easy, especially with the aid of front and rear parking sensors.

Unlike its cousin the Chevrolet Captiva (which can seat seven - depending on the model) the Antara can only seat five passengers. All passengers are pretty well catered for and should be comfortable, with plenty of leg and head room.

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Vauxhall Antara Road Test Data
Model ReviewedVauxhall Antara 2.0 Litre CDTi SE Automatic
Body TypeSUV
ColourGranite Black Two-Coat Pearlescent
Performance (manufacturers data) 
0 - 62 mph12.8 Seconds
Top Speed 110 mph
Transmission5-Speed Automatic
Fuel TypeDiesel
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
Urban25.9 mpg
Extra Urban38.7 mpg
Combined32.8 mpg
Insurance Group13
Euro NCAP RatingTBA
Warranty3-Year / 60,000 Miles
Price (when tested on the 19/03/08)£27,795

The information contained within this Vauxhall Antara review may have changed since publication on the 19 March 2008. 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. © 2018