Not surprisingly, the Vauxhall Antara and the Chevrolet Captiva share the same two engines; a 2.4 petrol and a 2.0CDTI, diesel.
Not surprisingly, the Vauxhall Antara and the Chevrolet Captiva share the same two engines; a 2.4 petrol and a 2.0CDTI, diesel. But unlike the Chevrolet, the petrol unit is offered with the on-demand 4WD system.
There are three trim levels; E, S and SE. The petrol engine is only available in E trim but the diesel is offered at all three levels. A quick run-down of the base specification shows how well the Antara is equipped. I have already mentioned the 4WD aspect and the DCS but there is also switchable ESP with Traction Control and a full set of airbags. Air-conditioning is standard along with automatic self-levelling rear suspension (diesel only), a rake- and reach-adjustable steering column, front fogs, electrically heated and adjustable mirrors, see-you-home lights and 17-inch alloys, clad in low profile tyres.
‘S’ adds, amongst other things, heated front seats, automatic lights and wipers, chrome and leather trimmings, larger wheels in thinner tyres and Electronic Climate Control with cooled glovebox. Moving up to the SE, buys xenon headlamps with dynamic beam-levelling and washers, foldable, anti-dazzle mirrors, leather seats and trim, front and rear parking sensors and a tyre-pressure monitoring system.
The top-of-the-range Antara also comes with a voice-activated Bluetooth system and a DVD100 radio and 6-CD autochanger with MP3 compatibility as well as Satellite-Navigation with colour screen. The other two have a single CD/radio/MP3 unit but there are options available.
The driver’s environment is very businesslike with chunky, no-nonsense, steering-wheel with chrome highlights, in front of easily-read instruments. The gunmetal-effect, centre console is topped by a small, recessed information screen but is dominated by three, large central, air vents. The rest is plain and tidy, lacking a huge array of buttons and dials. Moving further back behind the gearshift, the handbrake mimics the front passenger’s grab handle, which are separated by two, in-line cup-holders.
Generally, there’s plenty of space for five adults to enjoy their journey in comfortable seats. There’s plenty of storage, too, in the various nooks and crannies, under the front passenger seat and the useful bins in the cargo area.
With all of the seats in place, there’s 370-litres of luggage space, under the cover but if you take advantage of the 60:40 split and fold seats, this increases to 865-litres. If that isn’t enough, there’s a maximum of 1,420-litres, if loaded to the roof. The more energetic don’t have to worry about trying to fit bicycles in the back as one of the options, which will be available in the New Year, is the clever, FlexFix cycle carrier that pops out of the rear bumper and is capable of carrying two bikes.
Vauxhall Antara Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Vauxhall Antara S 2.0 CDTI|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||10.3 Seconds|
|Top Speed||113 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||41.5 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3-Year, 60,000 mile warranty|
|Price (when tested on the 19/11/07)||£22,620|