Vauxhall Antara Road Test (2008)

Vauxhall Antara

Vauxhall Antara Review

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The Vauxhall Antara seems well screwed together and is suitable for an active family life

The boot is not particularly big and is quite shallow at 370 litres, for example the Land Rover Freelander boasts a 755 litre boot. Although you can fold the 60/40 split rear seat down to increase the available space to a useful 1420 litres. There is a retractable tonneau cover to protect your luggage from prying eyes. Two cubby holes at either side of the boot and there is some storage space under the boot floor. There is a handy 12v socket in the boot, to power fridges or to recharge your laptop, etc. Roof rails are standard, for use with a roof top box or roof rack.

The two rear outer seats have ISOFIX mounting points for fast and secure fitting of child seats our Bebe Confort seat fitted in easily.

Our test car (SE model) was equipped with some useful goodies such as rain sensitive windscreen wipers, auto on Bi-Xenon headlights, auto dipping interior mirror, power fold in mirrors, tyre pressure monitor, front and rear parking sensors and there is even an electric power tilt/slide sunroof.

The Vauxhall Antara SE Auto is fitted with the Vauxhall DVD 100 radio / CD player with a six disc CD auto-changer with Satellite Navigation and a 7.5” colour monitor as standard. The sound quality is reasonably good although disappointingly you cannot enter postcodes when setting destinations via the Navigation system, which is probably the easiest method and the map rendering is not particularly good.

You can hook up your Bluetooth mobile telephone as a hands-free headset, which worked particularly well with our Sony and XDA handsets and helps keep you safe and legal whilst driving.

The comprehensive standard safety package includes ABS brakes, electronic stability (ESP), descent control system (DCS), front airbags, thorax/pelvis side airbags for driver and front passenger, head curtain airbags. Other safety features include three-point safety belts and head restraints for all five seats. The front seats are equipped with seat-belt pre-tensioners and belt-force limiters.

The Vauxhall Antara seems well screwed together and is suitable for an active family life, although some of the moulded plastics are a little on the ‘hard side’, which is typical of Vauxhall interiors. We did not like the ‘wooden’ style inlaid trim, it just doesn’t work unless it is in a Jaguar or Bentley.

The standard Satellite Navigation system is a boon for family holidays and the automatic gearbox allows you to enjoy the drive without distraction. In our opinion at £27,795 the range topping Vauxhall 2.0 CDTi Antara SE Auto is expensive, especially when you consider the entry-level Land Rover Discovery is a few hundred pounds cheaper.

The Vauxhall Antara offers a neat package, quite capable of handling all the needs of an active family of five but we are not too sure about the price and if you require seven seats take a look at its cousin the Chevrolet Captiva.

19 March 2008 Melanie Carter
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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

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