Conclusion » So back to that original comparison: the Vauxhall VXR8 and the Jaguar XFR.
Rear passengers are provided with comfortable full leather seats with a 60:40 split rear seat with a fold down centre ski hatch for long loads. There is ample leg and head room with enough space to fit 3 adults. The boot provides 496 litres of luggage capacity.
One feature of the Vauxhall VXR8 that shines is the EDI, or Enhanced Driver Interface. EDI connects with the on-board computer to provide real-time vehicle dynamics and performance data to the car's main 5-inch touch screen monitor. A a whole host of data is available and includes vehicle G-forces, power and torque and lap times - even the degree to which Vauxhall VXR8 is drifting. Drivers can download data such as track day performance, and analyse it using the MOTEC i2 software provided.
The touchscreen interface makes for easy interaction, and the screen is very clear so quick glances for GPS navigation remain simple and safe. Rear park assist with a rear facing camera, aux-in/USB inputs, iPod support, Bluetooth with phone book display and touch-screen dialling are included as standard on both Vauxhall VXR8 models.
- Audi RS6
- BMW M5
- Jaguar XFR
- Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X
- Subaru WRX STi
What We Liked
- Exhaust noise
- Road presence
- Potent acceleration
What We Disliked
- Cheap interior plastics
- Steering wheel design
What We'd Like To See
- Improved quality interior
- Improved steering feedback
So back to that original comparison: the Vauxhall VXR8 and the Jaguar XFR. Does the VXR8 still offer a good alternative to the XFR? In terms of acceleration, yes it does. However, potent acceleration does not make a good car. The unsettled handling and low quality interior do let the VXR8 down.
The VXR8 scores very high for its sound and whilst the Vauxhall VXR8's handling will never compete with the likes of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X, it can - and invariably does - provide an exhilarating and enjoyable drive.
It is intentionally unsubtle and has a sense of raw power that something like a Jaguar has forgone in exchange for executive luxury, but if you are considering the Vauxhall VXR8, then executive luxury many not come so high on your priority list.
I definitely enjoyed my time with it, and wasn't in any hurry to hand the keys back.7 April 2011
Vauxhall VXR8 Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Vauxhall VXR8 GTS|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||5.0 Seconds|
|Top Speed||155 mph (Limited)|
|Fuel Type||Super Unleaded|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||27.4 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||Lifetime / 100,000 Miles|
|Price (when tested on the 07/04/11)||£51,200|