The Vauxhall Vectra, once famously derided by Jeremy Clarkson, has had the last laugh by being named What Car?’s Used Car of the Year.
The Vauxhall impressed the panel of judges, which included industry experts as well as What Car?’s own used car specialists, with its exceptional value for money. After just two years on the road the winning model - the Vauxhall Vectra 1.8 SXi - can be bought for around half the original list price. Used car buyers should expect to pay just over £8000 for an ’02/02 model with 30,000 miles on the clock.
A keen price isn’t the only reason the Vectra picked up the ultimate used car accolade. The judges also praised the Vectra’s comfortable ride, spacious cabin and excellent refinement. The 1.8-litre engine gives strong performance yet still delivers around 35mpg, while SXi trim looks the part with its sporty bodykit and alloy wheels.
The Vauxhall faced stiff competition for the 2004 title. The judges also praised the Citroen Xsara Picasso MPV - a steal at under £7000 for a 2.0 HDi SX ’02/51 with 32,000 miles. The Ford Focus very nearly retained the crown it won last year, and was voted Best Small Family Car. Expect to pay less than £4900 for a 53,000-mile 1.6 Zetec 5dr on a ’99 V-plate.
Other class winners included the BMW 5-series, Nissan X-Trail, Subaru Impreza, Vauxhall Corsa, and Volvo V70.Published 5 October 2004