Vauxhall Tigra
Heavy thunderstorms in July, flooding in August… the law of averages says we must be due some sun in September, and that’s just in time for when the fabulous new Vauxhall Tigra coupe roadster hits the showrooms.

Great-looking and good to drive, Tigra also boasts surprisingly low running costs, made even more reasonable by the recently announced insurance ratings. Thanks to its high level of standard security features and ease of repair, groupings range from a low nine for the Tigra 1.4 and Tigra 1.4 Sport to group 12 for Tigra 1.8 Sport. In fact, in relation to its nearest competitor - the Peugeot 206CC - there’s really no competition, with the 206CC offering insurance groups of 11 for the 1.6 Allure and S up to 14 for the 2.0 Allure or SE.

With around two-thirds of this year’s allocation already sold - and more orders coming in fast – the dynamic-looking Tigra looks like it’s going to be the convertible of choice for sophisticated, stylish girls and guys about town.

But it’s much more than the looks that have sold so many Tigras already. For starters, the choice of two sporty and responsive engines ensures maximum driver enjoyment whether you’re on the motorway or scooting round town. This performance doesn’t have to break the bank though, with the 1.4-litre version returning an impressive 46.3 mpg on the official combined cycle.

Additionally, the electrically retractable hard top means there’s no excuse not to enjoy the thrill of open air motoring at a moment’s notice. It takes just 20 seconds to go from hard top to no top. This, allied to the car’s stiff bodyshell, direct steering and neat chassis, makes Tigra great fun to drive.

And safety has been fully covered too. In fact, in the Euro NCAP tests held this summer Tigra was awarded four stars - the best result in its category - making it one of the safest convertibles on the road.

Published : 02/09/04 Author : Melanie Carter

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