2006 Vauxhall Vectra Reviews

2006 Vauxhall Vectra Design 1.9 CDTI 120PS turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.9 CDTI 120PS turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired23 miles
Most recent distance56000 miles
Previous carFord Mondeo

Summary:

Very good, if average car, but one you can depend on time and time again

Faults:

Nothing! It's been a very reliable car since I got it. The only garage action has been for its regular annual service.

Oh yes, one thing went wrong. The rear ashtray broke within the first month - didn't bother trying to fix it. Apart from that, no problems.

General Comments:

When I first got this car I was happy for all the new toys - DAB radio, 6 CD multichanger, auto headlights, auto wipers etc, but expected to miss the agility of my old Mondeo. I needn't have worried as I'm not that fast a driver! I do a lot of motorway miles for work as this car just soaks them up like a sponge.

As a family car, it's great. Very roomy with a huge boot, it's been excellent for my family getting everything in the boot including the kitchen sink. It's quiet inside on the motorways, even with the poor state of the roads today.

Economy-wise it's also been very good. The car has two trip computers, and I've left the second one alone since new, meaning it's giving me stats for the life of the car. So during its 56000 mile life it's averaged 51.1 mpg, which is amazing for a car of this size.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th November, 2009

2006 Vauxhall Vectra SXi 1.9 from UK and Ireland

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.9
Distance when acquired9000 miles
Most recent distance34000 miles

Faults:

Handbrake malfunction. Car was parked in a graveyard path, which has a steep slope. Handbrake was engaged. After exiting the car and getting flowers out of boot and walking away, the car rolled down hill and hit a parked car. We all were lucky, no one was injured, but quite shaken. But I had to foot the bill.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 18th October, 2009

2006 Vauxhall Vectra CDTI Elite Estate 3.0 V6 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired2000 miles
Most recent distance15000 miles

Summary:

An excellent car for the money

Faults:

No faults whatsoever.

General Comments:

I was torn by the many choices available in the big estate car market, and was considering a car in the Audi A4 or BMW 5 series estate range, which would cost a lot of money, but offer a great deal in exchange.

The Vectra was an afterthought, because I didn't think it could compare with its much pricier rivals. However, I tried the big 3 litre V6 turbo diesel and was amazed at the value for money it seemed to offer. It had an unbeatable load carrying capacity, a quiet and refined engine and all the toys I could wish for, like cruise control, air-con, full leather, automatic lights and wipers, wonderful parking sensors, satellite navigation and much more besides. I am glad I took the chance and bought it.

At £15,000 for a car less than a year old, heavy depreciation was obvious but, seeing as it was £27,000 new, a fair chunk of it had been experienced by the previous owner. In the 13,000 miles I have covered, the car has performed faultlessly. A recent fully loaded jaunt to Portugal, a round trip of over 2000 miles, mostly at, ahem, let's say enthusiastic motorway speeds, the car returned over 40 MPG & regularly gives me nearly 40 MPG overall. It is quiet, refined, powerful, very comfortable and relaxed and the car has never given me a moments trouble.

The only niggles worth a mention are the indicators, which are annoying until you master the soft touch for 3 clicks, firmer touch for more system which is, at best, rather silly as 3 clicks isn't really enough for lane changing anyway, and the Satellite Navigation system, which works well enough, but does require you to be quite studious with the instruction manual as it is rather complex.

To drive, the car feels at its best on motorways where 2000 RPM gives you over 70 MPH in sixth gear. Although it could hardly be described as sporty on the twisty stuff, it is sure footed enough to clip along at reasonable speeds. There is a degree of under steer but this is easily mastered.

Overtaking is effortless and rarely needs a down change to achieve safely, as there is a massive amount of torque.

In conclusion, nobody questions the Vectra's ability as a load carrier and comfortable motorway cruiser, but popular opinion seems to credit it with little else. I have found it to be much more besides. It is fun to drive, surprisingly refined and judging by the number of old Vectra's still on the road, long lasting.

It is not a car to buy as an investment as they do depreciate heavily (even more so now with the introduction of the Insignia), and it certainly doesn't have the street-cred of a BMW or Audi. What it does offer is economical day to day practicality, with lots of power and refinement from an excellent engine and gearbox for very little money.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th April, 2009

15th Jul 2010, 10:41

I was really glad to read this review as I have just bought a hatchback 2006 with 31000K. After just a few days, it was making a noise when starting and it turns out that it needs a new drive belt tensioner; a pricey job, thankfully covered under warranty. Is this common? I have been told that it is???

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 15 reviews