21st Dec 2004, 13:44

Yes, you should definitely have waited for the 1.9 TDCi 16v engine. 150bhp standard, loads of torque and for £400 the ECU can be re-mapped to 180+bhp. Not a diesel Mondeo or Passat in the land that will keep up with one.

16th Jun 2005, 09:43


I'm thinking of buying a Vectra 1.9 CDTi 16v- how good is this car for power, space, economy and equiptment? Thanks.

3rd Oct 2005, 11:34

It won't leave the 158PS Mondeo ST TDCi standing, which is also re-mappable to in excess of 180PS!

10th Oct 2005, 21:18

The Vectra (and Signum) is available with a 3-litre V6 Diesel engine (with six-speed box) that produces over 180ps and 400nm in its latest (standard) form, 0-60 in 8.3 seconds, max speed 143mph, worth considering, if you want a powerful diesel engined car of this size.

5th Nov 2005, 05:47

I have owned lot's of diesel and petrol cars, but since I have driven my Vectra 1.9CDTI (16V) 150BHP, I have vowed never to go back to a petrol car. Not only does it pull amazingly throughout the rev range, but the overall acceleration means that even the top end prestige marques struggle to keep up (how satisfying). At 70 on the motorway this car is barely at 2000 rpm in sixth.

I thought that I would prefer it as a motorway cruiser, but I have to admit that it puts a smile on your face even on country roads.

All this and the space for a family inc. 2.4 kids, bike, pushchair, etc etc. Why pay £6-10K more for something that doesn't drive or accommodate you better.

8th Dec 2005, 11:00

I brought the 2.2 direct petrol and wish I'd got the 1.9 diesel now! Although mine does have the twin exhaust pipes at the back which looks good (you can check them out as you pass me filling up (again) at a petrol station). Oh, I get 36-38 mpg, go on, disappoint me with what you diesel guys get...

18th Feb 2006, 08:34

I took a test drive in a 2004 '54 reg. Vectra SRi 1.9 CDTi this morning, and I've got to say I'm SERIOUSLY impressed; I never knew diesels had become this good. My current car is a Vectra 1.8 SRi petrol, and whilst it drives beautifully, the difference in the performance between the petrol and the diesel is pretty amazing.

I just hope I can get finance sorted before it goes.

23rd Feb 2006, 15:19

My apologies to the petrol Vectra owner, but I have to say that I get 45mpg easy, even when enjoying the performance of the 1.9cdti 16v.

Best thing to do is get rid of that 80's throw back and move into the diesel age.

25th Feb 2006, 06:55

How come diesel engine's are usually in odd number engine sizes? EG: 1.5 1.7 1.9, and petrol even numbers? You get your odd petrols like the pug 1.9 GTI, but not many.

7th Mar 2006, 01:15

Quite true.. and diesel is on average 5p litre more expensive at the pumps too.. add this to the equation.

7th Mar 2006, 01:27

This is quite interesting.. "Enter the diesel age"?.. yeah, my neighbour I am sure thought that every morning at 6.00am when my 1.9cdti cranked over and woke him up!

24th Jan 2007, 15:19

I drive a Vectra Sri 120 1.9 CDTi (and have driven a 2.2 Sri petrol equivalent) and have to say that the diesel wins on performance and driving pleasure every time, not to mention economy advantages which are circa 47mpg. With diesels it's all about torque and between 2000- 2750 rpm there's sufficient punch (280nm) to propel such a solid, heavy car, more than what's in the larger petrol equivalent. There's nothing wrong with the 2.2 but the Vectra's weight dilutes performance. Unless you buy a 2.8 GSi, the best Vectras are the torquey diesels in terms of performance. As for motorway cruising in 6th, I'm constantly having to ease my right foot to avoid exceeding the limits.

Overall, a brilliant, safe (6 airbags), solidly built and good looking car in Sri format. Well worth considering.

1st Mar 2007, 14:09

Ha, ‘automotive experts’. I've seen that show a few times on youtube and it’s the biggest load of crap ever. Not because it’s necessarily a bad show, but because they are so biased that you have to take everything they say with a grain of salt. For example when they review American cars they go out of their way to say how bad they are and their bias just seeps through. What good is a show if they only tell you what they want you to hear? That’s why you shouldn’t believe anything top gear says.

10th Mar 2007, 10:51

Ever driven an American car?? Still using leaf spring suspension!!! Huge engine with no power.

11th Mar 2007, 04:08

RE Comment- 1st of March..

So, if a Doctor told you that your cure for cancer was to stand in front of an approaching high speed train, you would?

... and other "expert" respected motoring press such as "what car", "Auto Express" and countless others clearly must be wrong?.. I'm sure you may give this some thought when placing six England flags on top of your car.

I would prefer an informed, unbiased view based on personal experience to one of a "follow the crowd" based on Three entertaining presenters more concerned with their personal careers & ego so it would seem...

13th Mar 2009, 16:07

I've just bought an 04 2.2 SRi Vectra. My drive home with it was over 350 miles, half motorway and half A roads. I am amazed at how good a car it is in every way. I have owned a wide range of cars and jeeps over the years, and so far I couldn't fault it. Yes you have to use the gears a bit more than the diesel, but with second hand cars it's cheaper to go for the petrol. To me smoothness of the power is more important than having loads of torque.