The Vauxhall Antara is a Sports Utility Vehicle, SUV, that is available in four wheel drive and front wheel drive, we would go for the four wheel drive version even though it takes a bit off the fuel economy. Introduced in 2007 the Antara was nothing short of a flop for Vauxhall, mainly due to the Korean engines that were dropped into the car from its tie up with Daewoo. This new for 2011 Antara is different, it has been restyled and is a vast improvement inside and out particularly as the new General Motors Diesel engine is a huge step up in refinement, power and drive-ability, available in 163 bhp or 184bhp the all new 2.2 litre diesel unit is available as a 6 speed manual or, our pick, a six speed automatic.
The Antara comes in three trim levels to mobility customers, the Exclusiv, the limited edition Diamond and the plush SE, the Exclusiv, with four wheel drive has as standard, air conditioning, tinted rear windows, cruise control, electric handbrake, 18″ alloys, heated front seats, front and rear parking sensors, front fog lights and all the bits to help you manage the off road stuff like hill assist and traction control. Move up to the Diamond and you add leather seats and an upgraded media system, The SE adds 19″ wheels, automatic xenon lights and wipers, a sat nav is a £750 extra.,
Our choice is the smaller of the two diesels with 163 brake horse power in four wheel drive, couple this to the excellent automatic gearbox and you have a luxury off roader that won’t break the bank. Top speed for the Automatic is 117 miles per hour and 0-62 time is 9.9 seconds, both really good but add into the equation that you can get 36.2 combined miles per gallon then you have a great package with realistic pricing.
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