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Opel Vectra

The Opel Vectra is a large family vehicle that was launched in 1988 as a substitution for the Opel Ascona. The Vectra’s production was ceased in 2009. During its 21-year history, the car was rolled out in three generations before it was replaced by the Opel Insignia.

The third generation of the Vectra, referred to as the Vectra C, made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in 2002. It’s good-looking and roomy inside with a decent powertrain offered. In 2005, the car’s design and performance qualities were improved that made it even more attractive and agile. The Opel Vectra eventually became a family car people would love to own.

Exterior

The Vectra C is mounted on the Epsilon platform and exists in the following body styles:

- a 4-door sedan (181.5 in long, 70.8 in wide, 57.5 in high, 106.3 in wheelbase);

- a 5-door hatchback (with the same dimensions);

- a 5-door estate car (has a longer wheelbase (111 in), is longer (190.5 in) and higher (59.1 in).

Curb weight of the Vectra doesn’t depend on a body style – it’s 3.071 lb. By the way, the What Car? magazine bestowed the Opel Vectra a title ‘Estate Car of the Year’ in 2007.

Although it’s obvious that some of the exterior elements are taken over from the previous generations, it isn’t a problem – the Opel Vectra C still looked charming. Its well-designed grille sits right above the bumper with large headlamps protruding upwards on each side. The rear bumper and wheels are redesigned.

Interior & Comfort

The Opel Vectra’s cabin inspires with peace of mind. This car feels like home. It’s really one of the most comfortable cars in its segment. Faraway travels in it go unnoticed in heavenly comfortable and supportive seats that can accommodate five adults. Everything passengers can reach is made of soft-touch materials. The steering wheel resembles the one in sport cars, so the Vectra C gives you a unique opportunity to feel like a racing driver behind its wheel. As for buttons and controls layout on the centre console, it should have been done more carefully – it isn’t easy to use them from a driver’s position.

The Opel Vectra of the third generation offers a 500-L square-shaped boot. When the rear seats are folded flat, its capacity is increased to 1,360 L. There’s a low lip for easier loading/unloading. It wouldn’t be out of place though if there were more storage compartments front and back (the cup holders aren’t as deep as they are to be while the door pockets are too narrow to put anything here).

Engine

As the new Opel Vectra’s curb weight is increased, the manufacturer refreshed an engine range for it, too.

A petrol engine line is opened by a 1.8-L 16V unit that generates 140 bhp (it substituted the engine with the same displacement but different horsepower rate – 120 bhp). A 2.2-L 145 bhp engine got high pressure direct injection in 2004 and improved power (152 bhp) as well as emissions rate. The Vectra C can also be propelled by a 2.0-L turbocharged Ecotec engine making 173 bhp. The top-of-the-range 3.2-L 208-bhp V6 was traded for a 2.8-L 227-bhp turbocharged V6 as a part of the 2005 facelift. A year later, it increased power output to 248 bhp.

A range of diesel engines for the Opel Vectra remains mostly unchanged. The car can still be powered by a 120 and 150-bhp 1.9-L engines, which are the best sellers. For those who need more torque, there’s a 3.0-L V6 motor producing 174 bhp. In 2005, it started to generate 184 bhp, though.

Safety

The Opel Vectra demonstrated a very good result in the Euro NCAP crash testing winning four stars of five. However, newer cars are capable of more. The Vectra C provides its passengers with airbags and three-point seat belts with belt-force limiters and height-adjustable safety belt points. A driver and front-seat passenger have seat belts with pre-tensioners and active head restraints with seat back support. Also, the car is equipped with the Pedal Release System (PRS).

Features

The Opel Vectra C comes in several trim levels. The base Exclusiv is well equipped with cruise control, air conditioning, CD playback function, and stereo controls placed on the steering wheel; the steel wheels look like alloy.

The more upgraded Design trim level includes fog lamps at the front, 16-in alloy wheels, 8-way adjustable front-passenger seat along with auto air conditioning and DAB digital stereo system.

If you acquire the Vectra Elite, you’ll get 17-in alloys, automatic headlights, power rear windows, and rain-sensing windscreen wipers. Inside, you’ll see leather door trim and seats, climate control, and satellite navigation system. The SRi trim implies availability of sports seats and unique 17-in alloys as well as smoked indicator lenses. Optional features are Bluetooth connectivity, adaptive forward lighting, and parking sensors.

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