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Unread 27th June 2013   #21
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Vauxhall Antara 2.2 SE Nav Review

Vauxhall Antara 2.2 SE Nav Auto
Purchased March 2013

Solo Fuel Economy over 3,000 miles total = 27 mpg
Towing Fuel Economy over 2,000 miles total = 21 mpg

Good points
Quiet throughout speed range for a high 4x4
Rock solid when both solo and towing, even when towing our 1600kg, 8m caravan at 60mph
Automatically puts itself instantly onto 4x4 when required. This is not even noticable to the driver
Good in snow conditions
You can select low locked gear for steep hill slopes up or down
Comfortable supportive seating
Fully adjustable driving position
large boot space when rear seats dropped
Passenger seat folds forward flat to give a 3m internal length
Front as well as rear parking sensors
19" wheels - 18" on all other models
Good block tread on tyres making it good in snow

Bad Points
Poor fuel economy
Eco mode makes virtually no difference in mpg
Low quality interior plastics, easily scratched
High tax bracket of £275 pa (£600 for first year)
Daytime running lights are the main xenon headlights, which is a waste. They should have followed everyone else and used LED lighting for efficiency.

How does it tow?
It is faultless towing. You know the car is in control of the caravan.
The sensor in the rear of the car that monitors the caravan movement is ingenious. If it senses any swaying it automatically reduces the speed and gently applies the various brakes to bring it back in line.

What's it like without the caravan?
The 184bhp engine on the SE Nav is very fast from standing start. ideal to get you out of any unexpected situation. I was pleasantly surprised how quiet it is on motorways at 70 mph, especially as it is taller than most 4x4's. The gearchanges are un-noticeable and the manual feature is handy when on steep hills, etc. Top gear is set too high in my opinion as it changes down to 5th on the slightest of inclines, hence it's poor fuel consumption.

Is it easy to live with?
Most certainly. This vehicle has replaced two vehicles, a 2 litre Mondeo and a 4x4 Nissan Terrano used during the winter months. It performs both tasks with ease
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Thanks for that as a very good write up. We were considering an Antara, but our 3.0L Jeep is more economical.
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Having put up with this so called vehicle for 10 months I finally got rid...Best move I ever made.
Strange noise coming from clutch/gearbox area every time I moved off from rest. Despite two visits to Evans Halshaw they could not make up their minds what the problem was so they contacted Vauxhall whose suggestion was to drive it till it gets worse.
Pathetic fuel consumption accompanied by repeated unnecessary regenerations of the dreaded DPF.

Feel sorry for whoever gets it next
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Having put up with this so called vehicle for 10 months I finally got rid...Best move I ever made.
Strange noise coming from clutch/gearbox area every time I moved off from rest. Despite two visits to Evans Halshaw they could not make up their minds what the problem was so they contacted Vauxhall whose suggestion was to drive it till it gets worse.
Pathetic fuel consumption accompanied by repeated unnecessary regenerations of the dreaded DPF.

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what's the replacement tug going to be HN, hope you have better luck with it than the last one.
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Replaced it with a new Mondeo Titanium X 163 Estate which is what I had before the Antara...At least this time I knew what I was getting. Brilliant machine.

Also have an 18 year old Monterey 3.1TD which I am looking to replace with another old 4X4 possibly a Freelander or Grand Vitara circa 2002/2003
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Replaced it with a new Mondeo Titanium X 163 Estate which is what I had before the Antara...At least this time I knew what I was getting. Brilliant machine.

Also have an 18 year old Monterey 3.1TD which I am looking to replace with another old 4X4 possibly a Freelander or Grand Vitara circa 2002/2003
Very nice, great choice. I've got the TD4 Freelander (06) had it seven years now and never had any problems with it at all. Tow's my 2010 Challenger 570, with ease.
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