Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Vauxhall Antara Se 2.2cdti

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Vauxhall Antara Se 2.2cdti

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Byline: PETER KEENAN

MAKEOVERS, revamps and facelifts can be fraught affairs, with the results not always to the liking of those on the end of them.

Vauxhall has taken great care with the Antara to ensure its sport utility vehicle hasn't ended up with the motoring equivalent of a trout pout.

Extensive changes to the model have left it with a stylish exterior look, high-efficiency engines, an enhanced chassis, upgraded interior and an electronically controlled allwheel drive.

The SE model I drove may look a shade expensive at pounds 25,000-plus, but for that you get a host of goodies including a neat satellite navigation system, plus leather trim, cruise control and parking sensors.

The entry-level model comes in at under pounds 20,000, which equates to a lot of car and an excellent warranty for the money if you can do without the more expensive mod cons.

Power in the latest Antara is provided by a new engine range that includes the top-ofthe-line 2.2-litre diesel.

It is a sprightly beast that propels the Antara from 0-60mph in 8.6 seconds - pretty rapid progress for a sport utility vehicle. Drive it normally though, without a heavy right foot on the accelerator, and this oil burner is relatively wallet-friendly returning an average fuel consumption figure of about 40mpg.

The ride is smooth if a touch bouncy and the Antara handles well on all types of roads thanks to a newly-tuned chassis.

The clever all-wheel drive system ensures a confidence-inducing amount of grip. Under normal conditions the engine drives the front wheels but when the weather or road surface deteriorates this is picked up and power is seamlessly redistributed as required. Depending on the driving situation and outside conditions, the power distribution range spans from 100% front-wheel drive to 50% on both front and rear axles. …

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