Long term tests

Vauxhall Vectra VXR

Serious mileage this month and the Vectra VXR coped admirably

Vauxhall Vectra VXR

After its journey to Germany last month, as well as constant use on photo-shoots, several trips to airports and various load-lugging duties for which you’d normally hire a Transit, it was time for the VXR’s first service, which came in at a fairly hefty £219.40.

The staff at my local dealership told me it was the first one they’d seen, which didn’t surprise me – I’ve seen only one other Vectra VXR on the road and that was the saloon. It appears that people are all too quick to dismiss this car – as I admit I was at first – but that’s a mistake. Just lately ‘the Grifter’ has really shone.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to have every issue of evo delivered straight to you. You'll SAVE 39% on the shop price, and get evo for its original cover price for a whole year!

It’s done some serious mileage this month, in fact the most I can remember of any car on evo’s Fast Fleet. Around 2500 of them were in one week alone, following the year’s best cars on eCoty… but more on that next time.

Running Costs

Date acquiredJune 2007
Total mileage16,432
Costs this month£219.40
Mileage this month5563
MPG this month21.8

Most Popular

Hyundai i20 N revealed – 200bhp supermini ready for some Ford Fiesta ST baiting
Hyundai i20 hatchback

Hyundai i20 N revealed – 200bhp supermini ready for some Ford Fiesta ST baiting

Long-awaited second N division model set to shake up the junior hot hatch establishment
20 Oct 2020
£153,000 ​Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA enters final stages of development
Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

£153,000 ​Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA enters final stages of development

Alfa Romeo has put its F1 drivers behind the wheel of the Giulia GTA and GTAm ahead of production in 2021
20 Oct 2020
Volkswagen Golf GTI 2020 review – eight generations new, the GTI still has the goods
Volkswagen Golf GTI

Volkswagen Golf GTI 2020 review – eight generations new, the GTI still has the goods

A very good hot hatch, but a great Golf GTI, the new mk8 excels where required to form a very desirable offering
19 Oct 2020
SSC Tuatara hypercar hits 331mph, making it the world’s fastest production car
News

SSC Tuatara hypercar hits 331mph, making it the world’s fastest production car

Over a decade after SSC last entered the record books, its Tuatara has claimed the title of world’s fastest production car
19 Oct 2020