28 Sep: Vauxhall Combo Life

… Vauxhall Combo Life 1.5TD … Here’s a question. Define the term ‘family car’. What exactly is a ‘family car’? There are so many categories these days that some vehicles fall into not just one or two categories, but three or four, and the poor great British public has to […] Read more »

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12 Sep: Vauxhall Insignia GSi

… Vauxhall Insignia GSi Sports Tourer BiTurbo D 4×4… For the ‘badge-snob’ car buying punters, Vauxhall’s Insignia may well be overlooked as they trek round the Teutonic offerings on various forecourts and the increasingly popular big cat saloons from Castle Bromwich. That is their loss. The Vauxhall Insignia GSi Sports […] Read more »

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20 Feb: Vauxhall Grandland X

… Vauxhall Grandland X … Although the Grandland X is Vauxhall’s biggest SUV it won’t rival the bulk of the bigger Jags, BMWs and Audis. This is more of a mid-range vehicle and should be compared to the likes of the Nissan Qashqai, Ford Kuga and Kia Sportage among others […] Read more »

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21 Sep: Vauxhall Insigna SRi

… Vauxhall Insigna SRi … You know that old saying that goes something like this – “he could start an argument in an empty room?” Well, you can now start an argument in an empty car. Don’t get me wrong, the brand new Vauxhall Insignia is a cracking car for […] Read more »

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19 Jul: Vauxhall Astra Tourer

… Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer 1.0 SRi Nav … ou have to wonder about the logic behind the idea of putting a small, 1 litre, three cylinder engine into an estate car body. It’s only got 105 bhp to lug along the excessive tinwork and glazing, so you’d think it […] Read more »

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31 Aug: Vauxhall Corsa VXR

… Vauxhall Corsa VXR … The Vauxhall Corsa VXR is most certainly a ‘hoot hatch’. No, that’s not a typo or a spelling mistake, this hot hatch is a hoot to drive. Developing 202bhp from its 1.6 litre turbocharged petrol engine in a car weighing 1.7 tonnes, there’s plenty to […] Read more »

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21 Aug: Vauxhall Viva

… Vauxhall Viva SE … When I heard Vauxhall was planning to bring back the Viva, it conjured up mixed memories. The original Viva HA had all the stylistic panache of an ex-shoebox designer’s first attempt at automotive family transport. To be fair, fifty years ago priorities were different and […] Read more »

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12 Jun: Vauxhall Adam JAM 1.2i

I’m still undecided about the Vauxhall Adam. Unlike Fiat and MINI, Vauxhall didn’t previously have a highly successful and fashionable city car. The Nova was too plain and practical to be considered funky and the Agila looked like it had been carved out of a school canteen traybake. In other […] Read more »

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11 Jan: Vauxhall Insignia BiTurbo 4×4

On first impression, it would appear that Vauxhall have tried to pitch their top of the range Insignia into prestige car territory, up against other top Brits and Germans. And whilst it looks the part and carries the kit well, methinks they have tried too hard. The Insignia SRi BiTurbo […] Read more »

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Vauxhall Astra GTC SRi ….

I’’m no fan of the new Vauxhall Astra shape, much preferring the sharper lines of the previous model. A bit like me perhaps, the once-svelte figure now replaced by a more pie-enriched outline – but still game for a gurry on a quiet stretch of road. And that was the […] Read more »

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