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Vauxhall Antara (2007): first official pictures

By Jack Carfrae

First Official Pictures

21 February 2007 07:46

Vauxhall Antara: the lowdown

After a few years away from the thriving SUV market, Vauxhall is returning with the new Antara. Priced from £19,850 for the entry-level 2.4, the Antara is pegged slightly above the £17k Nissan X-Trail and £18k Honda CR-V. Rather awkwardly, it’s also around £3000 more than the Chevrolet Captiva, its sister car with which it shares its mechanical gubbins. And the Vauxhall comes with only five seats, whereas the Captiva is available with a family-swallowing seven chairs...

If it’s not the cheapest of the bunch, what’s it got going for it?

Apart from being the new kid on the block, the Antara sports a healthy standard equipment list. The 2.4 E comes with MP3 compatibility, ESP and a hill descent control system. Step up to the 2.0 CDTi SE for DVD sat-nav, a built-in Bluetooth phone kit and an electro-chromatic anti-dazzle rear-view mirror. The SE starts at £26,295 for the manual, and an extra £1400 for the automatic. Generous kit or not, that’s an awful lot of cash for a 2.0-litre diesel Vauxhall.