If you’re looking for a small off-roader which is well-built and good value for money then the Antara is worth a look in. The 2.0-litre diesel engine fitted to the earlier version isn’t very refined or frugal so you may be better going for the facelifted model which gets a new range of engines and arrived early 2011.
It certainly looks the part and it’s by no means a bad car, but the Antara doesn’t offer much over key rivals, like the Land Rover Freelander and Honda CR-V, in any area.
It’s neat styling, decent equipment levels and modern cabin give it plenty of appeal but unfortunately the Antara lags behind other similar off roaders in too many key areas.
The Vauxhall Antara jumps on the crossover bandwagon with nothing to distinguish it, although it’s basically competent.
The Vauxhall is quite upmarket – a deliberate attempt to distance itself from the Chevy Captiva – but doesn’t have a wide enough range of abilities.