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Just wanted to say hi to what looks like a forming of a really interesting forum! Purchased a brand new Antara Exclusiv 163 FWD last month and have been mega chuffed with it. It is our first SUV and first became interested in the car after seeing it on a forecourt while visiting a local Homebase. Were impressed by the sheer beauty of the car (wife loved the mean looks) and when investigating further could not believe I hadn't ever noticed this model of car before. We were looking to buy an SUV at some stage and were really impressed with the looks, quality, price, 0%, warranty and fact you were not trapped into a PCP deal! Then reality hit. Average/poor magazine reviews. The Antara was obviously a waste of money! We then looked at Kugas, Freelanders, Santa Feys, Sportages, Outlanders, Qashcows, and even a Duster! The truth was that none of these cars (Despite how much more modern inside) really outshone against the so called poorly rated Antara. So we gave the car another chance, took a risk and after 1 month of fantastic motoring have not regretted it for one minute! We pushed for a good deal, got reversing sensors thrown into the deal and it is now sitting proudly (albeit slightly dirty) on our drive. Look forward to getting to know the guys on here and having many more miles of SUV motoring!
 

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Howdy to you too rpdavic.
I am pleased you are "mega chuffed" with the Antara and could not agree more with your sentiments. I think it is a great vehicle and, as you say, it looks the part too.

I have had mine since September and have no complaints whatsoever. My wife too loves the car but she learnt to drive on a Defender so anything less thana T2tankis comfortable to drive after that. (I have to admit that I loved the Defender too but that was in another life in Africa). My sons love it too, even the biggest of the three who claims he is comfortable in the back and he is 6' 3".

IMHO, all this just goes to show the lack of competence of motoring journalists who have given the Antara the average to poor ratings, or maybe they are just out of touch with what the man on the street feels and needs?

I am looking forward to many interesting posts so that when not driving the Antara I can, at least, read about it.
 
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