What is it?
Vauxhall’s new 4x4. The Antara arrives on the scene a full three years after the Frontera disappeared from dealers’ forecourts, but it’s not exactly a direct replacement.
The Antara is very much a soft-roader – Vauxhall says it’s in the ‘fun and fashion’ 4x4 segment. And that means that, most of the time, the Antara isn’t even four-wheel-drive; it’s front-drive, but an electro-hydraulic diff can divert up to 50 per cent of the power to the back wheels as necessary.
You may spot that the Antara looks a bit like the new Chevrolet Captiva. It is; the cars are siblings, but the Vauxhall has no seven-seat option. It’s also got a different interior and exterior, in fact, Vauxhall says that the only shared exterior piece is the windscreen.
There are two engines available: a 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol (only available in base E trim and with a manual gearbox) and a 2.0-litre diesel, with either a five-speed auto or five-speed manual. It’s the auto diesel we’ve tested here, in mid-spec S trim.
What’s it like?
Not bad at all. To our eyes it’s better looking than the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V, and the cabin quality is good. The stylish dash is far removed from the Captiva’s Lexus copy, and equipment levels are pretty high.