Whether you want a large car to the daily school run with or a nippy little runaround for your daily commute, I think it's worth looking at getting a Vauxhall. The manufacturer has long been one of the most popular car brands in the UK, so I'm pretty certain that whatever your budget or requirements you can find something that's right for you.
Even if you've never owned or driven a Vauxhall, it's quite likely that you're already familiar with some of the company's leading models, including the Corsa and Zafira. Of course, if you're considering buying a car - whether you're already a Vauxhall driver or planning on becoming one for the first time - you should do plenty of research before you part with any money.
To help you buy the right model for you - whether you're looking to get a second-hand Vauxhall car from an auction or fancy a brand-new motor - here is some more information about three of the firm's most popular makes.
A Corsa can be a great choice if you only want a compact car and/or have a fairly tight budget to work with. However, while these models can certainly be a cost-effective choice I think it'd be a mistake to believe they don't offer much in terms of performance or luxury features.
Indeed, if you choose the SE you can make use of front fog lights and cruise control, while the 16 inch alloy wheels are bound to capture the gaze of everyone you pass on the street.
Alternatively, you could go for the SXI. By doing so, you can take advantage of an even greater array of high-quality amenities, including tinted windows, sports-style front seats and a chrome-effect exhaust, and both three and five-door versions are available.
If you've got a big family, however, I think it's worth looking at the Zafira. Introduced in 1999, these large cars are perfect for doing the school run and are capable of seating up to seven people.
Like the Corsa, a variety of trims are offered, with the entry-level Exclusiv enabling you to make use of steering wheel-mounted audio controls and electrically-heated door mirrors, among other features. You'll also find an emergency tyre inflation kit (although this is in lieu of a spare wheel and tyre) which is certain to come in useful in the event you run into trouble when on the road.
Whichever Zafira you choose, you should bear in mind they all feature Vauxhall's patented Flex7 seating technology, which enables you to arrange the seats into a number of different configurations, including the ability to fold them down. This feature can be particularly useful if you need extra storage space after doing the weekly supermarket shop.
Alternatively, you could go for the Design model. The petrol version of this car comes in 1.6 and 1.8 l engine sizes, while the diesel variant provides you with a six-speed 1.7 l engine. In choosing this model, you can make use of an electronic climate control system, rain-sensitive windscreen wipers and alloy-effect roof rails.
Last, but definitely not least, the Vectra is a great car to drive. Available in hatchback, estate and saloon versions, I don't think you'll struggle to find a model that's right for you.
By choosing the 1.9 l CDTi trim of the estate variant, however, you will have a car that comes with cruise control, air conditioning and 17 inch alloy wheels. Other features include electric power steering and a hidden exhaust pipe, while it is capable of reaching a maximum speed of 130 mph.
Whether you're after a Corsa, Vectra, Zafira or another Vauxhall, please leave a comment and let us know what you want from the next car you buy!
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