Vauxhall has given its Antara off-roader a thorough makeover – and introduced a price-dropping two-wheel-drive version that goes on sale for below £20,000.

New models have a redesigned grille and new Griffin logo while SE models get fog lamps finished with chrome surrounds. New rear lamsp made the vehicle look tougher, as do new 19in alloy wheels (standard on the SE). The cabin gains a changed centre console, giving extra storage, while new materials cover the dash. The instrument graphics and cabin lighting are updated, too, while the car also gains an electric parking brake.

The chassis is reworked, too, using revised spring and damper settings to improve the Antara’s on- and off-road performance. As before, four-wheel drive versions sent power to the front wheels only for most of the time but divert it also to the rear wheels when needed.

Meanwhile, a range or revised engines offer improved fuel consumption and reduced CO2 emissions. There is also a newly developed turbodiesel that produces 160bhp or 181bhp, depending on the model you choose.

The new entry model of the range, the two-wheel-drive 2.2 161bhp turbodiesel Exclusiv, now costs £19,995, a price cut of £2835 over the previous model.

Stephen Jury


November 26, 2010