The Vauxhall Tigra is a convertible promising not just sharp looks in its design, but also a fuel economic engine and low running costs that make it a long-term investment. Other handy features of the Tigra include its neat metal folding roof that adds a stylish touch once folded down. The vehicle is also known to be quiet along the road. But the Tigra does have its setbacks, such as its dated interior and its poor refinement while driving. Read on to find out if the Vauxhall Tigra is good value for money and worth the investment for your daily transport needs.
Only two engines were first available when the Tigra was released in 2004: the 1.4-litre at 90bhp and the 1.8-litre at 125 bhp, both of which are petrol units. The former unit takes about 12 seconds to accelerate to 60mph from standstill, while the latter is more powerful and takes just 9 seconds. The more recent engine upgrade is the 1.3 CDTi diesel that was released in 2005; this engine delivers a decent fuel economy at 61mpg but is rather slow in its 15 second mark for a 60mph acceleration.
Turning into corners is no problem on the Tigra and the ride quality generally good along motorway speeds. Since the model is based on the 2000 Corsa, the Tigra is generally easy to drive.
The Tigra is a two-seater that offers enough room for both passengers. Even taller drivers will have no problems settling behind the wheel. Ride quality isn’t too difficult either, assuring both passenger and driver all around comfort, even on long journeys.
Unfortunately the Vauxhall Tigra doesn’t offer much thrills and the steering overly light. Expect little response and feedback—a big disappointment for drivers after that involved form of driving as they shift into different speeds. The vehicle also tends to feel stiff when the roof is pulled down. The body’s rigidity doesn’t give much leeway either for everyday driving.
The downside to the Vauxhall Tigra’s electric roof is its manual state; you’ll have to release two catches in order to put it down. But this electric roof does provide a warmer cabin during winter mornings and additional security thanks to its metal material.
Cabin stowage is limited despite the absence of back seats. The narrow door pockets don’t help either in providing additional space. On the upside, boot space is generous at 440 litres and 70 litres of compartment space is provided for behind the seats. An additional 250 litres is also added once you put down the roof.
Although the controls are neatly laid out on the dashboard, the general look is dated and lacks the luxurious style expected from a convertible. Reach adjustment is also limited on the steering column, so taller drivers will have problems settling into a decent driving position. Seats are also rather firm and may be a cause for some discomfort.
The Vauxhall Tigra generally provides an adequate performance on the road and decent quality in terms of design and interior design. The sun roof has its perks and disadvantages, so it’s a matter of choosing what you’re willing to live with given the Tigra’s various features.
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