Antara prices cut to fend off the competition
THE white winter has got off to an early start and more of us will be wondering about letting the 4x4 in from the chilly social exclusion zone. Vauxhall’s Antara became more interesting this week with news that the entry model in the revised range was almost £3,000 less than a month ago. Tough if you bought then. Today, £19,995 buys the 2.2 Exclusiv (sic) diesel but note that this version is front wheel drive, so you will need snow tyres to make headway in the white stuff. (Note, also, that Vauxhall’s GM partner, Chevrolet,sells its own version, the Captiva at £19,145 with a 2.4 petrol engine). Antara’s 4x4 offerings begin at £22,345 with a revised 160.7bhp diesel, or with automatic gears and 4x4, from £23,795. They run in front-wheel-drive, for economy, with the rear wheels engaging automatically in slippery going. Both Antara and Captiva are made to a price/quality standard in South Korea, and you are not in Land Rover Freelander levels of poshness. (Prices for the Halewood product open at £21,695) The other street rivals are the all-new Kia Sportage and Hyundai ix35, also sharing South Korean parentage. They are five inches shorter but have a catalogue price advantage – hence the Vauxhall price cut.