An­tara prices cut to fend off the com­pe­ti­tion

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE - Fred­eric Manby fred­eric.manby@ypn.co.uk

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.

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