Built by Adam Opel Auto Group, the Opel Antara is a compact sport utility vehicle which first went into production in 2006. Adam Opel Auto Group is a subsidiary of American automaker General Motors, which based in Russelsheim, Hesse, Germany. The company began as a sewing machine maker in 1862 and moved to producing bicycles in 1886. It was not before1899 that the company started thinking on the lines of producing cars. General Motors has a controlling interest in Opel since 1931.
The Antara is a four-door SUV that holds up to five passengers. In 2010 the car received a redesigned front end as well as a specious interior, adding more storage space. The car was sold in North America as the Saturn Vue but that ended with the closing of Saturn in 2010. The car is closely related to the Chevrolet Captiva.
Among other cars in its class and price range, the Opel Antara seems to be just mediocre. The car is good for city driving, but doesn’t handle well on winding roads and longer trips. Antara is comfortable inside, and is full of great features. Noisy diesel engine and the fact that its off-roading capabilities leave a lot to be desire, are the two single-most complains with this sport utility.
A new Opel Antara costs between $31,800.00 and $45,900.00 US dollars, depending on added features. A pre-owned vehicle can run anywhere from $5,500.00 to $26,600.00 US dollars depending on model year, mileage, and running condition.
Engine options for the second generation Antara include 2.4L Ecotec Inline-4 and a 2.2L VCDi turbocharged Inline-4 diesel.
Transmission options for the Antara include a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic.
Size and Space Options
The Antara seats up to five passengers and provides excellent head and leg room. There is less cargo space than in other cars in the same class. The rear seat folds down for additional space.
Control Panel and Display
The instrumentation is user-friendly with fuel gauge, speedometer, and odometer. There is a Touch and Go media center and driver controls on the steering wheel for audio, cruise control, and climate control.
Seats are upholstered in soft cloth and are pretty generous in size. The cabin offers unmatched climate control for passenger comfort.
The Antara is a well-priced car that is available in most markets– both new and pre-owned.
The car comes with a standard anti-theft alarm system and remote keyless entry.
Standard safety features offered by the car include seatbelts, anti-lock brakes, airbags, child seat anchor, central locking, traction control, automatic xenon headlights and windshield wipers, tire pressure monitoring system, descent control, and hill assist.
Interior features that comes pre-fitted in the car include rear privacy glass, heated front seats, air conditioning, stereo with CD player and MP3 compatibility, cruise control, heat reflective windshield, adjustable driver’s seat, power windows and locks, and navigation.
Exterior features that Opel Antara boasts of include power side mirrors, roof rails, bike rack that slides out from cargo area, fog lamps, 17-inch alloy wheels, and body color bumpers.
Accessories available with the car include leather seats, digital radio conversion kit, parking sensors, aluminum roof carrier, ski racks, roof boxes, cargo organizers, floor mats, and mud flaps.
The car is fairly well-built but has loads of standard features that make it comfortable and practical.
The Antara is a sporty SUV and good family car, though its off-roading capabilities leave a lot to be desired.
Overall, the car offers a good value for the price. Plus, the fuel efficiency will help you save money at the gas pump.
The Opel Antara is a decent car for the money. The drive is smooth but better left for city driving as opposed to long road trips. It makes for a good family car, although there are other cars in the same class that offer a more powerful powertrain.