Last Chance To Buy: Vauxhall VX220

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Vauxhall has given up on the VX220, arguably one of the best cars to have its distinctive Griffin badge on the front in the past 30 years. Hurry while stocks last.

What's good about it?

It's really a Lotus Elise, built on the Lotus production line, but cheaper, which is certainly the case on the used market. Plus the VX has a great engine. The 2.0-litre turbocharged unit tugs the lightweight body along so that it gets to 60mph in less than 5 seconds. Even so, you will get about 30mpg, which is pretty good for a vehicle that delivers almost supercar handling and performance. The refinement levels are pretty good for what is a no-nonsense sports car.

What's bad about it?

To be honest, there is virtually nothing bad. If you are going to be picky, you would say it has the wrong badge. Though Vauxhall has an illustrious racing history, it is not a name to conjure with. Many buyers would prefer the badge of Formula One constructor on the front (Lotus).

How much?

The best deals are on dealer demonstrators and cars that are several months old. The new Turbo costs almost £27K new. Vauxhall dealer Pentagon (0800 085 72 96) offered a pre-registered example at £25,175.

Any snags?

Not really.

Fact file

Launched: 2002

Engine: 2.2, 2.0 Turbo

Performance: 2.0 top speed 151mph 0-60 4.7 seconds

Economy: 33.2 mpg

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