Nov 23, 2002
Reviewed By Keith Martin
Price as Tested $32,500
Likes

190-horsepower turbocharged 2-liter engine, 130 mph top speed; Recaro front seats; four-wheel disc brakes; DVD player with wireless headphones; ingenious seven-seat capacity; excellent and easy-to-use navigation system; DSA sport suspension with Electronic Stability Control; great seating position for driver.

Dislikes

Can’t get one in the US.

Verdict

We put 2,000 miles on an Opel Vectra OPC (Opel Performance Concept) minivan while in Europe last summer. On the winding road to Gstaad, drivers of 5-series BMWs hung their heads in shame as we blew by them. The Vectra was stable on the freeways at constant speeds well in excess of 110 mph, and returned over 25 mpg even with our less-than-Mobile-Economy-Run style of driving. It’s a shame that American drivers equate minivan with Jimmy the Walrus when it comes to handling—the Vectra OPC proves you can have it all, if all means a passel of kids and a high-performance driving experience as well.

Fun to Drive
5.0 rating
Fun to Look at
3.0 rating
Overall Experience
5.0 rating
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