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Car reviews - Holden - Vectra - GL 5-dr wagon

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10 May 2001

The rear seats are split 60/40

The windscreen wipers are road-speed sensitive

A driver-side airbag and seatbelt pretensioners are standard on GL models. A passenger airbag is optional

Remote central locking and an engine immobiliser are standard

The GL sedan and wagon feature a 2.2-litre engine delivering 104kW at 5200rpm and 200Nm at 4000rpm

The 2.2-litre four uses twin counter-rotating balance shafts

Ninety per cent of the four-cylinder engine's torque is produced between 2000rpm and 5600rpm

The engine mates to either a five-speed manual or an electronically-controlled four-speed automatic gearbox

The automatic has a choice of normal, sport or winter modes. In the winter setting, the car starts in second gear to limit wheelspin

Anti-lock brakes and traction control are optional on the GL

Holden has improved the dust sealing for local conditions

The car's MacPherson strut front suspension is mounted on a subframe

The rear suspension is a multi-link setup with single trailing arms located by upper and lower transverse links

Holden engineers altered the spring and damper rates to suit our roads

Australian-developed Bridgestone tyres reduce road noise on coarse chip surfaces

A 60-litre driver's airbag is standard on all models

Vectra's security system features remote central locking with rolling security code, a deadlock facility, electronic vehicle immobiliser and PIN sound system protection

All Vectra models use a Blaupunkt stereo electronic radio/cassette system

Lap/sash centre rear seatbelts are standard across the range

The wagon offers a fully carpeted load area of 460 litres or 1490 litres with the split/fold rear seats folded down

The wagon is equipped with a retractable cargo blind, integrated roof rails and underfloor storage compartments

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