New Vauxhall Antara on sale now

Vauxhall’s only SUV has received styling, engineering and engine updates for 2011 comes in both front-wheel and all-wheel drive.

The exterior has been given a complete overhaul, including a new front grille incorporating Vauxhall’s updated Griffin logo and 17, 18 or 19" alloy wheels.

Inside, the upholstery and materials are higher quality to place the Vauxhall range above the more budget Chevrolet sister-brand.

Vauxhall has focused on improving all aspects of the Antara for 2011, starting with a new chassis designed to increase comfort when driving the vehicle.

The power steering has also been tweaked to make it more involving and responsive, while a range of new, more frugal and cleaner engines has been added to the SUV.

These include a choice of two 2.2-litre CDTi 16V engines in 163PS and 184Ps derivations. The more powerful of the two is available only on the top level SE specification, while both are offered with the only other trim level, the entry-level Exclusiv.

In 4×4 versions, a choice of manual or automatic gearbox is available. The single front-wheel drive option is offered with the 163Ps engine and a manual transmission.

All models come with Electronic Stability Control, Hill Start Assist, Descent Control System and a tyre pressure monitoring system to improve safety in the Antara.

The Antara comes with cruise control, heated front seats, parking assist, dark tinted rear windows and climate control as standard.

The SE trim adds chrome exhaust and door handles, rain sensing wipers, xenon headlamps and leather seat facings to the standard specification.

Entry-level Exclusiv models start from £19,995 for the front-wheel drive model. The Vauxhall Antara with four-wheel drive starts from £22,345 for the 163Ps version, while Antara SE 184Ps models start from £25,455.