I am currently an Astra SRi driver (and member on astraownersnetwork.co.uk) but expect within the next few months to become the proud owner of a 2008 or 2007 Vectra-C Estate. Not found one yet but busy searching for the right deal...
I have many questions but there is one that I do not seem to be able to find a straight answer to. The usual websites havent helped so far…
In short, I can see the cosmetic differences between the base models of the Veccy and e.g. the SRi version but I would like to know whether the difference is more than just skin deep. The SRi astra is a very different drive to the standard astra as it has uprated suspension and a close ratio gear box etc but having only ever driven the SRi vectra estate and given that the base models of the vectra seem to have the same BHP etc I was wondering whether the SRi badge with the vectra bought more than just added creature comforts and alloy wheels. Does the SRi vectra have a different ride? Or different ratios in the gear box? Are there any other notable differences that the websites do not list? (I know the base models lack trip computer, fog lights, alloys, traction control etc).
I have done a bit of searching on this forum which has helped quite a bit (thanks!) and so I think the answer to my question is that the differences are purely cosmetic.. Which would mean that I would have to decide whether my already overstretched wallet could justify the added expense for the SRI (and what is clearly a better looking motor!)
Thanks in advance!