A look back at the Vauxhall Omega (1994 – 2003) 0


On paper, the Vauxhall Omega was simply the car that replaced both the Carlton and Senator. But in reality, it was so much more.

Launched in 1994, the Omega turned out to be a highly decent executive car with a highly reasonable price-tag; an effective alternative to both BMW and Audi for senior management to consider.

If that was truly to be the case, to be considered a rightful contender to the establishment, it had to deliver in terms of performance. Replacing two cars was a sizable task, Vauxhall would need to provide a wide variety of engines and plenty of different trim levels. On that front you couldn’t say they didn’t deliver. The Omega came with: 2.0-litre 8v and 16v, 2.5-litre and 3.0-litre V6s and a 2.5-litre diesel from BMW.

It handled superbly too, far better than anyone could have expected. The MV6 – perhaps the sportiest of the options – was incredibly good fun to drive. On the motorway, driving the Omega was a peaceful experience. It could handle itself competently on windy country roads too, taking corners with ease.

It’s true to say the Omega never really got the recognition it deserved; nowadays, even amongst collectors they’re a seldom seen modern classic.

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