With the growing trend of the roadster, GM followed Toyota’s lead and cut the top off the latest version of a popular small coupe. The Vauxhall Tigra Twintop is a fun little sports car. Vauxhall/Opel took their time to develop this car and it seems time well spent. Unlike the old Tigra which looked like a coupe but drove like the Corsa hatchback it was based on, this model has a more sporting drive. It is still not as fun to drive as it looks, but the Vauxhall Tigra Twintop is great value, and both practical and economical to own.
The ride is reasonably refined for a small convertible and for a small car the luggage space is good even when the roof is down. The interior comes straight out of the Corsa Hatchback and comes as a disappointment after looking at the exterior styling. With competition from the more fashionable Mini, the Tigra struggled to make a big impact on the ‘fun car’ market.
The Tigra was sold as a Vauxhall in the UK, Opel in Europe and with a Holden badge in Austrailia.
The Tigra Twintop's smart looks are let down by this 1.4 litre engine which doesn't really have enough puff to do anything else but potter to the shops and back. Not one for the enthusiastic driver. The 1.8 is the only model with enough power to make driving enjoyable but even that is far from sporting.
The Tigra Twintop 1.8 is the choice of the range but only by default in a range of dated feeling engines, the others being disappointingly slow. It has just enough power to raise a smile but still struggles a bit with overtaking. For a car of this size the fuel economy could also be better. A pity really beacuse the Tigra is an attractive car.
The 1.3 diesel engine isn't the best choice for the Tigra Twintop unless your only priority is fuel economy. The CDTi is slow and noisey with little to mark in its favour except for the 61 miles it can drive on a gallon of fuel.