The Vauxhall Viva is back, entering the crowded city car segment with low prices and plenty of kit
The Vauxhall Viva is the cheapest new Vauxhall you can buy with prices starting at £7,995.
Rivals include the Skoda Citigo, Hyundai i10, Suzuki Celerio and Peugeot 108. Engine and gearbox choice is simple, as there is only one, the normally aspirated 1.0 petrol with 74 bhp with five speed manual box.
The Viva’s suspension has been tweaked for bumpy UK roads and performance is best described as adequate for most situations.
There are two trim levels, the top one being the ‘SL’, differentiated by climate control, USB and Bluetooth, 15" alloys and leather steering wheel. The Viva is well suited to city driving, with decent visibility, light steering and a slick gear change.
Motorways, are not the natural domain of the Viva, with its road noise and a long fifth gear, it may be necessary to change down for hills.
In terms of practicality, it is capable of seating five adults with the high roofline it has adequate rear headroom. There is quite a lot of rear legroom, but this is at the expense of the meagre 206 litres boot space. This can be transformed to a class leading 1013 litres with the seats folded.
Ideally suited to city driving, but not as much fun as the numbers might suggest.
Competitive prices, stylish, decent kit list, spacious considering external dimensions