This Vauxhall Viva includes alloy wheels, climate control, alarm, traction control, cruise control, cloth seat trim, heated mirrors, cloth seat trim and folding rear seats.
Petrol 61.4 combined MPG
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Dark tinted rear windows, Electric front windows, Heated rear windscreen, Rear wash/wipe
ABS, CBC - (Cornering brake control), EBD + Brake Assist, Emergency brake assist, ESP + traction control, Hill start assist
City assist mode for power steering, Cruise control + speed limiter
Exterior temperature gauge, Lights on warning, Low fuel level warning light, On board computer, Rev counter, Service interval indicator, Vauxhall OnStar emergency assistance
Body colour door mirrors, Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
Chrome instrument dial surround, Dark grey/light grey fascia
4 speakers, Steering wheel mounted audio/cruise controls
Exterior Body Features
Body colour bumpers, Body colour door handles, Chrome effect bar on front grille
Daytime running lights, Front fog lights with chrome surrounds
12V power point front, Chrome gear lever surround, Chrome interior door handles, Front cupholders x 2, Front door pockets, Mondo/Morrocana cloth upholstery, Rake adjustable steering column, Rear cupholder, Rear parcel shelf
Front courtesy lights, Illuminated load area, Instrument panel light dimmer
3x3 point rear seatbelts, Driver/Front Passenger airbags, Front and rear curtain airbags, Front seatbelt pretensioners with force limiters, Front side airbags, Passenger airbag deactivate switch, Rear child proof door locks, Seatbelt warning, Tyre pressure monitor
60/40 split folding rear seat, Height adjustable driver's seat, Height adjustable front/rear head restraints, Isofix system on outer rear seats, Removable rear headrests
Engine immobiliser, Perimeter alarm, Remote central locking
Driver/passenger sunvisors with ticket holders + vanity mirrors
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|Based On ID:||N|
|Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07:||4E|
|Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years:||6|
|Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years:||1|
|NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %:||74|
|NCAP Child Occupant Protection %:||72|
|NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09:||4|
|NCAP Pedestrian Protection %:||68|
|NCAP Safety Assist %:||64|
|Service Interval Frequency - Months:||12|
|Service Interval Mileage:||20000|
|Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage:||60000|
|Standard manufacturers warranty - Years:||3|
|Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months:||60|
|Timing Belt Interval Mileage:||100000|
|Vehicle Homologation Class:||M1|
|Standard Euro Emissions:||EURO 6|
|Cylinders - Bore (mm):||74|
|Cylinders - Stroke (mm):||77.4|
|Engine Layout:||FRONT TRANSVERSE|
|Fuel Delivery:||MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION|
|Number of Valves:||12|
|EC Combined (mpg):||61.4|
|EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies:||True|
|EC Extra Urban (mpg):||70.6|
|EC Urban (mpg):||50.4|
|0 to 60 mph (secs):||True|
|0 to 62 mph (secs):||13.9|
|Engine Power - BHP:||75|
|Engine Power - KW:||55|
|Engine Power - PS:||True|
|Engine Power - RPM:||6500|
|Engine Torque - LBS.FT:||70|
|Engine Torque - MKG:||9.7|
|Engine Torque - NM:||95|
|Engine Torque - RPM:||4500|
|Tyre Size Front:||185/55 R15|
|Tyre Size Rear:||185/55 R15|
|Tyre Size Spare:||TYRE REPAIR KIT|
|Wheel Type:||15" ALLOY|
|Height (including roof rails):||N|
|Width (including mirrors):||1876|
|Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres):||32|
|Gross Vehicle Weight:||1353|
|Luggage Capacity (Seats Down):||1013|
|Luggage Capacity (Seats Up):||206|
|Max. Loading Weight:||489|
|No. of Seats:||5|
|Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb:||10.4|
Vauxhall revives an old favourite nameplate with the Viva, a citycar that's the brand's entry level vehicle. Jonathan Crouch reports.
The Vauxhall Viva is a city runabout that relies on substance to make sales. Is this a risky strategy? Not really. When it comes to the smallest cars, the most practical models make the biggest numbers and this 1.0-litre five-door hatch looks to have all the right objective figures sewn up.
You're probably going to have defining memories of your childhood. One of mine is the black vinyl rear seats of my father's Vauxhall Viva and how they would become hotter than the surface of Venus during summer road trips around Spain. No air con, a rattly old 1.3-litre engine and suspension that owed more to horse and cart tech, that old Viva never let us down. So, if you'll forgive a certain personal indulgence here, it's great to see Vauxhall revive the badge for a new generation. Clearly things have come on a long way since the last Viva rolled off the production line in 1979, after a sixteen-year run. Chevettes and Astras were then the way forward, but there's now space at the foot of Vauxhall's range for the Viva to be reborn as a five-door citycar. Let's take a look at what's in store.
The Viva has been built around Vauxhall's latest 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine. In this guise, it makes 73PS worth of power (or 75PS in Easytronic auto form), which is probably about adequate for a citycar. More engines may be announced in time, but the powerplant requirements for a small city scoot like this are usually quite simple. Models of this sort don't cover enough miles for a diesel engine to be worth fitting and lighter is better if you want the sort of jinky manoeuvrability delivered by the best urban runabouts. This ECOTEC 1.0-litre engine drives the front wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox and the suspension and steering has been optimised for comfort on the sort of pock-marked streets that typify most British cities. Like its bigger brother, the Adam, the Viva gets a 'City' mode that lightens the steering even further to help take the effort out of parking. At the top of the range, there's a Viva Rocks model with suspension raised by 18mm but the driving dynamics are no different.
Vauxhall's previous citycar offering, the Agila, was a model that never really got the credit it deserved, but the Viva has performed much better. The styling is neat and assured, with none of the overtly cutesy flourishes that make certain small cars very gender specific. The Viva could well appeal to lads as well as lasses, with its purposeful front end and signature Z-slash that runs through the door handles in the side swage line, plus there are some neat alloy wheel designs. It's available in ten exterior paint colours with a variety of 14- to 16-inch wheel choices. Designed by Mark Adams' team in Europe, the Viva is built at GM Korea's plant in Changwon and is a sister car to the new generation Chevrolet Spark model that Britain doesn't get. At the top of the range, there's an SUV-style Viva Rocks variant with raised ride height and bespoke bumpers. The interior looks well built and maturity is again a dominating theme. There's a signal lack of over-design, with a simple but classy two-dial instrument cluster, plenty of headroom, a chunky steering wheel and clearly legible minor controls. If you'd prefer something a bit more outre and personalised, then it's simple to step up to the brand's trendier ADAM model, though you'd need a bigger budget to do that. At 3,700mm long, the Viva is marginally longer than a Fiat 500 but has space for five inside (just!) due to a wheelbase that's fully 100mm longer than that of a Peugeot 108.
There's only only a single five-door bodystyle and a single 1.0-litre petrol engine on offer. Prices start at around £10,000, ranging up to around £12,000 - competitive figures for the citycar segment. Still, at least there's a reasonable choice of trim. The VIVA range consists of two main spec levels: SE, and SL which is a trim name carried over from the original Vauxhall Viva. The SL can be had with Easytronic auto transmission. At the top of the range, there's a Viva Rocks model with SUV-like styling aimed at younger buyers. All VIVA trim levels feature a tyre pressure monitoring system, city mode steering, cruise control with speed limiter and front fog lights with cornering function. Safety items include ESP with traction control, cornering brake control, emergency brake assist, straight line stability control and hill start assist. All VIVA models also feature six airbags, AM/FM radio with aux-in and steering wheel controls, electric front windows, electric/heated mirrors and remote central door locking. At the top of the range, SL trim features electronic climate control, Morocanna seat trim, leather steering wheel and 15-inch alloy wheels. Other highlights include six speakers, USB audio connection, Bluetooth music streaming and mobile phone portal. Options available include a Winter Pack (heated seats and steering wheel) and rear parking sensors.
The 1.0-litre engine makes some decent economy figures, recording 56.5mg on the combined cycle and 115g/km of CO2 in manual form. The Easytonic automatic variant improves on that to 62.8mpg and 103g/km. What else? Residuals will probably be par for the course for mainstream-branded models in this class. And insurance is rated at group 4E - the same as most other VIVA models. You'll also need to know that Vauxhall includes a three-year, 60,000 mile warranty as standard, a package that can be extended up to five years and 100,000 miles at extra cost. A year's free breakdown cover is also provided, along with a six-year anti-corrosion guarantee. Service intervals are at 20,000 miles or every 12 months, depending on which comes round sooner and you can opt for a service plan that lets you pay monthly to spread the cost of regular work to your car. As part of this, Vauxhall offers discounts on wear and tear items, such as brake pads and windscreen wipers.
The Vauxhall Viva is clearly taking the softly-softly approach to sales. It's relying on buyers to appreciate its common sense and its no nonsense approach to things. And it's hoping they'll value its maturity and quality over styling gimmicks and marketing stunts. Okay, so the Viva badge unashamedly plunders a bit of retro appeal, but Vauxhall needs this car to be noticed. Ultimately though, the basics just have to be right for a model in this segment. The nation's best-selling citycar is the Hyundai i10, a car that does all the important, sensible things really well. This Viva looks to have been designed to follow suit. Which leaves us with - well what? A British badged car with German heritage from an American company on a car that's screwed together in Korea? It just proves that even with tiny cars, manufacturers have to think big.
Vauxhall's smallest car will make more of an impact than its predecessors. June Neary checks out the VIVA
Vauxhall urgently needs to make a splash in the small car sector. The public at large simply don't register that the British marque if they're looking for something smaller than a supermini. The company has long offered its Agila model in the citycar segment, but that was little more than a re-badged Suzuki Splash. If things were to change, the brand's management decided, then a more competitive car must be offered - and this is it, the VIVA. The name might bring Vauxhalls of yesteryear to mind but in fact, this is very much a design of the General Motors present, built in Korea and designed to offer a more spacious, better-value alternative to the Volkswagen up! and Peugeot 108 models that dominate the citycar segment. I thought I'd try a VIVA for size.
Vauxhall doesn't need to make this model cutsey and cuddly. If that's the kind of thing you want from a citycar, then the brand has its endlessly-personalisable ADAM model to suit. Instead, British designer Mark Adams and his team have decided that this VIVA should be a more sensible proposition, though still a very smartly turned-out one in a practically stylish sort of way, with a neat, precise design philosophy that, unlike some rivals, isn't too gender-specific. The profile is probably its best feature, as usual with modern Vauxhalls featuring this signature lower 'blade' crease that we first saw on the brand's sleek GTC coupe. Two other slashes define the sculpted flanks, running through front and rear door handles to give the shape some interest and attitude. I also like the way that the plastic wheeltrims on this base-spec model have been styled to look like proper alloys, though the real things do add an extra touch of style. Time to take a seat inside. Upfront, the experience is unremarkable, but I was impressed by how much space there was in the rear for this class of car. The VIVA is 140mm longer than something comparable like a Volkswagen up and has over 100mm more wheelbase length than you'd get in a rival like Peugeot's 108. These are differences you notice here. The VIVA's back seat offers enough room for a six-footer to sit behind a similarly-sized driver. I'd want to specify the extra-cost 'FlexConnect' system that clips onto the front seatbacks and gives you attachments that'll hold a flask, a shopping bag or a jacket in place. Plus they'll hold a tablet too, so at minimal cost, you can get yourself what amounts to a rear seat infotainment system to keep the kids quiet if necessary. Talking of kids, equally important for me as a family person is that you get three proper seatbelts in the back - most rivals in this class only provide two. No of course three adults wouldn't want to sit alongside each other for very long, though should that be necessary, the boxy shape's decent levels of headroom will help. The point here though is that a trio of kids could be accommodated if necessary. That feature alone would make me more likely to consider this car.
Cars like this one belong in the city and should be fitted with an engine to match that remit. Not a diesel - buyers wouldn't like the pricier fuel and the more expensive asking price. Not an electric or hybrid unit either: the whole point is that a car of this kind should be really affordable. Instead, what's needed is a petrol engine fast enough to nip through gaps in the traffic, without being needlessly powerful. Given these criteria, I think Vauxhall has pitched things pretty much perfectly in equipping this car with a normally aspirated 75PS version of the high-tech three cylinder 1.0-litre ECOTEC petrol powerplant that's found in turbocharged guise in the brand's Corsa and ADAM models. It doesn't need to be turbocharged here because that kind of performance simply isn't required at this price point. The normally aspirated configuration is quite sufficient and to be frank, I'm a bit fed up with reading copy from spoiled hacks complaining that it doesn't make this VIVA go very fast. The reality is that, as usual, they haven't done their homework. If you're comparing this Vauxhall against the entry-level 1.0-litre citycar models it undercuts on price, then it's actually the fastest car in its class, dealing with the rest to 62mph sprint in 13.1s, en route to 106mph. Yes, there are citycar contenders with more powerful engines that'll take you faster than that in this segment, but they'll cost you up to 30% more than Vauxhall is asking here.
Where once, Vauxhall had its Chevrolet sister brand to compete with the very cheapest offerings in the citycar segment, the company must now alone take on the most affordable models in this sector. Hence tight pricing for this VIVA in the £8,000 to £10,000 bracket, figures that see it offering a saving of around £1,800 over a directly comparable 70PS five-door version of Vauxhall's only slightly larger Corsa supermini. Buying a VIVA should certainly be a pretty straightforward process. There's just one five-door bodystyle and the range was launched with a single 75PS 1.0-litre ECOTEC petrol engine with a choice of manual or 'Easytronic' automatic transmission. The trim structure's simple too. Most will want the base spec which comes in either 'Air Con' or 'ecoFLEX' guises, but if you'd like something a bit nicer, there's a plusher 'SL' option at the top of the range.
This VIVA is the first Vauxhall citycar that I'd be comfortable buying and owning. Okay, so the VIVA badge unashamedly plunders a bit of retro appeal, but Vauxhall needs this car to be noticed. Unlike the company's flashier ADAM small runabout, there are no styling gimmicks or fashionable personalisation options to make it stand out in the showroom. Instead, the Griffin brand is relying on buyers to appreciate this car's common sense and no-nonsense approach to things. And the way that it's been equipped far beyond the level you'd expect it to be for the money. All the ingredients then, seem to be in place for success.
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