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2017 Vauxhall Viva Rocks review - verdict


The Vauxhall Viva has been given an off-road makeover to create the Vauxhall Viva Rocks. Is it now a class-leading small SUV?

Words ByDoug Revolta

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Viva Rocks

The Viva makes most sense the cheaper you keep it, so the range-topping Viva Rocks is difficult to recommend, especially because it gets less equipment than a standard Viva in a cheaper trim.

If you're after a quirky small car with a hint of SUV about it, we’d recommend opting for the Ignis, which is much more entertaining to drive, has a far better engine and is more practical to boot.

What Car? says...

Rated 2 out of 5

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Vauxhall Viva Rocks

Price Β£11,530 Engine 3cyl, 999cc, petrol Power 74bhp @ 6500rpm Torque 70lb ft @ 4500rpm Gearbox 5-spd manual Kerb weight 939kg 0-62mph 13.1sec Top speed 106mph Economy 60.1mpg (official average) CO2, tax band 106g/km, 20%

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