The Vauxhall Viva slots in right at the bottom of the Vauxhall range as its smallest car, below the Corsa supermini and Astra hatchback. It may get its name from a Vauxhall saloon car of the 1960s, but today's Viva is a thoroughly conventional city car.
There’s a fair amount of competition in the city car segment, with the Hyundai i10 leading the pack in the Viva’s price bracket, while the Skoda Citigo and Seat Mii also do well in the class. Those with a little more cash can also go for the Volkswagen Up.
Here are the five reasons we think a Vauxhall Viva deserves a look.
5 reasons to buy a Vauxhall Viva
5. Ride comfort
Around town, the Viva rides comfortably over scarred urban streets. Take it to a faster road and there’s a satisfying amount of grip, and a tolerable amount of body lean.
4. Buying & Owning
Decent fuel economy is a key strength in the city car segment, and the Viva doesn’t disappoint, achieving a True MPG figure of 48.9mpg in non-Ecoflex guise. Buying prices are low for the entry-level car, but it doesn’t come with air-con. Go for the next trim up.
With quiet engines, low wind and road noise at lower speeds and only a little vibration through the steering wheel, the Viva is one of the more hushed cars in its market.
2. Behind the wheel
The decent placement of the pedals and seat adjustment means it’s easy to get comfortable, although steering wheel reach adjustment is a disappointing omission. The dashboard is nicely laid out, but don’t try and use the Intellilink touchscreen on the go – it’s a bit tricky.
In a small car, you want to feel safe, and the Viva includes lots of safety technology to ensure exactly that, including lane-keeping assist – unusual for a city car – six airbags, stability control and tyre pressure monitoring.
What about buying used?
The Viva is a fairly new car, but there are some decent examples on the used market. However, due to its age, there won’t be many for lower-end budgets.
Used Vivas cost from around £6500 for SE-spec cars that have done up to 10,000 miles. SL-spec cars cost around £7000.
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