The original Vauxhall Viva, which first went on sale in 1963, was marketed as a practical and affordable small car.
Now, five decades on, the Viva name is back, on an five-door city car with a different advertising slogan. “Just like the old Viva, but completely different,” Vauxhall says, with the new Viva seemingly keeping the same ethos of the old model but revamped for the modern day.
It’s claimed to be well equipped, easy to drive and ideal for everyday use, but it faces stiff competition from the likes of the Hyundai i10, Kia Picanto and Suzuki Ignis.
The Viva is powered by a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine and buyers can pick from four trim levels, SE, SE Nav and SL. There’s also a range-topping Rocks model, which brings a light off-road-style makeover.
So, does the Viva do enough to stand out in a competitive class? Read on to find out.