There are cheaper city cars (the Suzuki Celerio and Skoda Citigo, for example), but discounts are available. PCP finance deals aren’t particularly enticing, though, with some better rivals available for smaller monthly payments. On top of that, the Viva’s engine isn’t particularly fuel-efficient.
Safety could also be better, because the Viva scored just three stars out of five when tested by Euro NCAP. The Kia Picanto scored far better marks for adult and child occupant protection, even if not quite as well on pedestrain safety. Lane departure warning is a relatively cheap option, which is rare in this class, but there's no automatic emergency braking – even on the options list.
Entry-level SE models come with cruise control, electric front windows, heated mirrors and foglights as standard. However, we'd recommend upping to mid-spec SE Nav to get air conditioning and that 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system.
SL trim gets you a few luxuries, including 15in alloys, climate control and a leather-wrapped steering wheel, but you'll still have to pay for the touchscreen. Meanwhile, the range-topping Rocks model adds plenty of styling enhancements and improved ground clearance.
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