The Vauxhall Viva is easy to drive in town and comfortable enough, but it does little to stand out against the best city carsget the best price
The range-topping Rocks model gets a raised ride height (by 18mm) but no extra equipment and a steep price tag. Unless you're desperate for the mild off-road styling, it’s difficult to recommend over the lesser trims.
The Viva’s 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine revs smoothly and delivers its power progressively, so it's perfectly acceptable around town. Get onto faster roads, though, and you’ll need to change down a couple of gears and rev it hard if you want even a moderate burst of acceleration. The Kia Picanto 1.25 and VW Up 1.0 TSI 90 offer much more relaxed acceleration and struggle less up inclines.