The price of the entry-level Viva SE is temptingly low, but after you’ve added the essential bits of equipment (such as air-con) it’s a bit more expensive than the equivalent Suzuki Celerio. It is competitively priced next to a Skoda Citigo, however. The Viva’s monthly costs look a little high if you take out a PCP contract, but the non-Ecoflex model achieved a solid 48.9mpg in our real-world True MPG economy tests, and servicing bills will be small, so it shouldn’t cost much to run.
Vauxhall Viva quality & reliability
Budget cars don’t get – or need – plush interiors, but by the standards of the cars in the Viva’s price range, it offers good perceived quality with a decent blend of materials. It feels generally well put together, too. It’s hard to judge reliability because there’s little historical data on this car and this engine, but Vauxhall as a brand finished mid-table in the latest What Car? reliability survey. A three-year/60,000-mile warranty is standard.
Vauxhall Viva safety & security
Despite being such a small car, the Viva comes with some big-car safety features. Chief of these is lane-keeping assist, which is unusual in the city car class. Every Viva also gets six airbags, stability control and tyre pressure monitoring, although you have to pay a small amount to add a space-saver spare wheel (a tyre-inflation kit is standard). Remote central locking, an alarm and an engine immobiliser are standard across the range.