Vauxhall Viva review

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21 Dec 2017 16:29 | Last updated: 19 Sep 2018 08:54

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The original Vauxhall Viva, which went on sale way back in 1963, was marketed as a practical and affordable small car.

Now, five decades on, the Viva name is back on a five-door city car. “Just like the old Viva, but completely different," says the advertising slogan. The message being that this is a car with the same ethos of the original but revamped for the modern day.

The Viva is claimed to be well equipped, easy to drive and ideal for urban use, but it faces stiff competition from the likes of the Hyundai i10Kia Picanto and Suzuki Celerio.

The Viva is powered by a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine and buyers can pick from SE, SE Nav and SL trims. 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 this competitive class? We'll tell you all you need to know over the next few pages. And when you've ruminated and feel ready to buy, head over to our New Car Buyer page for the very best deals in town.

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There are 4 trims available for the Viva hatchback. Click to see details.See all versions
SL
This gets you Vauxhall’s OnStar in-car concierge service, as well as climate control and 15in alloy wheels. You still need to pay extra for the touchscreen infotainment system, though, so SL trim d...View trim
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SE Nav
Our pick of the range. As the name suggests, this adds sat-nav and a 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system to everything you get with SE trim. It also adds all-important air conditioning...View trim
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Rocks
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 ov...View trim
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SE
This entry-level trim is sparsely equipped. Among the limited features are cruise control, Bluetooth and a USB port, although if you want Vauxhall’s touchscreen infotainment system with a DAB radio...View trim
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