Space & practicality

Vauxhall Viva review

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

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Space & practicality

How it copes with people and clutter

There’s plenty of room up front and the five-door-only layout means access to the rear is decent. Most adults shorter than six foot will have enough room in the back on shorter journeys, although not as much head room as they would have in a Hyundai i10 or Kia Picanto. For a city car with really good rear space, you should check out the Suzuki Ignis.

The Viva has one of the smallest boots in the class; there's space only for three carry-on suitcases. You'll fit more luggage in, say, the i10 or Ignis.

You do get 60/40 split-folding rear seats as standard but, unlike most cars in this class, you have to lift up the rear-seat squabs and remove the rear headrests before you can lay them flat. This is a right pain and, even after doing that, if the front seats are set back to accommodate taller adults there’s still not enough room for the rear seats go down fully.

Vauxhall Viva rear seats
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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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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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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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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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