Vauxhall Vivaro-e Life review

Category: Electric car

Section: Costs & verdict

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RRP from£37,645
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The Vivaro-e Life is priced slightly higher than the rival Citroën e-SpaceTourer, although it’s worth noting that both also qualify for the government’s electric car grant. Next to the more luxurious but hugely expensive Mercedes EQV, meanwhile, the Vivaro-e Life looks like an absolute bargain.

You can recharge the Vivaro-e Life’s batteries pretty quickly, with 0-80% taking as little as 30 minutes if you use the kind of 100kW charging stations that are slowly getting more prolific in UK motorway services. A domestic 7kW wallbox charger will complete a full charge from empty in 7.5 hours.

There are two trim levels available. Entry-level Edition cars keep the price low but don’t come with much in the way of kit. They do get air conditioning, cruise control and a digital radio with Bluetooth connectivity, but miss out on the infotainment system we mentioned earlier, as well as alloy wheels and parking sensors. For that reason, we think that Elite trim is the better bet for most buyers, even though it costs substantially more.

Available driver assistance functionality includes automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assistance and driver drowsiness monitoring.

The Vivaro-e Life wasn’t covered in our latest 2020 Reliability Survey, but Vauxhall as a brand finished well down the table in 27th place. That was one ahead of Mercedes, but below pretty much every brand with a rival to the Vivaro-e Life.

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If you mainly drive in the city and want to go green, then few cars can match the sheer carrying capacity of the Vivaro-e Life. However, for most families, we suspect that conventionally powered seven-seat MPVs, such as the Volkswagen Touran or Vauxhall’s own Combo Life will prove better options because of the Vivaro-e Life’s limited range. They’ll also be nicer to drive and live with.

  • Flexible seating
  • Superb storage space and practicality
  • Sprightly acceleration around town
  • Poor driving range
  • Interior quality could be better
  • Laggy infotainment system

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