Vauxhall Vivaro-e review

Category: Electric Van

Section: Costs & verdict

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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

You can look at the costs of electric vehicle ownership in several ways, but the short version of it is that - whether you pay upfront or lease - you will pay a significant premium for the vehicle (around £10,000 over a diesel) but enjoy significantly cheaper running costs. 

Whether or not that will work out to your advantage will depend on how you use the van, and how you charge it, with public charging typically being substantially more expensive than home charging. As a rule of thumb, Vauxhall estimates that the Vivaro-e is almost five times cheaper to run.

Interestingly, residual value predictions are very strong, even compared to those for the  Peugeot e-Expert and Citroen e-Dispatch, which are built on the same production line in France. That owes much to the Vivaro’s popularity in the UK.

Equipment levels are good on the base model, and the top spec Elite van has all the equipment you’d find on the equivalent top-of-the-range diesel, so there’s no compromising on comfort or features by going electric. 

With just one choice of motor and only two trim options to choose from, the Vivaro-e range is very simple to navigate. We’d recommend the Elite over the Dynamic, but many buyers will reasonably decide they can live without the creature comforts it provides.

 

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Overview

The Vauxhall Vivaro-e is one of the most advanced electric vans on the market. The two battery options are sufficiently large to mean range won’t be an issue for the majority of van drivers, and it has a payload to match a diesel van. It’s practical, comfortable and cheap to run too. Its residual value predictions are also strong.

  • Cost-effective to run
  • Good real-world mileage
  • Well equipped trim levels
  • Expensive to buy
  • Cabin feels a bit cramped
  • EV model not made in Britain

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