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Vauxhall Vivaro review

Costs & verdict

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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

If you want to buy a British-built van, look no further. The Vivaro is still the only model that can proudly wear a 'Made In Britain' badge.

If the Luton-made van does tempt you, we’d recommend the higher-powered of the two 1.5-litre engines if your work requirements allow it. The 118bhp version is sufficient, and the fuel economy it achieves over the 118bhp 2.0-litre engine is worth the slight performance sacrifice.

The two engines do have slightly different servicing requirements, however, which should be factored into running costs; the 1.5-litre needs a service every 25,000 miles, while the service interval for the 2.0-litre engine is every 30,000 miles.  

Specification on each of the three trim levels is generous, but we'd expect most drivers would prefer the added features of Sportive, including the 7.0in infotainment touchscreen.

As with the Peugeot Expert and Citroën Dispatch, there are a few additional extras you might also want to consider, including the hands-free loadspace access and the head-up display, which beams your speed and sat-nav info onto a small panel behind the steering wheel. Other features include forward collision alert, a drowsiness warning alert and automatic emergency braking.

All of the Vivaro's features come at a price, though, and you'll pay more for one than you would for either the Peugeot Expert or Citroën Dispatch. The Vivaro is, however, marginally cheaper to buy than Ford's Transit Custom.

Vauxhall Vivaro interior
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Verdict

The Vauxhall Vivaro is a better and more rounded van than ever. An enormous payload, a wide range of choices and excellent fuel economy are, however, compromised by a compact interior.

  • Wide choice of engines
  • Comfortable ride
  • Huge payload capabilities
  • Cramped interior
  • Changes to loadspace dimensions