The interior layout, fit and finish
The interior of this new Vivaro has undergone something of a renaissance. Out has gone the drab, poorly laid out interior of the previous generation model, and in has come something that competes with the class best.
The first impression you now get on climbing in is of the several different grades of plastic which make it a much more aesthetically pleasing place to be. The number of storage areas is also better, as is the layout, which means finding what you need is intuitive.
However, this does come at a price. While the size of the interior is on a par with that of rivals, previous owners will notice that it is a little claustrophobic in comparison to the older model. Most notably the travel in the driver's seat is notably shorter, meaning taller drivers may have to sit more upright than they would like, and the position of the gearlever is very close to the driver's knee. The relatively small windows and upright dashboard are also noteworthy and may not appeal to all would-be buyers.
The Vivaro's comparatively low seating position also compromises visibility a fraction, too, something that is not i not helped by the particularly small door mirrors, which not only cause issues with blindspots but also when you're reversing.
Kit levels for the Edition base model are generous. It gets Bluetooth, a DAB radio, electric windows and door mirrors, cruise control, a speed limiter, steering wheel-mounted controls and a multifunction trip computer.
Sportive vans get the FlexCargo load-though bulkhead, an alarm, a fold-flat centre seat to give you a working area, air-conditioning, rear parking sensors, automatic windscreen wipers and a 7.0in infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility.
Elite models add sat-nav, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, folding electric mirrors, front parking sensors and blindspot monitoring.
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