On the road, the Vivaro is secure and comfortable to drive. The car underpinnings upon which the front half of the vehicle is based really do help it feel more dynamic and far more connected to the road than some rivals. It rides quite softly compared with some of the other vans in the mid-sized segment, but it’s comfortable with or without a load on board.
The Vivaro also offers an automatic gearbox with the 118bhp and 18bhp 2.0-litre engines. It’s not the best unit in the class, but it shifts in a fairly smooth and hassle-free manner. The standard six-speed manual gearbox feels a little bit floppy as you pull or push the lever through the gates.