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Vauxhall Vivaro Review

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heycar review

      Launch year
      2019
      Body type
      Van
      Fuel type
      Diesel
heycar editorial team

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heycar rating
“One of the best available”

Best bits

  • Easy to drive
  • Affordable running costs
  • Will carry up to 1450kg

Not so great

  • Not as practical as the old Vivaro
  • Side sliding doors feel cheap
  • Cheapest model has no alarm or air con. 

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Vauxhall Vivaro Front Side View

Overall verdict

Vauxhall Vivaro Front Interior

On the inside

Vauxhall Vivaro Left Side View

Driving

Vauxhall Vivaro Left Side View

How much does it cost to run

Vauxhall Vivaro Rear Side View

Prices, versions and specification

Overall verdict

"The Vivaro is Vauxhall’s best-selling van, and the third-generation model is one of the best medium size vans on sale right now. Easy to drive, efficient and capable of swallowing three Euro pallets, the Vivaro has plenty to offer businesses who want a comfortable and hard working van."

Vauxhall Vivaro Front Side View

The practical Vauxhall Vivaro medium van shares its mechanical platform with the Citroen Dispatch, Peugeot Expert and Toyota Proace. However, while its stablemates are all built in France, the Vivaro is one of the few commercial vehicles to be built in Britain.

The Vivaro ranks among the best medium vans when it comes to payloads. There are two van lengths to choose from (4.9 and 5.3 metres) and heavy duty versions will carry up to 1450kg. All vans get twin side sliding doors, with space for a Euro pallet to be loaded either side. Mid-spec versions get a bulkhead hatch, which allows the Vivaro to carry copper pipes and planks of wood measuring up to four metres in length.

A heavy hitter on payload, the Vivaro lags behind its rivals on outright loadspace. The old Vivaro provided 8.6 cubic metres, but this has been cut to 6.6 - this means some builders and delivery drivers (who prioritise useable space over payload) may find the Vivaro to be a snug fit for materials, parcels and equipment. There is no high roof option either.

All versions are easy to drive in town or out on the motorway. The ride quality can be quite harsh when the van is empty on rough roads, but settles into a comfortable soft rhythm when laden. All vans get cruise control and hill start assist as standard, while mid-spec models get rear parking sensors, automatic windscreen wipers and auto headlights.

High spec models get lots of car-like tech, which includes a head up display that shows the vehicle's speed on the lower part of the windscreen. Automatic emergency braking is also available, which can avoid a crash or reduce its effects by automatically applying the brakes.

Buyers get the choice of 1.5 and 2.0 turbodiesel engines. The entry-level 120PS 1.5-litre unit is sufficient for light loadmoving and returns up to 47mpg according to the advertised WLTP figures. Most engines are linked to a six-speed manual as standard, while the range-topping 180PS 2.0-litre engine gets an eight-speed torque converter automatic.

A clear upgrade on its predecessor, the Vivaro blends heavy duty carrying capacity with car-like comfort and road handling. If you are thinking of buying a medium size van then the Vivaro should be on your shortlist. 


If you're looking for the older version, you need our Vauxhall Vivaro (2014-2019) review.

What other vans are similar to the Vauxhall Vivaro?

The Vauxhall Vivaro is of course the sibling to the Renault Trafic but the number one selling medium van is the evergreen Ford Transit Custom which competes strongly with the Volkswagen Transporter and Mercedes Vito. There is also the Toyota Proace, Fiat Talento and the Peugeot Expert.

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Vauxhall Vivaro Front Interior

On the inside

Vauxhall Vivaro Left Side View

Driving

Vauxhall Vivaro Left Side View

How much does it cost to run

Vauxhall Vivaro Rear Side View

Prices, versions and specification