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      Launch year
      2019
      Body type
      MPV
      Fuel type
      Diesel
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Van outside, but car inside

Best bits

  • Excellent practicality
  • Will carry up to nine adults
  • Comprehensive driver assistance aids

Not so great

  • Expensive to buy new
  • Numb steering
  • Not a lot of bootspace on nine-seater versions. 

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Vauxhall Vivaro Life Front Side View

Overall verdict

Vauxhall Vivaro Life Front Interior

On the inside

Vauxhall Vivaro Life Right Side View

Driving

Vauxhall Vivaro Life Rear Side View

How much does it cost to run

Vauxhall Vivaro Life Back Car Seats

Prices, versions and specification

Overall verdict

"The Vauxhall Vivaro Life is the MPV passenger carrying version of the panel van, and it's predominantly designed for the professional driver market. This means it is pitched squarely to chauffeurs, airport transfers and taxi operators who want a vehicle with the comfort and driveability of a car, a touch of luxury and exceptional practicality."

Vauxhall Vivaro Life Front Side View

Make no mistake, the Vauxhall Vivaro Life is a very important vehicle for Vauxhall. Not since the Midi-based Albany has the company produced such a passenger-focused version of its medium size van. And thanks to the brand’s acquisition by PSA in 2017, the bar has been raised significantly. 


Gone, then, is the old Vivaro, the last van to be developed as part of a successful 18-year collaboration with Renault, and to replace it comes a van that shares its running gear, engines and most of its bodywork with the Peugeot Expert and Citroen Dispatch, both of which were launched in 2016.


Unlike the French-branded vans, though, the Vivaro is manufactured in the UK at the former GM plant in Luton, which was thrown a substantial lifeline when PSA decided that the plant would become one of its leading van production facilities in Europe.


The Vivaro Life, which is little different from the Peugeot Traveller or Citroen Space Tourer, ticks that box perfectly, especially in high-spec ‘Elite’ trim. There’s also a less salubrious ‘Edition’ specification, which is more aimed at the taxi and wheelchair conversions market.


The Elite, though, is the more appealing of the two, although some will find the price tag of more than £40,000 a little hard to swallow. But then, as vans go, the Vivaro Life is one of the least van-like there is, not least because it’s based on the same mechanical platform that underpins the likes of the Citroen C4 Picasso, Peugeot 3008 and Vauxhall’s own Grandland X Crossover.


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

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Vauxhall Vivaro Life

2.0 Turbo D 180PS Elite L 5dr Auto

  • 2019
  • 16,699 miles

Manufacturer Approved

  • Robins And Day Vauxhall Staples Corner
  • Middlesex, NW21LY
Price:£27,990
PCP: £523.74/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £523.74, Customer Deposit: £4,198.00, Total Deposit: £4,198.50, Optional Final Payment: £12,133.00, Total Charge For Credit: £6,672.40, Total Amount Payable: £34,662.40, Representative APR: 12.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 12.18%, Excess Mileage Charge: 8ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

What other cars are similar to the Vauxhall Vivaro Life?

The most recognisable van-pased MPVs are arguably the Volkswagen Caravelle and Mercedes V-Class but there are probably more people carriers based on commercial vehicles than you might expect. There is of course the Peugeot Traveller, Citroen SpaceTourer and Toyota Proace Verso - essentially the same as the Vauxhall Vivaro Life. Ford offers the Ford Tourneo Custom while Hyundai has the aging but good value Hyundai i800.

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Vauxhall Vivaro Life Front Interior

On the inside

Vauxhall Vivaro Life Right Side View

Driving

Vauxhall Vivaro Life Rear Side View

How much does it cost to run

Vauxhall Vivaro Life Back Car Seats

Prices, versions and specification