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Ten Second Review
The Vauxhall Vivaro is back; bigger and better finished than ever before. There's a choice of two lengths and two roof heights for the panel vans. The interiors are a good deal more comfortable and practical and the engines comprise either a 1.6 turbodiesel or a 1.6 twin turbodiesel, both powerplants available with two different power outputs.
Nobody could accuse Vauxhall of rushing the second generation Vivaro into production. Some thirteen years after the original appeared, we now have a successor. It's not as if Vauxhall had its hand forced by dwindling sales either, with the Vivaro and its sister vehicle, the Renault Trafic, commanding a ten per cent market share Europe-wide. Almost a million units were sold during that period, with Vauxhall continually tweaking the formula according to customer demands. In that period it learned a lot about how to build a mid-sized panel van.
The results of all that experience have been poured into this latest Vivaro. The playing field has changed too in the interim, and the Vauxhall now has to face down increased competition from some smart medium sector rivals such as the Volkswagen Transporter, the Mercedes Vito and the Ford Transit Custom. Even with those contenders in its path, you wouldn't bet against the Vivaro reprising its previous success.
The engines that power the Vivaro are both 1.6-litre turbodiesel units, but aside from that, they deliver very different results. Most buyers will probably opt for the 1.6-litre CDTi unit, available in either 89 or 113bhp power outputs. In order to match the sort of power outputs Mercedes can deliver with the Vito, Vauxhall has also introduced the 1.6-litre BiTurbo CDTi engine, available in 119 or 138bhp guises. Powered by two turbochargers working together, this engine combines excellent performance with decent fuel economy. From just 1,500rpm, the 119bhp BiTurbo generates an impressive maximum torque of 320Nm, while the 138bhp variant delivers 340Nm. From just 1,500rpm, the 119bhp BiTurbo generates 320Nm torque, while the 138bhp variant delivers 340Nm, so there's plenty of muscle even if you're fully loaded.
The driving position, though not as lofty as in some models nevertheless affords a decent view up the road. You get big door mirrors to help with manoeuvring and tried and tested transmissions.
Design and Build
The Vivaro looks anything but another anonymous panel van. There's a bluff Vauxhall front end, with plenty of chrome and huge headlight pods set in high-gloss black mouldings. The LED daytime running lights come with signature Vauxhall wing graphic design. Move round to the side and you'll spot the crisp blade feature flowing from under the side mirrors back to the rear wheel-arches in the same style found on the Insignia family and Astra GTC models.
The new Vivaro colour palette comprises eleven standard colours, with five solid and six two-coat metallic finishes. The cabin is much improved as well, with better refinement, a focus on utility, plus darker and more durable materials used throughout. Comfort has been improved as well, with seats that rake back and more adjustability for the steering column. There are also some neat touches like a detachable clipboard and a place to hide your laptop.
Market and Model
Prices range in the £18,000 to £22,000 bracket. Depending on how the new Vivaro is to be used - as a robust van or a comfortable large-capacity combi - customers can choose between two body design trim levels. The Vivaro variant (first trim level) is strong and practical with the front bumper, grille, side mirror housings and the vertical rear mouldings presented in a durable, black textured plastic material. Features i8nclude a driver's airbag, a digital radio with Bluetooth and USB connectivity and ESP.
For the Sportive trim level, all body elements including the front bumper, side mouldings, vertical rear bumper corners and the side mirrors are painted in the vehicle's body colour and the grille has chrome accents. There is an optional Keyless Open & Start system means you can carry gear to the van without the need to fumble around for keys. These simple things can make a big difference to everyday utility. For example, if you're wearing gloves, you won't need to remove them to search your pockets for the keys to get things in and out of the van.
Practicalities & Costs
The Vivaro panel van is offered in two lengths. The standard L1 configuration measures 4,998mm from stem to stern, with the L2 breaking the tape at 5,398mm. There are also two roof heights to choose from. Compared to its predecessor, you get an extra 100mm interior load length, and cargo capacity ranges between 5.2 and 8.6 cubic metres. Vauxhall has also been smart about accommodating even longer loads too, with a flap that extends through the bulkhead and below the front seats to allow up to 2.95m long items. Need even more length? Then simply open a secondary flap that extends into the front footwell, allowing up to 3.2m long items to be taken on board.
Of course, you could always just opt for the longer L2 model with its cavernous 4.15m load length. Although you do get more space inside the Vivaro, Vauxhall have made sure that those looking to upgrade from the old model to the new can still fit their existing racking systems into the later version. If you're running a fleet of old and new vans, this transferability means real savings. As indeed does the fuel economy of the latest model. Vauxhall reckons the entry-level vans will achieve up to 49.5mpg, confidently predicting this Vivaro will deliver best in class economy. There's also an eco button to help you get the most from a gallon of derv.
It's often the case that a manufacturer with a successful model on its books succumbs to paralysis; afraid in many ways to kill a goose that lays golden eggs. The Vivaro has been just such a model for Vauxhall and while the company has taken a very long time to launch a replacement, the changes to the second generation design are well-judged and ought to continue the Vivaro's strong sales.
Is there really that much to choose between panel vans? After all they're merely boxes of fresh air on wheels. Perhaps the answer to that is that when it comes to operating a fleet, even small differences rapidly add up and Vauxhall's claim that the Vivaro delivers the best fuel economy in its class has to be taken seriously. With a broad and versatile range, clean and powerful engines, distinctive styling and a more comfortable interior, it's hard to see how this one can fail to score.
- 6 Way Adjustable Driver's Seat With Height Adjustment, Lumbar Adj And Armrest
- Air Blend Heater With 4 Speed Fan
- Anti-Submarining Seats
- Connect Cloth Upholstery
- Facia Mounted Drink Holders
- Facia Mounted Gear Lever
- Flexcargo Load Through System
- Front Door Pockets With Bottle Holder
- Full Steel Bulkhead
- Height Adjustable Padded Head Restraints
- Illuminated Glovebox
- Illuminated Load Area
- Leather Steering Wheel And Gear Knob
- Load Lashing Rings
- Matt Chrome Effect Instrument Rings
- Reach And Rake Adjustable Steering Column
- Twin Sunvisors
- Vinyl - Cab Floor Covering
- Windscreen And Front Side Window Demist Vents
- Air conditioning with air recirculation
- Dual front passengers with storage, rotating clipboard, dump latch centre and FlexCargo load through system
- 3 Button Key
- Cruise Control With Speed Limiter
- Digital Clock
- Key In Ignition Warning Alarm
- Lights On Warning Buzzer
- Low Fuel Warning Light
- Multi-Function Trip Computer
- Oil Indicator
- Outside Air Temperature Display With Ice Warning
- Rev Counter
- Service Indicator
- Rear parking distance sensor
- 2 Speed Windscreen Wipers With Intermittent Wipe And Electric Screenwash
- Body Coloured Body Side Mouldings
- Body Coloured Door Mirrors
- Body Coloured Front Bumper
- Body Coloured Rear Bumpers
- Daytime Running Lights
- Drivers Side Blind Spot Eliminating Mirror
- Electric Headlamp Levelling
- Electric Windows With Autoreverse And 1-Touch Facility
- Electrically Heated And Adjustable Door Mirrors
- Front Fog Lights
- High Level Brake Light
- High Level Tail Lights
- Laminated Windscreen
- Nearside Sliding Door
- Tinted Windows
- Twin Reversing Lights
- Two coat Metallic
- Unglazed rear doors (90/165 degree opening)
- Ec Yes
- Ec Combined 46.3
- Ec Extra Urban 50.4
- Ec Urban 40.3
- Front Overhang 934
- Height 1971
- Length 5398
- Load Deck Height 552
- Load Height 1387
- Load Length 2937
- Load Space Width Between Wheel Arches 1268
- Load Width 1662
- Lower Rear Door Width 1391
- Rear Door Height 1320
- Rear Overhang 965
- Side Load Door Height 1284
- Side Load Door Width 1030
- Turning Circle - Kerb To Kerb 13.17
- Turning Circle - Wall To Wall 13.73
- Upper Rear Door Width 1391
- Wheelbase 3498
- Width (Excluding Mirrors) 1956
- Width (Including Mirrors) 2283
Weight and Capacities
- Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 80
- Gross Train Weight 5010
- Gross Vehicle Weight 3010
- Load Space Volume 6
- Max. Roof Load 200
- Max. Towing Weight - Braked 2000
- Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 750
- Minimum Kerbweight 1729
- No. Of Seats 3
- Payload 1281
- Plated 2Nd Axle 1650
- Plated Front Axle 1585
- Bhp 125
- Engine Power Kw 92
- Engine Power Rpm 3500
- Engine Torque Lbs.Ft 236
- Engine Torque Nm 320
- Engine Torque Rpm 1500
- Alternator Amps 150
- Badge Engine Cc 1.6
- Badge Power 125
- Battery Ah 70
- Battery Volts 12
- Clutch Single Dry Plate
- Exhaust System Catalytic Converter
- Front Suspension Macpherson Struts
- Ghost Model For Valuation Purposes No
- Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 6
- Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 6
- Service Interval Frequency - Months 24
- Service Interval Mileage 25000
- Special Edition No
- Special Order No
- Standard Manufacturers Warranty - Mileage Unlimited
- Standard Manufacturers Warranty - Years 1
- Steering Pas Rack And Pinion
- This Vehicle Is Classed As A Car For Ved Purposes No
- Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months 72
- Timing Belt Interval Mileage 100000
- Vehicle Homologation Class N1
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Below are our customer reviews for the Vauxhall Vivaro. Want to have your say? Leave a review for the Vauxhall Vivaro now.
Andrew Thorndike said on February 14 2017
Oliver Eastwood said on January 24 2017
Absolutely beautiful van and very nippy and economical although like any van with a roof rack you notice the difference in fuel.
Terry Garner said on January 24 2017
Ideal van for our Business (Painting & Decorating).
Przemyslaw Kozlowski said on January 13 2017
Overall great van
Stewart Grattan said on January 13 2017
Very nice van like driving a car.
Tim Ryan said on January 13 2017
Can't comment on reliability or running costs have only had van for a week. But after coming from a 13 year old Renault Trafic this is a pleasure to drive with nice extras which add comfort and convenience.
Stuart Mcinnes said on December 30 2016
Perfect can't wait to get back in it!
Jullien De Brauwer said on December 22 2016
This is the best van I have driven, so comfortable.
Daniel Lord said on December 06 2016
Lovely van drives like a car highly recommend.
Ashley Swindells said on December 02 2016
Andrew Green said on December 01 2016
Very comfortable and well thought out vehicle, to drive is very easy. I do the school runs and then go to work so it's great the cab is just like being in a car and with it being a LWB the back has loads of room for all my equipment!
Stuart Christie said on November 22 2016
It's like driving a car.
Paul David Joslin said on November 21 2016
Nice van very pleased with it. Just like driving a car quite and smooth.
Paul Fox said on November 16 2016
Harry Nicholson said on October 27 2016
Smart, practical, modern and slick.
Andrew Dawkins said on August 16 2016
David Southworth said on July 25 2016
Nice to drive and handles well, build quality seems very good but only had it a couple of weeks, time will tell on reliability and quality.
Kurt Moxley said on July 18 2016
Great, solid, comfortable vehicle. I love it.
Philip Tudgay said on July 15 2016
I love it!
Stephen Westwood said on July 01 2016
In the few weeks I've had the van I can't really fault it yet, comfortable, easy and enjoyable to drive. Only time can tell on reliability.
William Booker said on June 22 2016
Impressed with the load area. Quiet engine, easy to drive and very economical. Also, a good looking van.
Christopher Tune said on June 22 2016
Fantastic, think it's going to be a great work van.
Craig Davenport said on May 24 2016
Mark Holian said on May 13 2016
Brilliant van and brilliant features.
Kevin Barton said on April 28 2016
Only had the van a short while but I am very happy with all the aspects of it.
Luc Francois said on April 18 2016
Very pleased. Drives like a car and fulfills all my requirements.
John Hutton said on April 15 2016
Gareth Wright said on April 15 2016
Better than our VW Transporter it replaced.
Nicholas Langley said on April 15 2016
Best van I've ever had simple as that!
mark skellam said on April 08 2016
Having had previously a ten year old large van which was slow and in need of an update, to drive the Vivaro is like driving a performance car, really pleased so far with every thing about the van, in particular build quality and performance. I can't fault Vanarama really pleased with the service they provide.
Ian Gardiner said on April 06 2016
They are an absolutely brilliant van.
Lee Isherwood said on April 01 2016
Very good high spec for the cost.
David Hall said on March 22 2016
Not as quick as I hoped and not as good on fuel.
Oliver Max Chaitow said on March 22 2016
All round great van.
Andrew Carlaw said on March 22 2016
It could do with an arm rest that doesn't gather dirt and dust as much, some more storage on the dash and slightly bigger buttons on the radio as I have to really push them to get them to work. The door handles on the outside are quite stiff and sticky, but a very nice cab and nice to drive.
Marc Thorogood said on March 22 2016
Super van, does exactly what it says on the can!!
Brett Barker said on March 15 2016
This to me is the most practical and economical van of this range on the market. Really happy with the mpg I am getting and its so comfortable to drive. Mostly have 'eco mode' switched on for driving around town, but turn it off and the van has a decent bit of power when needed.
Nick Mcconnochie said on March 15 2016
Great to drive, I had some great looks from passersby's, could be me or the van, either way enjoying the the whole drive to work and back.
Ansley Taylor said on March 01 2016
Transit Custom Limited beats this in every department EXCEPT mpg. 30-32mpg as opposed to 38mpg ave. Everything seems cheaper on this and it has annoying alarms going off for different things and doors that don't unlock unless you press button several times. Stop/start doesn't like fast clutch/gear movements. You end up stopped at traffic lights for a few seconds while trying to encourage the engine to start. Radio changes in tone randomly now and then so it's booked in at the garage. Not had it long enough to comment about reliability. But I hired this for the mpg and it's doing well with that.
Ken Bowden said on February 17 2016
The driver is enjoying his experience so far.
Hassan Khan said on February 08 2016
A versatile vehicle that meets all my needs both business and pleasure, so much so I'm now seriously considering selling the family!
Liam Bard said on February 03 2016
Only had the van a couple weeks so can't comment much but it turned up on time as promised and all looking and working well. Beautiful to drive, just like a car. Went for a LWB again but this new model is noticeably 100mm longer again.
Timothy Michael Ashcroft said on February 03 2016
Seems like an excellent van. The paintwork is definitely not hard wearing.
Daryl Seeley said on January 19 2016
A true pleasure.
Peter Mitchard said on January 13 2016
Value for money.
Alan Peter Jones said on December 30 2015
Very nice ride well equipped a pleasure to drive
Michael Cook said on December 22 2015
Not being a petrol head I'm easily pleased, but I'm impressed so far. MPG seams good, drives well, I have it on Eco all the time and use cruise control on duel carriage ways. I have the platinum silver colour and it looks great. A few of the other builders and roofers have van envy. So far so good.
Stephen Joseph Burke said on December 22 2015
Only had van for 1 week but can't complain
Simon Mark Minney said on December 22 2015
Great van and nice to drive.
Sean Gell said on December 17 2015
Like driving my car
Paul Tempest said on December 17 2015
Great van and certainly more cost effective than Transit, Vito & Transporter.
Aaron Pendrill said on December 17 2015
Really good van the one to have.
Ashton Farrier said on December 17 2015
Robert Mcdermott said on December 17 2015
Michael Britten said on December 17 2015
Great van, great colour, good looking all round. Kids love the rear seats plenty of room and space in the back for carrying my tools and materials.
Antony Sciarrillo said on December 02 2015
Nice comfortable van, well kitted out in front and rear cabs.
William Andrew Jeeves said on November 27 2015
The Vivaro is a very good van and a pleasure to use. My van has a limiter on it which beeps over 70mph, it is being addressed as we speak but I would recommend checking that none of the rest have it as I can imagine having a lot of call backs if this is the case.
Kevin Ambler said on November 26 2015
great practical and roomy van
David Quarry said on November 26 2015
My Vivaro is great to drive, lots of torque when carrying 500ltrs of water, brilliant mpg and loads of leg room in the rear seats which is ideal for the mother in-law, all round brilliant van.
Peter Greaves said on November 20 2015
Brilliant van but load length would benefit from being 100mm longer.
Michael Laughton said on November 20 2015
It's early days, but on first impression it's very good. It's taken a while for me to get my head around leasing a vehicle, but i'm glad I made the decision to go down this route. I chose this van for its size as i'm a carpenter, at the moment, it fulfils my needs.
Alan Constance said on November 20 2015
So far a super posh van full of lots of useful extras.
Christopher Beasant said on November 18 2015
Generally quite pleased with vehicle, just let me down once, after only 2000 miles on clock with battery problems. Eventually, I found a Vauxhall dealership that would help me, they told me battery was fine. I'm not 100% certain the van will start in the mornings now winter is approaching.
Alasdair Mackenzie said on November 13 2015
This is the second Vivaro Sportive we have in our fleet. We like the build and drive quality of the Sportive and this latest Bi-Turbo has much more torque than the previous 155PS model.
Nick Lewis said on November 03 2015
Having owned the previous model, this takes it to another level! 40mpg urban is an excellent return, and comfort like driving a car.
Geoff Morgan said on October 23 2015
Very good spacious sporty van.
Anthony Lavin said on October 23 2015
Fantastic van with great fuel consumption, but still with the pulling power.
Kristian Berzins said on October 21 2015
It's a fantastic van, I've really enjoyed driving it so far, it looks great and drives great. I couldn't be happier with it.
Philip Raftery said on October 21 2015
very good van
Nicholas Tony Carter said on October 19 2015
James White said on October 19 2015
Second time we have bought this van. Great performance and very comfortable.
Anthony Forshaw said on October 16 2015
Early days yet, but so far so good. Really pleased with it.
Brian Money said on October 16 2015
The vehicle is very good, very fuel efficient and very comfortable.
David england said on October 14 2015
Overall it’s a great van. A bit plastic on the inside, but an all-around nice van.
stephen johnson said on October 14 2015
This is the best van I've ever had. It drives like a car and is very comfortable. The driving position is just as good, if not better than the old model Vivaro that I had. It is very economical due to its 1.6 twin turbo engine. I would recommend this van to anybody.
Paul Evans said on October 14 2015
Practical modern van with all mod cons - Bluetooth, air con., cruise control, eco engine etc. Drives like a car, yet built for work.
John Thomson said on October 14 2015
It's like driving a car and very economical. A pleasure to go to work in. Thanks Vanarama!
Alan Gibson said on October 14 2015
This van is exactly how Vanarama said it would be! Great to drive with loads of power and performance but still giving superb MPG and a comfortable car like ride. Packed with all the essential features such as air con, parking sensors, cruise control, electric windows and Bluetooth connectivity. With colour coded bumpers and mirrors our business now has a great looking van and an essential tool in our marketing plan. We've only had this van for 4 months but already it has won us new business. A fantastic van-arama!
Mark parry said on October 14 2015
Albert dermott said on October 14 2015
Brilliant would not swap for anything.
Mark Martin said on October 14 2015
Antony Williams said on October 14 2015
Drives well, looks good and I like the Bluetooth connection. Fuel economy is good and overall I am very pleased.
Russell Wood said on October 14 2015
It's a good looking, good sized van and perfect for our type of work. The colour is great. The service from Vanarama throughout the purchase was excellent.
Heather Rowark said on October 14 2015
Very smooth, refined drive, amazing engine. I'm getting 40mpg so far and have only covered 500 miles, so expect this will improve further. Sat Nav, carpet mats, passenger airbags and alloys would be nice for this level of modern van - shame it hasn't got these. Good service from Vanarama, very happy, good ply lining. The Vivaro is the best value mid size van in the market place in my opinion. The BiTurbo engine is incredible.
Mantas Gintila said on October 14 2015
At the moment its a very good van and I'm pleased so far.
Ben howard said on October 14 2015
Top vehicle, very happy !!
Darren Ware said on October 14 2015
I should have leased this van earlier. It has had a positive direct impact on the business, both in profit and image! I was initially concerned that the 1.6 would be underpowered but has surprisingly more poke than our old Vivaro. It handles the weight we have to deal with too. Imagine a cut up double garage door on the side rack with a van full of tools and supplies! I would also like to recommend Vanarama for the transaction. It went as smooth as can be.
James Kirk said on October 14 2015
An excellent vehicle. Absolutely love my van, it looks so professional in my business. Handles superbly and very comfortable. It has all the refinements of a car. Really pleased with Vanarama as well so courteous and professional.
Craig Beresford said on October 14 2015
The L2 Vivaro stood out from the crowd due to the extra load space through the bulk head. With good looks, practicality and great performance for the amount of load we carry, it really is a great van to own. The styling is spot on, and the Sportive model has all the modern day equipment as standard. Once ply-lined and racked out, it carries all the essentials to run a carpentry business, as well as the capability to carry materials, including 8x4 sheets with ease. The colour options on the Sportive really make the van stand out on the road, and it's really like driving a modern family car rather than a van. Alloys as standard, like on the old model, would have been nice. For the price, you can't really go wrong. So far, it's been a pleasure to own.
Andy Flatman said on October 14 2015
Excellent van, comfortable, good looking, economic on fuel and a great specification. Well pleased.
Andy wrate said on October 14 2015
Value for money against other makes/models.
Adam Jefferies said on October 14 2015
I've had this van for about a month now and it's easily the most comfortable and easy to drive van I've driven so far. The bluetooth connectivity and the DAB radio are major perks and the cargo/tool space is spacious and easy to use and customize. Motorways are less tiring with cruise control and overall it's built for comfort. A big thumbs up from me.
Geoff Morgan said on October 14 2015
Very good sporty van.
Thomas betts said on October 12 2015
Lovely van, thanks for all your help.
Warren stagg said on October 12 2015
I had a VW transporter before but fancied a change. After looking at all the vans available, I chose the Vivaro for looks and I liked the fact I could get a 3M pipe inside with the neat little lift up flap under the passenger seat.
Konstantins Kuznecovs said on October 12 2015
I’ve only had the van for 3 months, so hard to tell if it is reliable or not. Downsides are 1. Brakes are a bit spongy, 2. MPG isn't that great. 3. Inside the cab isn't really well thought out. On the plus side 1. Very practical. 2. Ride quality is good. 3. Like creature comforts. 4. Good looking van. Overall I am very pleased with it so far.
Richard brigg said on October 12 2015
Perfect van, looks good and drives well, best purchase I've made for a vehicle.
Keith Harmer said on October 12 2015
I love it. I am a kitchen and bathroom installer and I need to carry a lot of kit. I seem to have space to spare with this long wheelbase layout! I've only had it a couple of weeks but it has made a huge difference to my working day. Although I have been an installer for 17 years it makes me feel much more professional. I like the easy driving style, it's just like driving a good car really. Air con, electric everything, parking sensors, cruise control...what else could you want in a VAN! I'm getting over 40mpg driving locally, according to the comprehensive trip computer, so absolutely no complaints there. Very nimble even when fully loaded - brilliant! Only downsides are the horrible digital speedometer and lack of temperature and oil pressure gauges. Radio graphics are also disappointingly basic. Can't imagine that the flimsy plastic fuel cap cover will last long either and I don't think it was a clever idea to make me open the passengers door every time I need to fill up with diesel. And it would be better if you could turn off the Autostop feature PERMANENTLY instead of having to disable it every time you start the vehicle. But overall it was a superb choice and I look forward to driving to my jobs now!
Bruce Traquair said on October 12 2015
I'm now two weeks in. Really happy with the van overall and the service provided by the guys at Vanarama. Really quick turnaround from initial placing of my order, to delivery! I am an electrical contractor and my vans are key to my business so having smart, reliable vehicles capable of carrying all the equipment used on a day to day basis is very important. This Vivaro ticks all the boxes. Very practical in terms of load carrying in the back and storage in the cab. Loads of cubby-holes. It's a very nice spec with everything I need. Bluetooth allows me to answer the phone while on the move, cruise control for the longer journeys. The cab feels more like a nice car than a van! The 1.6 BiTurbo engine is very impressive. Smooth and very quiet. Plenty of power even when loaded - shows up the equivalent Ford model! No problems climbing and motorways are a breeze. MPG is pretty good when driven fairly conservatively, but be warned, it is easy to get carried away where the engine pulls so nicely! Overall, the package is excellent and I would definitely have another based on my experience so far!
Rob Eden said on October 12 2015
The van looks fantastic especially in Black. It shouts professionalism when you turn up at a client’s property. I am a builder specialising in extensions and refurbs, new kitchens and bathrooms all top end quality homes. I was concerned that a 1.6 was not going to have enough power despite the horsepower figures. I was wrong it has muscle and refinement is smooth and so quiet in the cab, it’s like being in a modern car. I have had the van for about 6 months now and it’s a real pleasure to own and drive. The load through hatch is great and saves leaving the rear door open for gear to get wet. We drive locally every day about 50 miles and a few times per month to London, which is about 300 miles there and back. It’s a dream and eats the miles. The fuel consumption really needs to be seen to be believed it uses so little even at speed and with a load on. The built in Bluetooth system to the stereo is great and my iPhone connects straight away and the handsfree clarity is great, never had anyone say I sound like I’m underwater etc. Just a note to say that the headlights are very good the daylight running lights look good but at night the main headlights really do work well. The centre seat is folded down and I use it as my desk, iPad on it and clipboard up it makes it so easy not to forget materials etc. as I just write it down and it’s in my face all the time which is great if you’re busy and forgetful. A great van. Only problem I have had is the service due light coming on prematurely, but my local Vauxhall swapped the binnacle over and hey presto all is well. PS the cruise control is a real nice feature when on the motorway. GET ONE YOU WILL LOVE IT!!
martin thompson said on October 12 2015
I use my van for my heating and plumbing business and have had the van for a month now. The van is the lwb version as I needed to get full lengths of pipe and my ladders inside so no roof rack. The van is averaging 39 mpg considering the van is always full that is very good. Would recommend van to anybody as well as the service from Vanarama first class.
Andy Williams said on October 12 2015
After having larger vans in the past, I went for something a little bit smaller as I'd taken on a bit more work where I needed to access underground car parks and this van does the job due to the height of the vehicle. The long wheel base is perfect for storing tools and materials, it drives like a dream and is also very reliable.
Rob Edwards said on October 12 2015
Considering it is only a 1.6, I am surprised by how powerful and responsive it is.
Frank Passaro said on October 12 2015
Very pleased. I will be looking to get another in the new year.
Grahame said on October 12 2015
Just what I was looking for! Perfect in all the ways! Very helpful customer service! Ed, Bianca and the rest of the team was absolutely outstanding! Thank you Vanarama!
Bryan Somers said on October 12 2015
I use this van every day for work. It's comfortable to drive and is very good on fuel, great size van for all my work purposes.
john mc girr said on October 12 2015
Very good all round vehicle.
Paul giles said on October 12 2015
A very good all round van, great on fuel and very good performance.
david bush said on October 12 2015
leased a van 2 months ago. I am very pleased with it, great drive, looks like a car inside and it has all the mod cons. Cheap to run saves me at least £70 pounds per month on fuel. All in all very happy.
Dennis said on October 09 2015
A good all round long wheelbase van. Good mileage numbers and comfortable cab area.
Jason Sandford said on October 09 2015
I've had my van almost a year now and I can't fault it - it is vantastic. Very comfortable and looks the part too. Definitely recommend.
william greig said on October 09 2015
My van is very good for me because off the mileage I do. Very comfortable too - thanks!
ruth hayes said on October 09 2015
Overall very pleased with this van. Car like drive and and comfortable...only thing I'd like is adjustable front passenger seats. Definitely recommend the Vivaro crew :)
Tim Ellis-Jones said on October 09 2015
So far so good
Richard Bull said on October 09 2015
Vehicle replaced ten year old van for my carpenters use. They travel 35 miles to get into work and work around north London so need a van that is comfortable and reliable. The Vauxhall Vivaro is a great edition to our company fleet.
Graeme Miller said on October 09 2015
Very comfy van to drive with loads of room for tools and material in the back. Delighted with it😀😀
Julie said on October 09 2015
We use our van for driving to work and back, we have had the van approx. 8 weeks, very comfortable and drives great compared to our old Vivaro although we have one problem the space between the gear stick and the passenger seat is smaller and also if you put anything on the passenger seat it slips off and goes between the seats. Would like it to have sat nav.
Dawn Rowlands said on October 09 2015
This van is used for our fire protection engineer to attend sites all over the UK. It is large enough to transport the tools and consumables we need to carry out our works efficiently. In the 4 weeks we have had the van we have not experienced any problems. We have found it to be comfortable and economical with fuel consumption. Our engineer finds the Vivaro to be comfortable to drive which helps keep him happier on the road. At this stage we do not have anything negative to review and overall are extremely pleased with our choice.
Adrian Garbett said on October 09 2015
Very good at the moment but early days yet as I have only had it a couple of months
Darryl Daniels said on October 06 2015
First impressions very good, however too early to make a considered opinion.
Lee Moorwood said on October 06 2015
We have transits but thought we would give the cheaper vivaro a go. Not in the same class but it is a cheaper vechile so I guess you get what you pay for. But not unhappy with it!
Roger Catte said on October 06 2015
A little under powered compared with previous model
Wayne Loon said on September 30 2015
Perfect.....Exactly what we were after.....
David Bush said on September 29 2015
Easy drive, looks like a car inside. Loads of space on the rear.
Liam Rackley said on September 29 2015
A great bit kit!!
Martin Fellgate said on September 24 2015
Great van with lots of extras, long loads can be stored inside with the with lift up door in bulk head.
Dawn Rowlands said on September 22 2015
Perfect for our needs
Jacquie Luke said on September 16 2015
Graeme Miller said on September 11 2015
Delighted with the van, becoming more like a car comfort wise!!
Richard Underdown said on August 19 2015
John Griffiths said on August 12 2015
Had the van a few months now. A good drive. Downsides - struggled pulling box trailer up hill and its the Bi-Turbo!Also not keen on the gearbox as its easy to select the wrong gear.
Mark Longden said on August 12 2015
Craig Dillon said on August 11 2015
Matthew Fry said on August 10 2015
It drives like a car, it is so smooth. Amazing on diesel and is extremely comfortable. I definitely recommend the Sportive.
Stephen Rose said on August 06 2015
Good work van.
Terry McNeil said on July 30 2015
Fantastic. Leased as a second van but can't find enough excuses to go in the Vivaro. Great in every way.
Dennis Manning said on July 29 2015
Really like the van, however the seat belts are small in comparison to most other vans on the market. So you feel a bit trapped once your all belted up.
Carol Tiff said on July 20 2015
Very practical and comfortable. Looks great with my stickers on.
Jason Whiting said on July 16 2015
Gareth Jenkins said on July 15 2015
Very good. Only one thing lets it down, it can't carry 3 metre lengths of pipe in the under storage passenger seat compartment without lifting the load through hatch up.
Alan Gibson said on July 15 2015
Great little van for what we want it for. Every bit as good as we hoped.
Anthony McNeill said on July 10 2015
I love this van. My first ever brand new van and this is how I will go in the future. When my contract is up I will get a new one again with Vanarama.
Jacqueline Martin said on July 07 2015
Very nice looking has all the toys except sat nav, which should be standard in today's expectations.
Peter Williams said on July 06 2015
Richard Mcnee said on July 06 2015
Amazing new vehicle. Very comfortable and great on fuel.
Kevin Page said on June 15 2015
It's early days yet, but I am glad I traded my old Transit in for this new van with all the extras blue tooth, air con, reversing sensors, cruise control and much more. I am pleased with the pulling power of this 1.6 bi turbo 120 PS version Vivaro sportive van.
Chris Allen said on June 10 2015
Happy with the van. Ideal with what I need it for.
Paul Giles said on June 10 2015
Really nice van. Drives & handles like a car. I was a bit dubious of how well the 1.6 diesel would do, but the BIturbo 120 makes my old VW T5 2.5 TDI seem like a dinosaur. The only downside is that the sat nav and alloys are extras, even on the Sportive, yet come as standard on the Renault Traffic version. Other than that, a lovely van all round.
Thomas Barry Evans said on June 10 2015
Over the moon class van and great power. Only averaging 34.9 to the gallon but I'm in the country, so no probs with that.
Paul Anthony MacInnes said on June 09 2015
Excellent van. Really nice smooth van to drive, plus very good on fuel.
Matthew Turner said on June 08 2015
This vehicle is a excellent van. Total comfort and all the tech too. The Eco button is an amazing piece of kit.
Ade Riley said on June 05 2015
Best van I've ever owned,or driven actually. Only my old Freight Rover Sherpa beats it on handling but that was made out of a solid block of British Leyland steel and stuck to the road like glue. Vans have come a long way since then needless to say and for me the new Vivaro is right at the forefront of where vans are at right now. I've done 3500 miles in this van so far and am returning 40mpg combined, in comfort. Load area with through bulkhead is very usable in my job as a bedroom furniture fitter and the van stays economical and pulls like a train even when fully loaded. Handles great. Much less body roll than the Transit Custom I had on rental for a week. Very comfortable driving position and having spent 3.5 hours driving to work on one job I still felt fresh enough for an 8 hour fit and 2 hour traffic free drive home with no back problems. Mirrors work well. Cruise control works great. Engine has very good torque even in eco setting. In normal mode van is actually pretty quick. Looks great, engine is quiet. It has quality sound from DAB radio and loads of cab storage. Only annoying thing for me is the rear door open alarm which should have a switch off mode for me. Buy one.
Keith Garrard said on May 20 2015
The van looks great, drives well and is very economical.
Douglas Phillips said on May 05 2015
Having always bought vans before, I always stuck to the lowest spec - less things to go wrong! This van is sheer luxury to me. I still don't think I've worked out everything it does. Top marks.
Stephen Bradbrook said on April 27 2015
This van is perfect for the job I have for it. Running costs are good and great comfort is all there with the Vauxhall Vivaro super van.
Wayne Wardle said on April 07 2015
Great van so far, hope it lasts aswell as I think.
Simon Nicholas Ruel said on April 07 2015
I have only had the van for a week but am very impressed so far. The styling is great and the extras in the Sportive add to its appeal. It looks like I should get 600 miles to a tank of fuel which is significantly better than my previous Vivaro.
Stephen Alan Minto said on April 02 2015
Francis (Frank) Donlon said on March 27 2015
Very nice van. Looks good and feels solid. Very quiet inside when driving. I like the power and fuel economy too. I also like the level of features as standard.
Derrick Pearse said on March 24 2015
When it was getting delivered my first impressions were wow, what a smart van and after driving it even more impressed.
Anthony Piggott said on March 23 2015
Damian Osman said on March 11 2015
Too early to judge reliability, but this van is a real pleasure to drive. Last van was an 07 plate and the gulf in comfort and quality between the two is massive. The front cab looks and feels like a top quality car. I'm a bit gutted to have to install the seat covers. The rest of the van looks good too. I took it on the motorway and the engine performance was great. Really pleased.
Stephen Seymour said on March 09 2015
Neil Tideswell said on March 06 2015
Nice so far, but early days.
Kenneth Thomas Steer said on February 23 2015
Better economy than my previous Vivario
Kris Brown said on February 19 2015
Christopher Sharpe said on February 11 2015
Good all rounder, that drives like a car. It's a little under powered for steep hills and overtaking when in ECO and a little more space in the cab for a 3rd person would be better. The seat belt could do with being a little longer for larger people.
Darren Braginton said on February 02 2015
First impressions - excellent. Having only driven the vehicle for one day I cannot fully comment on reliability/performance/running costs.
Martin Bradley said on January 09 2015
So far I can't fault it.
Barry Eldred said on January 08 2015
ROBERT RZEZNICZAK said on January 05 2015
Only lack was the alloy wheels, but maybe next time they will be in stock.
Stephen Learmonth said on December 24 2014
Vans have come along way nowadays, like driving a car!!
Daniel Byron said on December 19 2014
Great, very pleased.
Jonathan Gibson said on December 18 2014
John Croney said on December 16 2014
Great value for money. Good size and easy drive.
Bryan Somers said on December 16 2014
The van is a nice looking van and is so nice to drive.
RAYMOND IMRIE said on December 03 2014
I had previously owned a Vivaro, so I was expecting the same or better and I got much better. Drives like a good quality car and everything is at hand for the driver. Only had it one day so I cannot give it 5 stars on all points, as a lot of them will take time to determine the ratings. But over all, a fabulous looking van with everything I need to make my business and working day a pleasure. Would certainly recommend one to others.
Shane Windley said on November 13 2014
Looks great, drives great and good on fuel.
John French said on October 30 2014
I had a Vivaro before and if this one is half as good, it's going to be great.
Neil Oliver said on October 15 2014
Really pleased, it's a completely different drive to my Renault Trafic, a lot more responsive in every way.
Roger Sims said on July 25 2014
It's a great vehicle; very reliable. Good performance, easy to drive and powerful; rear design and design needs updating though now to match the new Ford which is aesthetically better looking.
Noel Austin said on June 26 2014
Great van does exactly what I need
Phil Bentley said on June 06 2014
Great, very pleased
Malcolm Rose said on May 30 2014
Arrived promptly. Great to drive, comfortable and stylish. Only just got it but so far very happy
Katy Jacks said on April 16 2014
Very nice van for the money.
Richard Clover said on April 11 2014
Very pleased with the van in general apart from the radio, hands free information display it's a bit old fashioned looking. Does look good in black so probably worth the extra few weeks wait.
Karl Collier said on April 09 2014
Could be more than 4 stars in some areas, could be less. Seems great!
Mark Reid said on April 04 2014
A good practical van.
Simon Burns said on April 03 2014
Really impressed with the features of the van
Steve Gardner said on April 02 2014
A very good van has done what I wanted to so far.
Mark Curnell said on April 02 2014
excellent van,looks great,very good to work off
Michael McNicholas said on March 26 2014
Peter Ormandi said on March 21 2014
Nice van - it is exactly what I want
Jeffrey Stabb said on March 19 2014
Very comfortable, handles well.
Vyan Tidd said on March 14 2014
Good value van that has improved over the years. Colour coded rear bumper is a mistake.
Tony Layzell said on March 04 2014
Just got the van today but its not the first Vivaro we have had so I will know what to expect, a great all round van.
Christopher Coverdale said on February 11 2014
I have only driven 50 miles in it so far on the day of delivery, Still getting use to it really, but as mentioned above it really needs to have reversing seniors/ camera so you can see where your reversing regards the blind spot distance. Can this be added to the van by the leasing Company?
Martin Holsten said on January 29 2014
As I said I was after something different but I am very pleased with what I have. Very comfortable, very spacious. Great looking and great to drive.
David Davies said on November 06 2013
So far really good
Simon Jackson said on November 06 2013
Looks a fantastic van.
Grant Maclean said on October 30 2013
Dan Richens said on October 25 2013
Scott Wheaton said on October 22 2013
Very good van
Kevin Stones said on October 04 2013
Pleased with the van for the reasons above
Colin Prizeman said on September 24 2013
great van am really pleased with it
Dan Lloyd said on May 30 2013
Couldn't be happier
Mark Knockton said on February 06 2013
Graham Rickett said on October 17 2012
Chris Tyrrell said on September 05 2012
Steve Creasey said on May 30 2012
David Giles said on May 23 2012
although I have only had this for over 24 hours, so far so good.
Robert Willis said on April 26 2012
Jason Bradley said on April 26 2012
very nice drive smooth comfortable and easy on the eye
Mark Turner said on April 18 2012
Great van and impressed with the mileage. Would definitely recommend Vauxhall's for their comfort and economy efficient running costs.
Ashley Moran said on April 12 2012
its a really nice van and great to drive.
Mick Dyche said on March 16 2012
I thought the Vauxhall is a nice looking van and well equiped, (To early to say about running costs at the moment)
Lisa Lemon said on March 09 2012
Very happy with the van looks great drives superb looking forward to doing many miles in it
Chris Mayo John Robertson said on March 09 2012
very economical what we need in this presant climate
Steve Wright said on March 09 2012
Only had it 1 day.. but so far very very inpressed .
Dean musgrave said on February 24 2012
Practical van and nice to drive, wish it had rear parking sensors but you cant have everything in life.
Paul Cooper said on February 24 2012
The model purchased offers our engineers that little bit extra rather than driving the base model,and particularly with the no deposit deal its goood value for us as well.
Peter Mcewan said on February 03 2012
Gary Thomas said on November 18 2011
This is our second one and we still prefers these to all the others
Rob Hume said on November 09 2011
A quality and practical van .
Jason Hinson said on September 02 2011
kevin Tindall said on August 24 2011
The Vauxhall Viviaro sportive LWB is a comfortable van to be behind the wheel ,drives fantastic and holds the road well on cornering. A good looking van from the outside with all the sporty trim and the metallic paint and loads of electric gadgets that comes standard with the van which other vans they are all extras and are very costly when you start putting them on. The best one is the blue tooth stereo saves the effort and money getting one installed ,as running a company its a must have when you are on the move. Great van to have , really good on fuel. plenty room in load bay for all tools and materials. can get up to about 2.6m length in the back so doors wont struggle to close with a sheet of plasterboard or ply. Great value for the money . recommend this van to anyone looking for a good quality van
Mark Trojacek said on August 24 2011
Only just received the vehicle but all looks good so far
Tina Baker said on August 24 2011
It's a van !!
Paul Roberts said on August 24 2011
Exactly as ordered
Tim Baldock said on June 30 2011
very good - the added extra of the sportive trim makes a massive difference to the overall appearance and driver comfort.
Listed below are the customer questions for the Vauxhall Vivaro L2 Diesel 2900 1.6CDTI BiTurbo 125PS ecoFLEX Sportive H1 Van. Do you have a question that hasn't been answered yet? If you don't want to give us a call, click here to ask your question and we'll respond in four working hours.
Is there an option for extra locks to be fitted before delivery of the van and if so how much extra would it be?
Thanks for getting in touch. Extra locks often referred to as dead locks or Slam locks can be fitted before delivery. We can have them installed prior to your delivery and the cost can be built into your lease agreement or paid as a one off payment. Alternatively once you have taken delivery of the vehicle you can have them fitted yourself. The cost can vary with the manufacturer of the vehicle, If you have them fitted yourself it’s advisable to contact the lease company to advise them that they have been fitted to the vehicle.
Does this model come ply lined and is there an option for the van to come with the factory fitted sat nav?
Hi Joel, this van will be ply lined for you before delivery. With regards to the sat nav, Vauxhall offer an option called Navi 50 which we could add to the vehicle when it is being built.
Is it possible to remove the bulkhead from this vehicle?
Hi Mark, thanks for getting in touch. The full steel bulk head on the Vauxhall Vivaro L2 Diesel 2900 BiTurbo 125PS ecoflex Sportive H1 Van is a standard part of the specification of the vehicle and therefore cannot be removed. If you would like to discuss this in further detail, or look at any alternative options for you, please feel free to contact one of our specialists direct on 01442 838195. Kind regards, Mike Daly.
What would be the insurance class for the insurance, or does lease hire come with insurance?
Hi Darren, Insurance is not included in the lease, but we can provide you the full model details and value for you to get a quote on insurance prior to making a decision.
What is the difference between lease hire and lease purchase? How long are you tied in to a contract for? Thanks
The difference between lease hire (Contract Hire) and Lease Purchase is that Contract Hire gives you use of a van for a fixed period of time and can include fixed cost maintenance, you then had it back at the end. Lease Purchase gives you the option to own the vehicle at the end by means of paying a final payment. With Contract Hire the payments can be offset against taxable profits, therefore reducing the tax the business pays. With Lease Purchase the vehicle is classed as an asset therefore the depreciation of the vehicle can be written off against taxable profits. On a Contract Hire agreement the payments are subject to VAT and if the business is VAT registered this can be claimed back on a monthly basis. On Lease Purchase the VAT is paid as part of the deposit and can be claimed back in one go at the beginning of the agreement. All of the agreements we can do are either 2 years, 3 years, 4 years or 5 years.
How many miles per gallon can I get from this van?
The Vauxhall Vivaro returns between 35.8 to 42.7 mpg, depending on the model.
Do I get breakdown recovery?
Yes - the Vauxhall Vivaro comes with 12 months of AA recovery.
What are the service intervals for this van?
The service intervals for the Vauxhall Vivaro are two years or 25,000 miles.