Vauxhall Vivaro (2001–2014)

Last updated 3 September 2018

A pair of 2.0-litre turbodiesel engines take care of powering the Vauxhall Vivaro. They come in 90PS and 115PS forms with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard. There is also the choice of a six-speed Tecshift gearbox, which is the same as the Renault Trafic’s Quickshift semi-automatic transmission. Like the Renault, the Vauxhall’s makes sense if you spend a lot of time in ebb and flow city congestion, but it does increase the cost of buying the Vivaro without adding to the driving experience on more open roads.

Vauxhall also offers its Ecoflex technology with both engines, with it standard on the smaller power unit and an option for the manual gearbox-equipped 115PS motor. The 90PS engine is perfectly suited to town driving as it gets the Vivaro off the line smartly and without fuss, even when the load bay is packed with kit.

Move out and on to more open byways and the 90PS engine begins to show up its shortfall in low and medium grunt for hauling heavier loads around. It’s not so much the engine struggles, just that you feel it could do with a bit more oomph. However, like its 115PS sister motor, the 90PS engine remains smooth and refined, even when pressed hard to climb steep motorway inclines. Our only complaint here is the amount of wind noise from around the windscreen in all Vivaro models at speeds above the urban limit.

For this kind of driving, the 115PS engine is the one to choose. Like the 90PS unit, it’s a remarkably smooth engine and doesn’t make much in the way of intrusive noise in the cabin. Compared to many of its rivals, the Vivaro is a very hushed van to travel long distances in, which is surely part of the secret of this model’s sales longevity. Again, like the 90PS models, the 115PS engine has controls that are light to operate, so no muscle building is required before using the clutch and gearshift, even in heavy traffic conditions.

Just as the controls give your physical being an easy time, so does the Vivaro’s suspension. It’s surprisingly supple for a commercial vehicle and doesn’t deteriorate into wallow or excessive lean when the load bay is filled to its maximum capacity. In fact, the Vivaro is one of the most nimble and neat handling vans in its class, and further evidence of why this van has proved to be such a long running success.

Over all sorts of bumps and jarring surfaces, the Vauxhall remains composed and at ease. On top of this, the brakes are powerful and progressive. Completing the driving prowess of the Vauxhall Vivaro is light, accurate steering with power assistance. It makes short work of piloting the Vivaro around snaking city streets and guiding the van into parking spots where space is at a premium.

Engine Fuel tank MPG CO2
2.0CDT 90 ecoFLEX 5 90 L 41–42 mpg 175–180 g/km
2.0CDTi 115 5 90 L 35–39 mpg 190–210 g/km
2.0CDTi 115 Auto 5 90 L 36–39 mpg 188–205 g/km
2.0CDTi 115 ecoFLEX 5 90 L 41–42 mpg 175–180 g/km
2.0CDTi 115 ecoFLEX Euro 4 90 L 40 mpg 185 g/km
2.0CDTi 115 ecoFLEX limiter 5 90 L 43 mpg 174 g/km
2.0CDTi 115 Euro 4 90 L 39 mpg 195 g/km
2.0CDTi 115 Euro 4 Auto Euro 4 90 L 38–39 mpg 192–199 g/km
2.0CDTi 115 Euro 4 Euro 4 90 L 37–39 mpg 195–203 g/km
2.0CDTi 90 5 90 L 35–38 mpg 198–210 g/km
2.0CDTi 90 ecoFLEX Euro 4 Euro 4 90 L 40 mpg 185 g/km
2.0CDTi 90 Euro 4 90 L 39 mpg 195 g/km
2.0CDTi 90 Euro 4 Euro 4 90 L 37–39 mpg 195–203 g/km
2.0CDTi Auto Euro 4 90 L 34 mpg 220 g/km
2.0CDTi ecoFLEX Euro 4 Euro 4 90 L 40 mpg 185 g/km
2.0CDTi Euro 4 90 L 33 mpg 229 g/km
2.5CDTi Auto Euro 4 90 L 33–34 mpg 220–225 g/km
2.5CDTi Euro 4 90 L 33 mpg 229 g/km
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