Vauxhall Vivaro (2014–2019)

Last updated 31 July 2019

The big difference you notice between this and the previous Vivaro is noise. Or rather lack of it. Thanks to the new 1.6-litre diesel engine, the Vivaro is impressively quiet. And it's not just down to good sound insulation either, stand outside and the engine doesn't clatter on start-up, instead it idles quietly. Your neighbours will certainly appreciate that on those early starts.

The 1.6-litre engine is available in various versions. The two standard models have 90PS or 115PS. The latter should provide more than enough power for most with 300Nm of torque that's available from 1750rpm. It pulls strongly enough, even with a few hundred kilos on board, without becoming coarse or noisy while official economy is 43.5mpg.

The two other models are both BiTurbo diesels, which boosts power to 120PS while the top variant has 140PS. With both a small and a large turbocharger, these provide sprightly pace. At low engine revs, the smaller turbo means a fast throttle response while the larger turbo kicks in at higher revs for greater high-end horsepower. With 320Nm and 340Nm of torque these are the choice if you've got weight to carry or a trailer to tow.

But there is another reason for choosing the BiTurbo models - economy. Despite having more power, they are both impressively efficient, helped by an engine start/stop function. In fact the 120PS model is the most frugal in the Vivaro range with a claimed 47.9mpg and CO2 of 155g/km. Thanks to its 80-litre fuel tank that gives the Vivaro a theoretical range of 840 miles.

On the move the Vivaro has a very car-like feel, helped by the lack of noise and vibration through the cabin. The driving position is very good and the improved mirrors mean manoeuvering into tight spots for deliveries is easy. One useful extra is a wide angled mirror built into the passenger sun visor which helps you at blind junctions. All models also come with hill start assist as standard, again a useful feature to make life easier.

Along with improved refinement, the Vivaro now also rides better, especially when unladen. It's smooth and quiet over rough roads while with a decent cargo weight in the back, it's still agile enough in corners, albeit not quite as good to drive as the Transit Custom. The steering is a little on the light side, but that has benefits in tight spots while the gear change has a positive and easy shift action.

All Vivaro models have 25,000 mile, two-year service intervals and come with a three-year, 100,000 mile warranty, although strangely the Renault Trafic has a four-year warranty as standard.

Engine Fuel tank MPG CO2
1.6 CDTi 115 5 80 L 43–44 mpg 170–174 g/km
1.6 CDTi 90 5 80 L 43–44 mpg 170–174 g/km
1.6 CDTI 90 5 80 L 43 mpg 174 g/km
1.6 CDTi BiTurbo ecoFLEX 120 5 80 L 40–48 mpg 155–185 g/km
1.6 CDTI BiTurbo ecoFLEX 120 5 80 L 40 mpg 185 g/km
1.6 CDTi BiTurbo ecoFLEX 125 5 80 L 50 mpg 149 g/km
1.6 CDTi BiTurbo ecoFLEX 140 5 80 L 46–46 mpg 160–164 g/km
1.6 CDTI BiTurbo ecoFLEX 140 5 80 L 40 mpg 185 g/km
1.6 CDTi ecoFLEX 90 5 80 L 46–46 mpg 160–164 g/km
1.6 CDTi ecoFLEX 95 5 80 L 45 mpg 164 g/km
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