Vauxhall Vivaro (2014–2019)

Last updated 31 July 2019

This Vivaro has a very similar profile to the original one which means a near identical cargo area layout. This is good news for owners of the previous Vivaro who can transfer any racking or accessories to this new version, without the need for conversions. As before it has a wide floor and near vertical sides, but it's not merely the same load area - it is in fact slightly longer by 100mm while the overall payload capacity has increased to 1281kg, which means the standard L1 model can now carry three Euro pallets.

One clever feature is the FlexCargo bulkhead which allows longer items, such as pipes or planks of wood to be carried without having the rear doors open. Neat hatches in the base of the bulkhead and below the front bench seat allow items up to 4.15 metres to be loaded through into the passenger footwell.

The rear doors have been improved and feel more robust while the left hand door can now be locked separately, if you do have to carry overhanging cargo. The side and rear door handles are now horizontal making them easier to open 90° or swung through to 165° by releasing the simple door stops. 

In the load area the floor has been lowered to make loading easier and there are eight or 10 floor-mounted lashing points as standard - depending on which vehicle length you choose - while 10 sidewall lashing eyes at half height are also available. Load volumes vary between 5.2m3 and 8.6m3 while a range of Vauxhall in-house factory-built load protection and load security options are also available.

Alongside the standard panel van, there is a Combi version which provides seating for eight passengers in three rows plus there's a Double Cab model which has seating for the driver and up to five passengers with a strong bulkhead between seating and the cargo area. 

When it came to the interior, Vauxhall asked current Vivaro drivers what they wanted from the new van. The answer? Make it be more car-like to use. So it's no surprise to see much improved comfort and refinement. Getting comfortable behind the wheel is easy thanks to good reach and height adjustment on the steering wheel which has a more upright angle.

The seats are a big improvement too with all vans coming with six-way adjustment, lumbar support and an armrest as standard. The bulkhead has been redesigned so that you can now actually adjust the backrest, even with the seat slid far back. It means that taller drivers don't have to have a near vertical seat back. The cabin is certainly more spacious and passengers get more legroom than in a Transit Custom.

The simple and clear instrument dials are far more modern than before and dominated by a large digital speedometer, so you know exactly what speed you're travelling it. Useful in 30mph zones through town. The steering wheel has a quality feel to it and on Sportive models has leather trim plus there is plenty of storage with various cupholders, a large glovebox, deep door pockets and a dash top cubby with a lid.

It's not perfect though, the glovebox cannot be locked and the DAB stereo feels cheap with fiddly controls and menus. Sportive models get a much better and easier to use system, but some of the switches and controls have been carried over from the old Vivaro and look a bit dated already but that aside, it feels a very well built and durable cabin.

Dimensions
Version Length Width Height Wheelbase
Minibus 9-seat LWB 5398 mm 1956 mm 1971 mm 3498 mm
Minibus 9-seat SWB 4998 mm 1956 mm 1971 mm 3098 mm
Panel Crew Cab LWB 4998–5398 mm 1956 mm 1971 mm 3098–3498 mm
Panel Crew Cab SWB 4998 mm 1956 mm 1971 mm 3098 mm
Panel Van High Roof LWB 4998–5398 mm 1956 mm 1971 mm 3098–3498 mm
Panel Van LWB 5398 mm 1956 mm 1971 mm 3498 mm
Panel Van SWB 4998 mm 1956 mm 1971 mm 3098 mm
Platform Cab 5398 mm 1956 mm 1971 mm 3498 mm
Loadspace
Version Length Width Height Volume
Minibus 9-seat LWB 2937 mm 1662 mm 1387 mm 6.0 m3
Minibus 9-seat SWB 2537 mm 1662 mm 1387 mm 5.2 m3
Panel Crew Cab LWB 2537–2937 mm 1662 mm 1387 mm 5.2–6.0 m3
Panel Crew Cab SWB 2537 mm 1662 mm 1387 mm 5.2 m3
Panel Van High Roof LWB 2537–2937 mm 1662 mm 1387 mm 5.2–6.0 m3
Panel Van LWB 2937 mm 1662 mm 1387 mm 6.0 m3
Panel Van SWB 2537 mm 1662 mm 1387 mm 5.2 m3
Platform Cab 2937 mm 1662 mm 1387 mm 6.0 m3
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