Vauxhall Vivaro (2019–)

Last updated 26 June 2019

Vivaro vans have always had a reputation for being easy and somewhat car-like to drive. And very little changes with the third-generation van, thanks to its agile handling, punchy engines and responsive steering.

The all-diesel line-up is split between 1.5 and 2.0 turbocharged four-cylinder engines, while power outputs span 100PS, 120PS, 150PS and 180PS. The range-topping 180PS unit is the only engine to get the option of an eight-speed automatic torque converter gearbox, while a six-speed manual transmission is the sole choice on all other engines.

The 120PS 1.5-litre Vivaro is the sweet spot in the range, with 300Nm of torque providing plenty of low-gear acceleration for hauling moderate loads up to one-tonne. The 120PS version is also the most-efficient, with advertised WLTP figures peaking at 47mpg. Drivers who plan to utilise the Vivaro's 1450kg maximum payload might want to upgrade to the 150PS version of the 2.0-litre engine. Only businesses that need a heavy duty tow van will need to spend extra on the 180PS version. 

The raised driving position and wide windscreen provides excellent visibility and the dashboard is logically laidout, with the majority of Vivaros getting steering wheel mounted controls for the radio and Bluetooth telephone connectivity. The agile nature of the van's handling  makes it easy to guide it into a parking space, while the 12 metre turning circle makes it easy to navigate narrow streets. 

Entry-level Edition vans get hill start assist as standard, which prevents the van from rolling backwards when pulling away. But essentials like air conditioning and anti-theft alarm will cost extra. We'd recommend upgrading to the mid-spec Sportive model, which gets both, along with rear parking sensors and the bulkhead load through hatch.

Range-topping Elite versions of the Vivaro add touchscreen navigation, electric door mirrors and a blind spot monitoring system that will warn the driver if a vehicle is hidden from view alongside the van. The options list has a raft of smart tech, including a virtual rearview camera image that can be displayed either on the interior mirror or on the seven-inch infotainment display. The van will also prompt the driver to take a break after two hours of non-stop driving, or by monitoring the driving behaviour.

Drivers who regularly navigate rough or winter roads can fit an all-road pack, which increases ground clearance and adds IntelliGrip smart traction control allows the van to cope with mud, sand or snow. 

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