Vauxhall Vivaro (2019–)

Last updated 26 June 2019

The third-generation Vauxhall Vivaro is one of the heavy hitters in the medium van market when it comes to payload, with its 1450kg putting among the very best. Gross vehicle weights range from 2635kg - 3100kg, depending on spec, while towing weights peak at 2500kg. 

The Vivaro is available in two sizes (L1 and L2) and the smallest will carry two Euro pallets, while the larger version will carry three Euro pallets.

All versions get twin side sliding doors as standard that will take a Euro pallet sideways. However, while the side doors are wide, the sliding mechanism feels cheap and lightweight. This means the door rattles heavily if it's opened with any force. 

While the Vivaro will carry 200kg more than its predecessor, the maximum load area has actually been cut from 8.6 to 5.8 cubic metres. This means it does not have as much loadspace and some users might find it less practical when it comes to bulky items or internal load area racking. In comparison the Ford Transit Custom provides up to 7.2 cubic metres while the Volkswagen Transporter supplies up to 9.3.

The limits in overall load space are caused by the fact that the Vivaro has no optional high roof option, with its load height being a flat 1397mm. The rear doors open to provide a load width of 1282mm in width and 1220mm in height. 

The Vivaro's practicality can be bolstered with an optional load through hatch that extends the load space to 6.6 cubic metres for L2 models and 5.8 cubic metres (up from 5.3) in the smallest L1 version. The van can also be fitted with an electronically operated side doors, which can be opened hands-free thanks to an optional sensor in the side of the van that's activated with the kicking motion of a foot. 

Crew cab versions will carry six adults, although the passenger in the front middle seat will find legroom cramped due to the location of the gearbox. The rear seats can be folded away with the optional moveable bulkhead.

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