Vauxhall Vivaro Electric Review 2024

Vauxhall Vivaro Electric At A Glance


+Improved electric range, good road manners, class-leading payload

-Modest cargo volume, sharp regenerative braking

Already the market leader for mid-size plug-in vans in the UK, the Vauxhall Vivaro Electric has been given a facelift and – more importantly – a much improved electric range. If you’re ready to make the switch to electric power it could very well be the van for you – read our full Vauxhall Vivaro Electric review to find out.

The Vauxhall Vivaro Electric has seen almost 5,000 new registrations up to 2024 and is heavily marketed to fleet users with Vauxhall currently holding an impressive 29% of the UK electric van market across its three electric models – the Vauxhall Combo Electric, Vauxhall Vivaro Electric and Vauxhall Movano Electric. But with a raft of recent revisions and a new, bigger battery and a longer range it now has greater appeal to private and small business users.

The latest version now benefits from a range of up to 217 miles (WLTP), an increase of 12 miles over the outgoing model. Its 75kWh battery can be charged using the standard 7.4kW onboard charger (an 11kW charger is optional), while a 5-80% charge takes a very competitive 45 minutes at a 100kW public charger. A unique feature in the market is its ‘e-Power Take-off Unit’, which can be used to supply smaller tools or fridge units for cooled vans with power from the main battery.

It has the same load space as the standard diesel Vauxhall Vivaro because the batteries are neatly installed under the floor and the electric motor is under the bonnet, where the engine would be on a diesel model.

Total power output is 134bhp, with a top speed of 84mph. There are two trim levels: Prime and Pro and GS.

As standard, the Vauxhall Vivaro Electric is equipped with a 10-inch HD touchscreen with wireless smartphone mirroring and Vauxhall Connect data services. The infotainment can also be operated through voice recognition and the steering wheel-mounted audio controls. Key driving information is displayed in a 10-inch digital instrument cluster, while paddle shifters now allow drivers to choose from three levels of regenerative braking, the most powerful of which will restore kinetic energy to the battery while slowing the van to walking pace.

Prime trim includes a wide range of safety and driver assist features, such as a full-height steel bulkhead, rear parking sensors, intelligent speed assistance, lane keep assist and driver attention alert. Pro trim adds Vauxhall’s new Dynamic Surround View, which includes a digital rear view mirror and passenger side camera, blind spot detection, flank guard detection of fixed obstacles, a 180-degree rear parking camera and front and rear parking sensors.

Other additions on Pro trim include an upgraded infotainment system with satellite navigation, ECO LED “Intellilux” self-dipping headlights and front fog lights. Visual enhancements include 17-inch steel wheels with full-diameter wheel trims (or optional 17-inch alloy wheels), body-colour front and rear bumpers, side-mouldings and door handles. A FlexCargo load-through bulkhead, power-folding door mirrors and fold-flat centre seat backrest provide a flat work surface, tool.

The van comes with a three-year 100,000-mile warranty, with an eight-year 100,000-mile warranty on the battery pack. Three years roadside assistance is also included. 

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