Vauxhall Vivaro Review 2024

Vauxhall Vivaro At A Glance


+Good to drive, useful load area, strong payload

-Lower models lack spec, smaller than some rivals, only one roof height

The Vauxhall Vivaro is a popular van for a reason and now heavily revised, the latest version is even more convincing than ever – but how does it measure up to its rivals in the increasingly busy medium van market? Read our full Vauxhall Vivaro review to find out if it fits the bill for you.

Going head-to-head with the latest generation Ford Transit Custom is no mean feat, with the UK’s best-seller being top of its class is many areas. But while the Ford dominates the UK market, across Europe it’s the Stellantis Group mid-sizer that leads the medium LCV market, with the Vauxhall Vivaro, Peugeot Expert, Citroen Dispatch and Fiat Scudo combined having the greatest market share.

The four vans are broadly the same – they use the same choice of bodies (two body lengths, plus a crew van and a chassis cab option) but each has a few differences to set it apart.

In the UK, it’s the Vauxhall Vivaro that’s the most popular, due in no small part to the brand’s large dealer network and vast fleet presence – but whilst the bulk of Vauxhall Vivaros may well be sold to those who buy in large multiples, there’s still a very convincing case for the van among SMEs and private users, not least because it’s good value, easy-to-drive and has a decent reliability record.

Heavily revised in March 2024, the latest Vauxhall Vivaro is more refined than ever with an extensively revised cabin, improved tech and a new-style front end with Vauxhall’s distinctive ‘Vizor’ frontal styling replacing the traditional grille, while the Vauxhall’s standout feature over its sister vans is the use of full-LED matrix ‘Intellilux’ headlights, which adapt their beam pattern to road conditions and automatically dip so as not to blind oncoming motorists. If you do a lot of driving at night, it’s a really useful feature and could be enough to swing the purchase of a Vauxhall Vivaro in your favour.

The mid-size Vivaro is built in Luton and is available in two lengths with a payload of up to 1.4 tonnes. It has three diesel engine options alongside the plug-in Vauxhall Vivaro Electric, which is reviewed separately.

The cheapest of the diesels is a 120PS 1.5-litre with a six-speed manual gearbox, with more powerful variants using a 2.0-litre unit with 145PS or 180PS. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard on the lower powered model, with an eight-speed auto standard on the most powerful derivative. Two trim levels are offered – Prime and Pro.

All versions come with a three-year, 100,000-mile warranty.

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