Vauxhall Viva (2015-present)

The Vauxhall Viva is a city-friendly car with a good level of standard equipment

Strengths & Weaknesses


Good value
Well equipped
Cheap to run


Weak performance
Interior plastics feel cheap
Only one engine choice
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Vauxhall Viva Hatchback 1.0 sl 5dr easytronic

Total RRP £11,550

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Those old enough to remember the 1960s will fondly recall the sight of flared trousers on the high street, G.I Joe toys in shop windows, the Beatles on the wireless and the original Vauxhall Viva on the roads. It started life as a small but well-packaged family saloon and sold more than 1.5 million units as a result, but Vauxhall consigned the name to the history books when the model ceased production in the late 70s.

However, the company recently revived the Viva badge for its first foray into the popular but hotly contested city car market, where the likes of Hyundai's i10, Citroen's C1 and Volkswagen's popular Up! models ply their trade.

Vauxhall's offering starts at just £8,395, with even the most basic models squeezing five-seats, electric front windows, cruise control and a basic media system that boasts a USB port for smartphones and MP3 players, as well Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free phone calls.

Spend an extra £1,100 and you'll be treated to climate control, alloy wheels, dark tinted rear windows and Vauxhall's latest OnStar service, which allows users to speak to an operator at a UK-based call centre for directions or even recommendations on local hotels and restaurants. It also automatically alerts the emergency services with a location and brief diagnostics report should the worst happen.

Only one engine exists in the model line-up and that's a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder petrol offering that develops 74bhp. A more frugal ecoFLEX version is available, which improves
fuel consumption and lowers the CO2 figure by adding low rolling resistance tyres and aerodynamic bodywork. The result is a car that and dips below 100g/km CO2, which means it also avoids car tax.

The new Viva may not have sold 1.5million units just yet but it will make a great companion for those living in busy or congested areas. Great visibility, a smooth gear change and an engine that offers a swift turn of pace at the lights are major plus points but the lack of grunt, excessive tyre roar and spartan interior will likely grate on longer journeys.

Last Updated 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 08:00

Key facts 

3 years / 60,000 miles
Boot size: 
206 litres
Tax (min to max): 
From A (free) to B (£0 in first year and £20 thereafter)

Best Vauxhall Viva for... 

Vauxhall Viva SE ecoFLEX 1.0i 75PS 5dr hatchback
The addition of efficient tyres and extra aerodynamic bodywork ensure the engine avoids tax, saving you money every year.
Vauxhall Viva SE 1.0i 75PS 5dr hatchback
The basic cars come in at an extremely reasonable £8,395 but still boast electric front windows, remote central locking and cruise control.
Vauxhall Viva 1.0i 75PS Easytronic 5dr hatchback
The slow-shifting automatic gearbox just doesn't compliment the already lethargic engine in this package. Stick with the manual for the most engaging drive.

Vauxhall Viva History 

  • 2015 The modern version of the Vauxhall Viva goes on sale

Understanding Vauxhall Viva car names 

  • Viva
  • Trim level
  • Engine
    1.0i 75PS
  • Gearbox
    5-speed manual
  • Trim level
    There are three trims in total (SE, SE ecoFLEX and SL). Each higher level means more equipment and a larger price.
  • Engine
    Only one engine is available and that's a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder petrol. The horsepower is shown, which can also be written as PS. EcoFLEX models get reduced CO2 figures and an improved MPG figure thanks to added spoilers and ultra-low rolling resistance tyres.
  • Gearbox
    5-speed shows that the car has five gears. A five-speed automatic transmission is also available and this is labelled Easytronic.

Vauxhall Viva Engines 

Petrol: 1.0i 75PS

The fact that Vauxhall only offers one engine in the line-up is a good indication of its intended uses. The 74bhp engine is nippy around town and offers good pace off the lights but it isn't particularly comfortable at motorway speeds.

Those looking to reduce fuel and tax bills should look towards the ecoFlex models, which cleverly use ultra-low rolling resistance tyres and some additional body addenda to improve the vehicle's overall aerodynamics in order to dip below the coveted 100g/km CO2 mark.

A lack of diesel options will likely put off some buyers but considering the Viva has been designed for short hops around town, the small petrol offered here is the perfect companion. Not only do diesel drivers have to rack up the miles to reap the benefits of the black pumps, but most modern diesels also use a diesel particulate filter (DPF), which traps dangerous particles in the exhaust.

Every now and again these particles must be burnt off to prevent filter blockage and the only way to do this is to drive at motorway speeds for at least 20-miles so the filter gets hot enough to perform properly. Not suitable if regular short journeys are on the cards.





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1.0i 75PS






1.0i 75PS ecoFLEX






Vauxhall Viva Trims 

SE, SE ecoFLEX and SL

SE models kick off the range and highlights include: Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), tyre pressure monitoring system, lane departure warning, ISOFIX child seat restraint system for outer rear seats, cruise control, a Bluetooth enabled stereo with aux-in and USB compatibility and steering wheel mounted audio controls.

Be warned, these base models don't come with air-conditioning, that's an expensive optional extra at £495 but some SE models will be labelled A/C, which means it has been fitted as part of the list price.

Starting at £9,495, SL models receive Vauxhall's OnStar service, electronic climate control, two-tone grey facia, a leather-covered steering wheel, dark-tinted rear windows and attractive 15-inch alloy wheels.

Parking sensors can be added to all models for an additional £275, as can an electrically operated glass sunroof for £500. Electrically operated rear windows can only be added to SL models and cost £150. All prices are inclusive of VAT.

Vauxhall also offers a winter pack to both SE and SL models, which adds electrically heated front seats and a heated steering wheel, adding an extra layer of comfort on those chilly winter mornings.

Vauxhall Viva Reliability and warranty 

The Vauxhall Viva hasn't been around long enough to place in the Auto Express Driver Power customer-satisfaction survey but the brand as a whole tends to place a long way behind its rivals in terms of build quality, reliability and running costs. For comparison, the Hyundai i10, which is considered the Viva's hottest rival, placed an impressive third overall in our 2015 Driver Power Survey.

Warranty-wise, it’s a fairly standard three years or 60,000 miles of cover – whichever runs out first. Unfortunately, it's not as extensive as Hyundai's impressive five warranty, which is worth considering if you plan to keep the car for any length of time.

Used Vauxhall Viva 

Due to the fact that it is barely a year old, the number of used or nearly new models available to purchase remains small but expect that to change in the coming years. Regardless, nearly new models with less than 5,000 miles on the clock can be snatched up for under £7,000, which equates to a saving of nearly £1,300 on a brand new car.



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Vauxhall Viva Prices

Vauxhall Viva SL

1.0 sl 5dr easytronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 62.8mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £10,940

You could save up to: £610