Vauxhall has brought the Viva back 0
The Viva fever is back after a 36-year hiatus. Vauxhall has released a new entry-level car to its range, but you may know the name already.
The Viva was first launched in 1963 and it was a hit with the public, who were searching for value for money. The original Viva sold a huge 1.5 million units during its 16 year run and now it’s ready to make its comeback.
Like the original, the new Viva is only available in one engine size – a 1.0-litre. But don’t let that put you off. It still boasts good performance and is perfect for first time buyers and those who drive regularly around the city.
The new Viva achieves a top speed of 106mph, with 75bhp, and making the 0-62mph drive in 13.1 seconds. A good fuel economy figure of 62.8mpg and just 104g/km of CO2 emissions, although the ecoFlex version will improve both of those and give you 65.7mpg and only 99g/km of CO2.
Buyers are offered two trim levels, the entry-level SE and the slightly more expensive SL. Both come equipped with an excellent range of standard features, especially considering the low price. The Viva is yet to have an automatic transmission available, but that is expected to reach dealers in January 2016.
The SE has cruise control with speed limiters, daytime running headlights, electric front windows and side mirrors, hill start assist, and a trip computer as standard. The SL offers a few more attractive features, including Bluetooth music streaming, electronic climate control, USB connection, leather coated steering wheel, and 15-inch alloys.
The new Viva, like its predecessor, is a simple car. It’s got a lot of kit included for the price, which makes it excellent value for money and the engine size suits city drivers. This would be a car for a new driver, who has a bit of money to splash, or possibly for an older driver looking for their last car. The drive is smooth and the new sculptured design is attractive to look at. The new Viva is offered in 10 colours, and all feature the classic Vauxhall grille and large headlights.
The entry-level SE starts at £8,395 and the SL begins at £9,495. Both models are available to test drive and purchase from your local Vauxhall dealer today.