Vauxhall's all-new five-door entry-level Viva will cost from £7995 and will go on sale this summer

The Vauxhall Viva city car will cost from £7995 when it goes on sale this summer.

Vauxhall claims to be “full of character” and will come in a five-door body style with one engine option.

The 3.68m-long Viva is said by Vauxhall parent GM to provide “more than enough room for five people”. The entry-level trim level is SE, with SE Air Con, SE ecoFLEX versions with the SL topping out the range. Claimed fuel economy is 62.8mpg.

All models will get a high level of standard equipment, including tyre pressure monitoring, lane departure warning, hill start assist, cornering brake control, cruise control and front foglights. 

As the name suggests, the air conditioning is standard on the SE Air Con, while SE ecoFLEX models get a front and rear spoilers and low-rolling resistance tyres to help it achieve 65.7mpg, CO2 emissions of 99g/km and a saving of £20 per year in road tax over the standard car. The ecoFlex will cost £8170.

SL models get electronic climate control, plusher seats, leather steering wheel and 15in wheels. Further options include heated seats, parking sensors and a glass electric-sliding sunroof.

All models are powered by a naturally aspirated version of GM’s new 1.0-litre, three-cylinder Ecotec engine. Rated at 74bhp, it is said by Vauxhall to have been specially developed for the Viva and is mated to a five-speed gearbox.

Vauxhall says the Viva’s chassis has been tuned for “exceptional safety and comfort”. It’s equipped with electronic stability control, traction control and hill start assist. The power steering has a City mode, which reduces driver effort.

Options will include lane departure warning, park assist, cruise control, a sunroof, foglights and heating for the front seats and steering wheel. The Viva will also get GM’s IntelliLink multimedia system, which integrates with Apple and Android smartphones.

Vauxhall chairman and managing director Tim Tozer said: “Short, crisp and full of character, Vauxhall’s new entry-level model is a ‘proper’ small car and will hold great appeal in this rapidly growing sector.”

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Vauxhall Viva
Vauxhall Viva 1.0 SE is priced from £7995

Luton's new city car revives a 50-year-old nameplate

10 September 2014
.....sat down and said : 'ooh I'd love a Vauxhall'? If so, why?


10 September 2014
Why do Brits use Upcoming? That is American. We have a perfectly good English word "Forthcoming" which has worked for years. Why change to make your self sound American? Do you think it is cool?

 

 
 
 

10 September 2014
Yawn, Yawn, Yawn
This is Vauxhall's attempt at heritage dredging.
The Viva was an awful car...........
dull dull

10 September 2014
Good idea to replace the Agila with this one but surprising that a 5 door Adam seems not to be in prospect

10 September 2014
The Viva was ok in 1963. Competing against the Ford Anglia, Austin and Morris 1100 and the Hillman Imp it was fine. However, changing the badge on the next generation Spark to Vauxhall instead of Chevrolet and calling it a Viva won't exactly set the motoring world on fire. I'll give it a look at my nearest Vauxhall dealer, although showing any interest there means that the sales person becomes like your own personal stalker. Perhaps a new Viva will take me back to 1963 when I had more hair and less weight. Happy days! Oh and by the way I think the Latin for live long is Vivat!

10 September 2014
for city car money, less than most city cars in some cases, if the adverts in my local paper are anything to go by. Would I really want something built down to an even lower price point for similar money?

10 September 2014
...then it would be all well and good, but the number of these so-called "city cars" that you see being thrashed up and down the motorway with their tiny little engines being revved to death to reach 90 and their tiny little wheels offering too little traction or safety for such speeds make me think they're not a very good idea at all.

However much this Viva costs I would be willing to bet that for the same money it would be possible to buy a one or two year old sub-15k miles Astra in SRi, SE or maybe even Elite spec for the same money.

10 September 2014
@ turtleGerald: The fact that you can buy a year old Astra for the price of a "City Car" misses the point. Cars like the Hyundai i10, Citroen C1 and hopefully the Viva are capable of so much more than city driving. They're cheap to buy, tax, insure and fuel and hold their value. And they're much more fun to drive than the average "family hatch". The fact that you see examples for sale with mega miles shows they are robust too.
Personally I think the Viva name is just fine, much better than the Adam I'd say, though it probably doesn't work so well as an Opel. The only thing that confuses me is that Vauxhall doesn't seem to know if it wants to be a budget brand or a premium one and this new Viva further confuses the issue.

10 September 2014
The article states:

The Viva name means "long live" in Latin, and pays homage to Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port facility - which built the original Viva from 1963 to 1979. The new Viva will be built at the site.

But the last line is incorrect, it's going to be built in Korea.

10 September 2014
My 1967 HB Viva was an excellent car, White with Red vinyl interior and twin bucket seats in the back, as it was the SL model ! Okay, I may be looking back with Rose tinted glasses, but it was my first car back in 1980. Unfortunately this sentiment does not make me want to buy, what is likely to be a thinly disguised Chevrolet. If you are going to bring back names from your heritage, then the product needs to be worthy of such use. Unfortunately, as much as GM do not seem to understand the word Premium they also seem to lack any understanding of heritage.

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