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VAUXHALL VIVARO L1 DIESEL

2700 1.5d 120PS Sportive H1 Van

VAUXHALL VIVARO L1 DIESEL

2700 1.5d 120PS Sportive H1 Van

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Optional Extras

Driver Convenience

Exterior Features

Interior Features

Paintwork

Trim

Wheels

Key Features

Standard Equipment

Technical Data

Review

Fuel Type
Fuel Type Diesel
Transmission
Transmission Manual
Top Speed
Top Speed 106 mph
Torque
Torque 221 lbs/f
MPG
MPG 58.90
Co2
Co2 125.00 g/km

Driver Convenience

  • Driver drowsiness system
  • Instrumentation - Speedometer, rev counter, fuel gauge with low fuel warning light and coolant temperature warning light
  • Multi function trip computer, trip odometer, vehicle range, average speed, driving time, average and instantaneous fuel economy
  • PAS
  • Vauxhall connect box

Entertainment

  • Steering column mounted audio controls and flexible roof mounted aerial

Exterior Features

  • Chrome front grille
  • Electric front windows with one touch up/down facility
  • Electrically adjustable + heated door mirrors
  • Front cornering lights
  • Front fog lights
  • Halogen headlights
  • Lights on audible warning, reversing light, hazard warning, rear fog light, high level brake light and side repeat indicator
  • Unglazed nearside and offside sliding side access door

Interior Features

  • Cab soundproofing
  • Curitiba cloth upholstery with vinyl side bolsters
  • Facia storage-upper glovebox, open lower glovebox with 12v socket and aux-in ,lower shelf, A4 storage on top, two drink holders, pocket in gear lever
  • Fixed floor mounted load restraint lashing eyes x6
  • FlexCargo load through bulkhead
  • Fold flat centre seat backrest
  • Front door pockets
  • Reach and rake adj steering wheel, facia mounted gear lever, floor mounted handbrake lever, cab headliner, inertia reel lap and diagonal seatbelt

Packs

  • Appearance pack - Vivaro L1
  • Visibility Pack - Vivaro

Safety

  • Driver airbag and front passenger airbag with deactivation switch
  • Height adjustable outer front seatbelts

Security

  • Electronic engine deadlock immobiliser, steering column lock, lockable fuel filler cap and anti theft spare wheel cradle
  • Remote control door locking, selective door locking, two keys with integral remote and door deadlocks
  • Security alarm system with monitors doors, tailgate, bonnet and the passenger compartment

Technical

  • 22.5 litres AdBlue tank
  • Electronic brake force distribution
  • Four channel Anti lock braking system
  • Hill start assist

Emissions - ICE

  • CO2
    125
  • HC
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    177
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH
    182
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL
    175

Engine and Drive Train

  • Automatic Transmission
    No
  • Bore
    75
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1499
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Engine Codes
    DV5RUC
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Engine Make
    Not Available
  • Fuel Delivery
    DIRECT INJECTION TURBO INTERCOOLER
  • Fuel Type
    DIESEL
  • Gears
    6 SPEED
  • Manual Transmission
    Yes
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Stroke
    84.8
  • Valve gear
    DOHC

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC
    No
  • EC Combined
    60.1
  • EC Extra Urban
    61.4
  • EC Urban
    56.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    6.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH
    7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL
    6.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    41.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH
    40.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL
    42.1

General

  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicles safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.5
  • Badge Power
    120
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Battery Volts
    12
  • Clutch
    SINGLE DRY PLATE
  • Coin Description
    Not Available
  • Coin Gross Vehicle Weight Code
    Not Available
  • Coin Power Output Code
    Not Available
  • Coin Series
    Not Available
  • Coin Wheelbase Description Code
    Not Available
  • Coin Wheelbase Name Code
    Not Available
  • Exhaust System
    CATALYTIC CONVERTER
  • Front Suspension
    MACPHERSON STRUTS
  • Generation Mark
    2
  • Ghost model for valuation purposes
    No
  • Insurance Group 1
    Not Available
  • Insurance Group 2
    Not Available
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    6
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    6
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - LCV
    Silver
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    42
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    24
  • Service Interval Mileage
    25000
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    Unlimited
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Steering
    PAS RACK AND PINION
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
    72
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage
    100000
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    N1

Performance

  • BHP
    120
  • Engine Power KW
    88
  • Engine Power RPM
    3500
  • Engine Torque LBS.FT
    221
  • Engine Torque MKG
    30.6
  • Engine Torque NM
    300
  • Engine Torque RPM
    1750
  • Top Speed
    106

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    No
  • Automatic Clutch
    No
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    215/65R16
  • Tyre Size Rear
    215/65R16
  • Tyre Size Spare
    FULL SIZE
  • Wheel Style
    Not Available
  • Wheel Type
    16" STEEL

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Front Overhang
    881
  • Height
    1904
  • Length
    4959
  • Load Deck Height
    544
  • Load Height
    1397
  • Load Length
    2512
  • Load Space Width Between Wheel Arches
    1258
  • Load Width
    1636
  • Lower Rear Door Width
    1282
  • Rear Door Height
    1220
  • Rear Overhang
    803
  • Side Load Door Height
    1241
  • Side Load Door Width
    935
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    12.4
  • Upper Rear Door Width
    1282
  • Wheelbase
    3275
  • Width (excluding mirrors)
    1920
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2204

Weight and Capacities

  • Boot Capacity Saloons
    Not Available
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    70
  • Gross Train Weight
    4660
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2660
  • Load Space Volume
    5.3
  • Max. Roof Load
    170
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    2000
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1581
  • No. of Seats
    3
  • Payload
    1079
  • Plated 2nd Axle
    1500
  • Plated Front Axle
    1500

Overview

Vauxhall campaigns in the super-large MPV market with this model, the Vivaro Life. Jonathan Crouch looks at what's on offer.

Background

If you need a family MPV, then you'll need room for a family's luggage. The problem is, a merely 'large' People Carrier like, say, a Ford Galaxy or a Volkswagen Sharan, can't provide room for seven people's-worth of luggage, unless you add on a roof box. All of which might drive you towards a van-based super-large MPV model. These tend to be quite expensive - or at least they are in the case of models like the Volkswagen Caravelle and the Mercedes V-Class. A few years back though, the PSA Group introduced Citroen SpaceTourer and Peugeot Traveller models that provided a more affordable route into super-large MPV motoring. They shared this design with Toyota, who created the Proace Verso from it. And when Vauxhall also became part of Peugeot/Citroen's industrial conglomerate, the Griffin brand too was able to offer such a model. This is it; the Vivaro Life.

Driving Experience

The Vivaro Life is more agile than you might expect a super-large MPV to be, primarily thanks to the light, stiff 'EMP2' platform that Vauxhall's Stellantis Group ownership has dictated it must have. There's a relatively nimble feeling through the turns for a big People Carrier, helped by quite a low centre of gravity and steering that, though not especially feelsome, responds quite quickly to inputs. There's a choice of two main diesel engines, a 1.5-litre unit offered with 120PS and manual transmission. And the 2.0-litre powerplant we'd recommend, available with either 140PS and manual transmission or 180PS with an 8-speed auto. The alternative is an all-electric Vivaro-e Life battery-powered model, which has a 136hp electric motor powered by a 50kWh battery pack offering a (rather restricted) 143 mile driving range. Refinement has been a priority with all versions of this design, as has ride quality thanks to load-sensitive shock absorbers and a so-called 'passive' suspension system that adjusts springing and damping as required, depending on the road surface. Plus this model feels quite manoeuvrable. Testers who'd found the sheer size of some other big MPVs in this segment a little daunting when dealing with narrow country lanes and squeezing through gaps in the traffic were, we found, much more easily able to acclimatise to a Vivaro Life. The bonnet's set quite high, but the nose has a squared-off shape that we've found during our testing programme makes this Vauxhall easy to place in tight urban situations.

Design and Build

This Vivaro Life certainly doesn't shout 'school bus' in terms of the way it looks. Well it doesn't in top 'Elite' form anyway. Vauxhall also offers a base 'Edition' version which has much more of a minibus vibe. Car-like design elements include a sharply angled windscreen and smart frontal treatment. Under the skin, this MPV utilises the PSA Group's acclaimed 'Efficient Modular Platform 2' (EMP2) as the basis to combine its relatively compact exterior dimensions with maximum roominess. Inside, his model can offer up to 9 spacious seats with 1,500 litres of boot space - or up to 4,900-litres of luggage space if you take out the removable seats. The Vivaro Life is available in two defined lengths, 'M' and 'XL', measuring in at either 4.95m or 5.30m. At the top of the range, the 'Elite' version gets hands-free electric sliding side doors which can be activated with a wave of the foot. All versions are usually 7-seaters. However, on an 'Edition' model, there's the no-cost option of a three-person front bench seat that will make this Vauxhall a 9-seater. On the 'Elite', there's the option of two individual second row chairs that will make this a 6-seater.

Market and Model

Prices range in the £35,000 to £50,000 bracket and two main trim levels are available - 'Edition' and 'Elite', both available with either the 'Medium' or the 'Long' body styles. the Vivaro-e Life BEV model (priced from around £32,500 after deduction of the government's Plug-in Car Grant) comes only in 'Long' form. With conventional power, 'Edition'-spec is offered with the 120PS 1.5-litre diesel engine. The 'Elite' comes with a couple of 2.0-litre diesels, either a 140PS variant with a manual gearbox or a 180PS version with an 8-speed auto. With the 'Edition', there's a premium of around £300 to upgrade from the standard 'Medium' body shape to the lengthened 'Long' version. With the 'Elite. The premium for the 'Long' body style is around £1,000. Even base-spec 'Edition' models get a DAB radio, Bluetooth 'phone connectivity, cruise control with a variable speed limiter, central locking with selective door locking and deadlocks, powered heated mirrors, a multi-function trip computer, a USB port and front electric windows. Latest generation electronic driving assistance devices include a 'driving time warning system', 'Driver Attention Alert', a 'Road sign reading with speed limit recommendation system' and an 'Active Safety Brake' set-up. You could also add 'Blind Spot Monitoring' and a 'VisioPark surround view camera system - both useful on a vehicle of this size.

Cost of Ownership

The Vivaro Life's Euro6d engines have been chosen with operating costs rather than performance in mind and this will suit businesses as well as families with a firm grip on their finances. Combined fuel economy for the base 1.5 120PS diesel is pegged at up to 44.1mpg on the WLTP combined cycle, along with 167g/km of WLTP-rated CO2. Go for the 2.0-litre 140PS manual derivative and the best figures are 40.9mpg and 180g/km, while even the top 2.0-litre 180PS auto gearbox variant returns 40.9mpg and 181g/km. What else might you need to know? There's the usual stop/start system that cuts the engine when you don't need it, stuck at the lights or waiting in traffic. And as an owner, you can download a useful 'MyVauxhall' app via which you can take care of your Vauxhall online and book maintenance visits. The Vivaro-e Life BEV model has a quoted driving range of 143 miles from its 50kWh battery. Using 100kW of direct current (DC), it takes around only 30 minutes for the battery to reach 80 per cent state-of-charge. Across the range, you'll also need to know that Vauxhall includes a three-year, 60,000 mile warranty as standard, a package that can be extended up to five years and 100,000 miles at extra cost. A year's free breakdown cover is also provided, along with a six-year anti-corrosion guarantee.

Summary

Older Vivaro van models could never have provided the base for a credible luxury family MPV but it says much for the third generation design that it pulls off this trick without much difficulty. The cabin can feel really quite up-market if you go for the top 'Elite' model. We're slightly disappointed that this flagship variant can't be had in 9-seater form; and that the Vivaro-e Life BEV variant can't be had with the kind of larger battery which would facilitate a longer driving range. Otherwise, we like this Vivaro Life quite a lot. With rugged build, competent driving dynamics, strong economy and attractive prices, it seems well-suited to its target market and as a result, could well be worth a look for larger families.

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