There was a time not that way back when the MPV market was lots larger than it’s right now and the Vauxhall Zafira was the best-selling MPV within the UK. However the rise of the SUV shrunk MPV demand, inflicting the latest Zafira Tourer to be put out to pasture. That left a niche within the Vauxhall vary for a spacious household automobile that may carry greater than 5 folks. Now that hole has been crammed by a brand new type of MPV, the Vauxhall Vivaro Life.
If the Vivaro title sounds acquainted, that is as a result of it is the title of the Vauxhall van that is constructed within the UK. The Vivaro Life is the passenger carrying model, and is the Vauxhall MPV that now caters for giant households. The Vivaro Life is available in two lengths and encompasses a five-seat format as commonplace, whereas a 3rd row is on the market as a no-cost possibility, which converts the Vivaro Life into an eight-seater MPV. Vauxhall additionally gives an optionally available premium seat improve for the center row, which replaces the three-seat bench with a pair of swivelling captain’s chairs and a folding desk.
The Vivaro title is acquainted, and so is that this MPV’s total form, as a result of it is a sister mannequin to the van-based Citroen SpaceTourer, Peugeot Traveller and Toyota Proace Verso folks carriers. The primary distinction is the Vauxhall-ified entrance finish of the Vivaro Life, with a rounded look and a particular design that appears to be the results of mixing the rounded entrance of the Citroen with the grille of the Peugeot. It is a neat look, however except for the Vauxhall badges, it is the one distinction between the Vivaro Life and its sister machines.
It is a related story below the pores and skin, the place you will discover the PSA Group’s 2.Zero BlueHDi diesel (referred to as Turbo D right here) in 150PS or 180PS guises. The previous has 148bhp and a six-speed guide gearbox, whereas the latter is 178bhp with PSA’s EAT8 eight-speed auto. Each engines can be found in Medium (M) and Lengthy (L) physique kinds, with the latter getting an additional 350mm of bodywork behind the rear wheels.
The cabin is lifted wholesale from the PSA Group fashions, too. There are two trim ranges referred to as Version (which is geared in the direction of the personal rent and mobility conversion markets) and Elite, the latter of which we drive right here. The Elite mannequin could be very nicely outfitted, with heated leather-based seats, panoramic glass, a rear digital camera, touchscreen infotainment with navigation, head-up show and tinted home windows all a part of the spec checklist.
The wonderful thing about the Vivaro Life is that its van roots create a great deal of house for passengers and baggage inside, whereas the sliding aspect doorways imply entry is straightforward, even the tightest spots. There’s additionally the choice of energy opening and shutting doorways for added comfort. Boot capability is measured in cubic metres, with the M model starting from Three.Zero-Three.9 cubic metres, and the L providing Three.5-Four.5 cubic metres of house.
The high-set seats imply you get an SUV-style view of the highway forward, whereas the numerous driver aids show you how to to place and manoeuvre the automobile, and a secondary mirror lets you keep watch over the again seats if it’s worthwhile to. The seats within the rear slide forwards and backwards on runners and may even be eliminated utterly, though they’re very heavy and you may want someplace to retailer them if you wish to use the Vivaro Life’s full boot capability.
There’s an enormous tailgate on the again, though it raises and lowers pretty simply on its fuel struts. If you’d like fast entry to the boot, there’s additionally separate opening tailgate glass, which lets you put lighter objects in with out opening the again utterly.
All this practicality is nice, however do not go considering that the Vivaro Life’s roots imply it is van-like to drive. The Vivaro van makes use of the PSA Group’s EMP2 platform, which is used on every part from the Peugeot 308 and 3008, the Citroen C4 SpaceTourer and Vauxhall’s personal Grandland X.
Which means the Vivaro Life has a really car-like really feel about the best way it drives, with a nimbleness that you just will not discover in another non-PSA van-based MPV. The steering is gentle and fast to reply, whereas the dealing with stability is fairly cheap, so patrons seeking to commerce of their Zafira Tourers are unlikely to really feel short-changed.
The trip is comparatively comfy, and it will settle even additional when there is a full load of passengers and baggage on board – that is one advantage of the Vivaro’s van roots, because the suspension is designed to work higher with a full load than when the van is empty. The engines provide respectable tempo, though the guide gearbox feels relatively spongy to make use of – so we might advocate the EAT8 auto for its additional energy and smoother drive.