VAUXHALL

VAUXHALL VIVARO LIFE DIESEL ESTATE 2.0 Turbo D 180PS Elite M 5dr Auto

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph10.4s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2198 g/km

This Vauxhall Vivaro Life is, as its name suggests, based on the marque's medium-sized Vivaro van but it's certainly pretty sophisticated as well as being light, airy, and seriously spacious, with room for up to 9 people, depending on variant. If anything, its commercial vehicle roots serve as a strength and the huge interior, tough build and uncomplicated design might prove ideal for family buyers.

A LARGER LIFE

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

Ten Second Review

This Vauxhall Vivaro Life is, as its name suggests, based on the marque's medium-sized Vivaro van but it's certainly pretty sophisticated as well as being light, airy, and seriously spacious, with room for up to 9 people, depending on variant. If anything, its commercial vehicle roots serve as a strength and the huge interior, tough build and uncomplicated design might prove ideal for family buyers.

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. Now that Vauxhall is a part of the PSA conglomerate, it too can 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 lighter, stiffer 'EMP2' platform that Vauxhall's switch to PSA 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 either 100 or 120PS. And the 2.0-litre powerplant we'd recommend, available with either 150 or 180PS. The most powerful model has to be had with 8-speed automatic transmission. Otherwise, you'll be using a 6-speed manual. Refinement has been a priority with 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 £28,000 to £43,000 bracket and two models are available - 'Edition' and 'Elite'. The 'Edition' is offered with either 100PS or 120PS 1.5-litre diesel engines. The 'Elite' comes with a couple of 2.0-litre diesels, either a 150PS variant with a manual gearbox or a 180PS version with an 8-speed auto. With the 'Edition', there's an £1,845 option to upgrade from the standard 'Medium' body shape to the lengthened 'Long' version. With the 'Elite. The premium for the 'Long' body style is £840. 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 100PS diesel is pegged at up to 46.6mpg on the WLTP combined cycle, along with 131g/km of NEDC-rated CO2. We'd want a little more power and would opt for this engine in 120PS guise, in which form you're looking at 47.1mpg and 128g/km. Go for the 2.0-litre 150PS derivative and the figures are 41.5mpg and 149g/km, while even the top 2.0-litre 180PS auto gearbox variant returns 40.6mpg and 151g/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. Finally, 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, but 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.

  • Dark tinted rear glazing
  • Nearside and offside sliding side access door with fixed windows
  • Tailgate with separate opening rear window and heated rear window with wash/wipe facility

  • Electronic stability programme plus with traction control

  • Handsfree calls via steering wheel controls and vehicle microphone

  • Front and rear parking distance sensors with side blind spot alert and front fog lights
  • Power assisted steering

  • Head up Display
  • Infotainment system
  • Instrumentation - speedometer, rev counter, low fuel gauge warning light, fuel economy gauge and coolant temperature warning light
  • Multi function trip computer - Trip odometer, vehicle range, average speed and fuel economy, instantaneous fuel economy and driving time
  • Vauxhall connect box

  • Handsfree electrically operated sliding side access door, keyless open and start and auto anti-dazzle rear view mirror

  • Multimedia Nav pro 7" touch screen, RDS with traffic prog, AM/FM/DAB, ten speakers, USB/iPod, Bluetooth A2DP audio stream, Apple Carplay/Android auto
  • 3D street level mapping, European coverage, eco routing, TomTom live traffic updates, nearby fuel station display and local weather information
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls and flexible roof mounted aerial

  • Full length fixed panoramic glass sunroof with manually sliding sunblinds

  • Lights on audible warning, reversing light, hazard warning, rear fog light, high level brake light, side repeat indicators, LED daytime running light
  • Xenon headlights
  • Front fog lights

  • Pollen filter, air recirculation facility, illuminated controls and chilled glovebox facility
  • Dual zone electronic climate control with LCD temperature display, automatic air direction and fan speed with manual override
  • Rear air conditioning, multi-functional overhead panel with separate controls in rear cabin, six multi-function air nozzles and fixed side air vents
  • Roof mounted rear heater control
  • Automatic parking heater

  • 220V socket behind driver seat and rear seat back tables
  • Facia mounted drinks holders
  • Leather upholstery
  • Rear parcel shelf
  • Leather covered steering wheel

  • Electric pack - Vivaro Life
  • Visibility pack - Vivaro Life
  • Appearance pack - Vivaro Life

  • Driver and front passenger airbag with deactivation switch, curtain and side-impact airbags in first and second rows
  • Second and third passenger curtain airbags
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts

  • Power driver seat with height and reach, backrest recline, lumbar adj, armrest, padded head restraint, massage function and driver memory
  • Single front passenger's seat with reach, fold and backrest recline, armrest, padded head restraint, massage function and driver memory
  • Four way electrically adjustable heated passenger seat with massage function
  • Six way electrically adjustable heated driver seat

  • Electronic engine deadlock immobiliser, steering column lock, lockable fuel filler cap and anti-theft spare wheel cradle
  • Remote control door locking, two keys with integral remote, door deadlocks and selective door locking
  • Remote control security alarm system - engine compartment protection, ultrasonic detectors in load area and siren

  • 17" diamond cut alloy wheels

  • CO2 (g/km): 151
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 198
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 219
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 235
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 171
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 200
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 155
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 181
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 199
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 228
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 213
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 198
  • HC: N

  • Engine Code: DW10FDCU
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 85
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 88
  • CC: 1997
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 33.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 31.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 43.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 37
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 47.7
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 40.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 37.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 32.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 40.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 34.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 8.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 8.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 7.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 5.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 6.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 7.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 8.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 8.1

  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Service Interval Mileage: 30000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 180
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • AdBlue: True
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 26E
  • Coin Series: Elite [180]
  • Coin Description: Turbo D

  • Engine Power - BHP: 180
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 10.4
  • Top Speed: 106
  • Engine Power - KW: 132
  • Engine Power - RPM: 3500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 295
  • Engine Torque - NM: 400
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 2000
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 40.8

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Front: 215/60 R17
  • Wheel Style: N
  • Tyre Size Rear: 215/60 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare: FULL SIZE
  • Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False

  • Length: 5306
  • Width: 1920
  • Wheelbase: 3275
  • Width (including mirrors): 2204
  • Height: 1935
  • Height (including roof rails): N

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 640
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Roof Load: 170
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1100
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 12.4
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 2500
  • Max. Loading Weight: 1141
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1959
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 3100
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 70

  • Four channel Anti-lock braking system, emergency brake assist, electronic brake force distribution and hill start assist: Included

  • Cruise control + speed limiter: Included

  • Solid paint: Included
  • Two coat metallic paint: £600
  • Foldable table on rails: £495

  • Load area restraint net, luggage floor net, rear view child minder mirror, rear side window blinds and torch stowed in rear luggage area panel: Included
  • Vertical luggage restraint net: £120

  • Driver assistance pack - Vivaro Life: £600
  • Intellgrip pack - Vivaro Life: £240
  • Driver safety pack with intelligent Cruise control - Vivaro Life: £450

  • Two coat metallic - Diamond black: £600
  • Two coat metallic - Moonstone grey: £600
  • Two coat metallic - Quartz grey: £600
  • Two coat metallic - Cool grey: £600
  • Two coat metallic - Rich oak brown: £600
  • Two coat metallic - Amber red: £600

  • Solid - Jade white: £0

  • Second row three passenger foldable 60/40 split bench seat: Included
  • Third row three passenger foldable 60/40 split individually sliding bench/single seat: £0
  • Two individual second row swivelling seats: £800

  • Removable monoblock towing ball with tool (ball), towbar provision and towing connector: £400
  • Removable monoblock towing ball without tool (RDSO), towbar provision and towing connector: £300
  • Removable gooseneck towing ball with tool, towbar provision and towing connector: £240

  • Leather - Carla Black: £0

  • All season tyres: £200

  • Full size spare wheel: Included
  • Tyre inflation kit: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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