VAUXHALL

VAUXHALL VIVARO LIFE DIESEL ESTATE 1.5 Turbo D 120PS Edition M 5dr

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionManual

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph14.3s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2170 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.

  • Nearside and offside sliding side access door with fixed windows

  • Electronic stability programme plus with traction control
  • Four channel Anti-lock braking system, emergency brake assist, electronic brake force distribution and hill start assist

  • Handsfree calls via steering wheel controls and vehicle microphone

  • Power assisted steering
  • Cruise control + speed limiter

  • 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

  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls and flexible roof mounted aerial

  • Lights on audible warning, reversing light, hazard warning, rear fog light, high level brake light, side repeat indicators, daytime running light

  • Air conditioning with pollen filter, air recirculation facility, illuminated controls and chilled glovebox facility

  • Reach and rake adjustable steering wheel, inertia-reel lap and diagonal seatbelts, height adjustable outer front seatbelts and rear parcel shelf
  • Fascia mounted gear lever and floor mounted handbrake lever
  • Facia mounted drinks holders
  • Curtiba cloth upholstery

  • Electric pack - Vivaro Life

  • Driver and front passenger airbag with deactivation switch, curtain and side-impact airbags
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts

  • Third row three passenger foldable
  • Rear head restraints
  • Driver and front passenger's seat with reach and backrest recline, padded front head restraint and foldable backrest for front passenger seat
  • Dual front passenger's seat with underseat storage tray, fixed position bench seat and backrest and height adjustable padded front head restraint
  • Second row three passenger foldable 60/40 split bench 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

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 170
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 189
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 170
  • HC: N

  • Engine Code: DV5RUC
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 75
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 84.8
  • CC: 1499
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 6 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 7.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 47.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 47.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 39.2

  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Service Interval Mileage: 25000
  • 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: 120
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.5
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • AdBlue: True
  • Coin Series: Edition[120]
  • Coin Description: Turbo D
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 14.3
  • Top Speed: 100
  • Engine Power - BHP: 120
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • Engine Power - KW: 88
  • Engine Power - RPM: 3500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 221
  • Engine Torque - NM: 300
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1750
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 30.6

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

  • Alloys?: False
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: N
  • Tyre Size Rear: 215/65 R16
  • Tyre Size Spare: FULL SIZE
  • Wheel Type: 16" STEEL
  • Tyre Size Front: 215/65 R16

  • Length: 4956
  • Width: 1920
  • Width (including mirrors): 2204
  • Height: 1925
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Wheelbase: 3275

  • No. of Seats: 9
  • Max. Roof Load: 170
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 12.4
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 2000
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 70
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2830

  • Dark tinted rear glazing: £120
  • Rear glazed doors, 90/180 degree opening, and heated rear window with wash/wipe facility: £240
  • Glazed tailgate and heated rear window with wash/wipe facility: Included

  • Rear parking distance sensors: £220

  • DAB Digital radio, RDS with traffic programme, AM/FM stereo, four speakers, USB/iPod, Bluetooth A2DP audio streaming: Included
  • Multimedia 7" touch screen, AM/FM/DAB, RDS with traffic prog, four speakers, USB/iPod, Bluetooth A2DP audio stream, Apple Carplay/Android auto: £480

  • Solid paint: Included
  • Two coat metallic paint: £600

  • Vertical luggage restraint net: £120
  • Connector for conversions: £108

  • Visibility pack without rear view camera - Vivaro Life: £240
  • Intellgrip pack - Vivaro Life: £240

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

  • Solid - Jade white: £0

  • 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

  • Curtiba cloth - Tri tone grey: £0

  • All season tyres: £200
  • 16" steel wheels with centre cap: Included
  • 17" steel wheels with centre cap: £200

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

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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