Okay so I promised everybody that I’d look at the 2016 astra before doing anything else, however I’ve been totally captivated by the new Viva in the past few days and feel like it’s a car that will be truly dominating the market in days and weeks to come. Firstly, let’s put it in perspective. While it’s certainly not one of Vauxhall’s flag ship models, it’s definitely capable of competing with its rivals; the Skoda Citigo and the Hyundai i10. Other models that are on its radar are the Suzuki Celerio and the Peugeot 108.
The first thing that I have to note is the fact that the Vauxhall Viva is the cheapest Vauxhall model that is currently available to purchase. It costs as little as £7,995 and therefore is considerably cheaper than models that I mentioned previously. It comes with a single engine, as with all of the Viva models, and has a nice and tasty 74 horse power, all driven by a single 1 litre petrol engine. The car has only got 5 distinct gears, however it is extremely quick at accelerating, you can expect to reach 60 miles per hour within 13 seconds if you stick your foot to the floor.
In terms of the basic equipment that comes with the car, it’s really not too bad. All versions of the Vauxhall Viva have a total of five seats, all of the interior of the car uses electricity; the windows, wipers and it has a remote central locking system too – now you’re all beginning to see why the Viva is quite the bargain for only 8 thousand pounds, not bad! Other features that the Viva boasts is the climate control system, it also has both USB and bluetooth connectivity and an excellent safety mechanism too.
I personally believe that while this car is fairly suited to anywhere you live, it is best fitting within a city environment and it certainly performs best there too. I would personally choose it above the Skoda Citigo and the Hyundai i10, despite them costing considerably more than this entry level car. Released in 2016, the Vauxhall Viva is going to be in Vauxhall’s ranks for many years to come now, it is perfectly suited to driving throughout a town or city, and in a range of weather conditions too. Yes, the engine is small and yes it’s not the quickest either, however it’s absolutely everything that you could possibly require if you are a city dweller like myself. It’s slight frame and excellent handling makes it easy to maneuver through winding city streets at absolutely any time of the day. I would actually go as far to say that it is one of the top performing city cars that is currently in productions – for any brand – not just simply Vauxhall alone.