Vauxhall has revived the Viva – and it’s nothing like the 1963 to 1979 car you may remember. It is, in fact, a replacement for the Agila and is expected to start from £7,000 when it goes on sale in spring 2015.
The five-door Viva is 3.68 metres long, making it slightly shorter than the 3.7-metre Adam supermini. Vauxhall insists it has a ‘spacious’ cabin and ample room for up to five people.
The Viva will be available as a five-door-only with one engine, a 1.0-litre three-cylinder ECOTEC petrol taken from the Adam Rocks Air that develops 75PS (74bhp). Performance and fuel economy figures are unknown. A five-speed manual transmission takes care of the gears.
Three strong feature lines that swoop down the sides like on the Insignia, a winged chrome bar that leads into the Griffin badge below the bonnet and big headlights help break up the Viva’s otherwise bland look.
Inside the Viva features the IntelliLink infotainment system found in the Adam and Corsa so you can hook up an Android and iOS device, City mode to make the steering lighter, ESP with traction control, ABS with Electronic Brake Force Distribution and Hill Start Assist for stopping you rolling back on a hill.
Optional extras include Lane Departure Warning, Park Assist (alerts you to obstacles while trying to park), fog lights, cruise control, sunroof, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel. There will also be a choice of 14- to 16-inch alloy wheels and ten exterior paintjobs.
Vauxhall chairman and managing director Tim Tozer said: “Short, crisp and full of character, Vauxhall’s new entry-level model is a ‘proper’ small car and will hold great appeal in this rapidly growing sector.