If you really want a five door city car and can’t stretch to a Mini-5 door then why not give Vauxhall’s all-new five-door entry-level VIVA time for you consideration.
Thankfully the Viva range consists of just two trim levels SE, and SL. So thats job done for us right? Wrong.
This is what you don’t have as standard in the Mini hatch or 5 door hatch, a tyre pressure monitoring system, city mode steering, lane departure warning, cruise control with speed limiter and front fog lights with cornering function are standard. But you do get all of the latter in the Viva.
You want a Mini specced with six airbags, AM/FM radio with aux-in and steering wheel controls, electric front windows, electric/heated mirrors and remote central door locking. Forget about it most of these are optional for a Mini… but not in the Viva.
The 99g/km VIVA SE ecoFLEX gets a front lip spoiler, extended rear spoiler with LED brake light and ultra-low rolling resistance tyres over the entry model. It’s priced from £8,170 on-the-road and Vauxhall claim it can return 65.7mpg on a combined fuel run.
The SL trim features electronic climate control, Morocanna seat trim, leather steering wheel and 15-inch alloy wheels. Other highlights include six speakers, USB audio connection, Bluetooth music streaming and mobile phone portal.
Options available include Winter Pack (heated seats and steering wheel), rear parking sensors and electric glass sliding sunroof. The little Viva also features ESP, traction control and even cornering brake control… in a Viva? Yes its true.
This is why we usually steer clear of new car news, we end becoming a digital sales brochure we’re not a dealership god-damn it!
The new Vauxhall Viva, which is better value than a Mini is headed to UK showrooms in June/July and is priced from £7k with prices rising to £10K for top sec models.