Autocar's review of the Vauxhall Viva (Chevrolet Spark)

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    Autocar's review of the Vauxhall Viva (Chevrolet Spark)

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    If you're in the market for a small city car then the Vauxhall Viva, despite its strong points, shouldn't be at the top of your list. You could, for example, buy the Suzuki Celerio for a similar £7999. It's lighter, it's faster, it gets air-con, DAB and Bluetooth as standard, it has a bigger boot and it's more entertaining to drive.

    What's particularly frustrating is that the Viva feels to have a lot of unlocked potential. If the engine was a little more flexible, air-con was standard and more sound deadening fitted, then it would easily be elevated from an also-ran to a commendable choice. Perhaps these revisions, such as the option of a more powerful turbocharged engine, will arrive later down the line.

    If it has been denied the much-needed turbocharged engine purely to differentiate it further from the Corsa and Adam, and prevent it siphoning off their sales, then that's a crying shame. It would represent a missed opportunity and a half, given how neatly engineered and finished the car is otherwise, and it would have given the edge it needed in a hotly contested sector.

    Alas, as the Viva sits, it simply doesn't do enough to stand out - unlike the original.

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    Re: Autocar's review of the Vauxhall Viva (Chevrolet Spark)

    Like all modern cars it's a very anodyne design does not "stand out" like maybe a premium priced wealth creating Fiat 500 or Mini do, that have both have a personality that are sought after by the all important younger generation of new up and coming young British car buyers.

    But it's low budget price will be a big hit, even if it's totally devoid of any personality/character and is not very inspirational something that a youngster would aspire to want to own, but saving money is what it excels at does best it's greatest asset attribute.
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    Hopefully our Spark won't be as stripped down.

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    Re: Autocar's review of the Vauxhall Viva (Chevrolet Spark)

    Quote Originally Posted by Oldsmobile stopped View Post
    Like all modern cars it's a very anodyne design does not "stand out" like maybe a premium priced wealth creating Fiat 500 or Mini do, that have both have a personality that are sought after by the all important younger generation of new up and coming young British car buyers.

    But it's low budget price will be a big hit, even if it's totally devoid of any personality/character and is not very inspirational something that a youngster would aspire to want to own, but saving money is what it excels at does best it's greatest asset attribute.
    The Viva's big disadvantage is that other cars at that low price point are better.

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    Re: Autocar's review of the Vauxhall Viva (Chevrolet Spark)

    Quote Originally Posted by Ruperts Trooper View Post
    The Viva's big disadvantage is that other cars at that low price point are better.
    Being of unsound South Korean build quality is probably it's weakest link l think Rupert but Auto Express review said the build quality is quite good so maybe it is not as bad as you say, but the good old sound Viva name should win a few older buyers over, bring them back to Vauxhall fold hopefully Rupert.

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    Auto Expreess Review - New Vauxhall Viva 2015 review 3 out of 5 stars rating.

    Quality is pretty good, actually, given the fact that Vauxhall Viva sits right at the bottom of the new car market. It’s not quite up to the standards of VW’s up! or even the i10, but it’s more than a match for the Suzuki Celerio that’s priced at very similar levels.

    As you’d expect, entry-level SE cars get some scratchy plastics on the dash, but the SL adds a two-tone grey and black fascia and chrome flashes on the interior door handles. It also gets privacy glass on the rear windows, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

    All models use the same 1.0-litre engine, with 74bhp and just 95Nm of torque. However, that’s enough to make the Viva feel fairly nippy around town. SE cars are available in slightly more frugal ecoFLEX trim, adding low rolling resistance tyres as well as front and rear spoilers.

    This helps drop CO2 emissions below the magic 100g/km barrier for free road tax. The car in our pictures emits 104g/km for £20 annual VED, while all Viva models are quoted to do more than 60mpg on the combined cycle.

    On the open road though, the Viva needs to be thrashed to within an inch of its life to make decent progress. Granted, this car will primarily be used in and around urban areas, but if your daily commute utilises faster roads, we’d recommend opting for the more grown-up Citigo or Hyundai i10. That said, body roll is well controlled, and the ride stays just the right side of firm.

    Road noise is a bit of an issue, sending an unwelcome din into the cabin and effectively masking any sort of engine or wind roar. If you stick to 60mph you’ll be fine, but anything more requires raised voices for front and rear passengers.

    The Viva’s practicality is good, if not quite class leading. There’s decent space in the back for a six-footer to sit behind a similarly-sized driver, and the boot will hold 206 litres of luggage. There’s no under-floor storage and no spare wheel – though one can be added from the relatively measly options list. For comparison, the VW Group trio (up!, Citigo, Mii) measure in at 251 litres, while the current class champ is the Suzuki Celerio with 254 litres.

    Up front, the seats offer decent support, and all models get a height-adjustable driver’s seat. The steering wheel only adjusts for tilt though, so if you find yourself sitting too close, your only option is to slide the seat right back. Avoid the optional sunroof and there’s plenty of headroom, too

    The Vauxhall Viva is certainly an interesting proposition for customers in the market for an A-segment city car. Vauxhall has openly admitted it is targeting cautious, price conscious, A to B motorists, who appreciate the convenience of a small five-door runaround. If you think of it like that and nothing more, the Viva is a well-rounded – if rather emotionless – small car.

    Next year, Vauxhall will offer buyers the Intelilink touchscreen from the Corsa and Adam, as well as the innovative On-Star concierge service, whereby drivers will be able to call a company representative to automatically plumb in POIs and specific destinations to the car’s sat-nav. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will also feature at a later date, with Vauxhall claiming to be the only manufacturer to offer both systems on a single car.

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    Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will also feature at a later date, with Vauxhall claiming to be the only manufacturer to offer both systems on a single car, that is the best thing biggest plus point l like about the Viva, followed by the low price and a much loved old sound Viva name. Don't think l would every want to own one ever in the next million years personably myself, but it should still be a very good seller for GM.
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    Re: Autocar's review of the Vauxhall Viva (Chevrolet Spark)

    Putting Opel or Vauxhall badges on it instead of Chevrolet wont fool anyone about its Korean origins.

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    Re: Autocar's review of the Vauxhall Viva (Chevrolet Spark)

    Quote Originally Posted by V-Car View Post
    Putting Opel or Vauxhall badges on it instead of Chevrolet wont fool anyone about its Korean origins.
    But Autocar commented "Quality is pretty good" and that's with recent experience of the badly-built Korean Chevrolets - and remember that not all Korean cars are built badly as Hyunda/Kia doon't get the same bad press as Chevrolet did.

    The problem with the Viva seems to be low specification and stodgy dynamics - those are the areas there's better cars available at around that price point.

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    Re: Autocar's review of the Vauxhall Viva (Chevrolet Spark)

    Yeah, I don't see quality as the issue here, it's just that it's a pretty unexciting car in an era where people are finding more and more excuses to pay top dollar for high-optioned small cars. Dacia managed to create an interesting market segment, but it allowed Renault to forego the bottom-feeder models in their own brand. It frees up the Twingo, for example, to be a super-cool rear-engine car in a front-engine world.

    I personally quite like the Viva, and would have no problem buying one, but that's probably a bad sign...
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