Vauxhall VivaVauxhall’s new Viva will cost from £7,995 when it goes on sale in May. 

Like the more style-focused Adam, the five-door Viva hatchback sits below the Corsa in Vauxhall’s range. It comes in two trim levels: SE and SL.

Standard equipment on both models includes six airbags, cruise control, ‘city mode’ steering (which can be made lighter for parking), heated/electric mirrors and a lane-departure warning system.

Upgrading to SL – a name carried over from the original 1963 Viva – gets you climate control air-con, Bluetooth phone connectivity, tinted rear windows and 15-inch alloy wheels. SL prices start at £9,495.

An optional Winter Pack adds a heated steering wheel and heated seats, rear parking sensors and an electric glass sunroof.

There’s just one engine choice for now: a 75hp 1.0-litre petrol. It offers 0-62mph in 13.9sec, along with fuel economy of 62.8mpg and CO2 emissions of 104g/km.

An EcoFlex version is also available (from £8,170), with ultra low rolling-resistance tyres that that improve efficiency to 65.7mpg and 99g/km. The latter is low enough to make it exempt from annual car tax (VED).

Vauxhall Chairman and MD, 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.”