The new five-door Viva is Vauxhall’s entry-level model, replacing the ageing Agila, and will sit below the three-door Adam and Corsa supermini.
A crisp-looking design, Vauxhall says it can seat five people despite being less than 3.7 metres long. It will be powered by a range of petrol engines including the firm’s sweet-spinning new 1.0-litre three-cylinder.
The Viva will also offer a load-lightening ‘city’ button for the steering, anti-rollback hill start assist and park assist. Cruise control will be optional and the Viva is another small Vauxhall to offer big-car features of heated seats and steering wheel.
It will even offer an optional lane departure warning system.
A key draw is expected to be its on-board IntelliLink system, which connects with Apple iOS and Android devices. This includes app functionality and cost-effective sat nav solutions.
‘A proper small car’
The arrival of the Viva further broadens Vauxhall’s small car portfolio, allowing it to compete with models such as the Fiat Panda, Hyundai i10 and Volkswagen Up.
“On sale next year at an extremely attractive price point, Viva joins new Corsa and Adam in a compelling small car portfolio, giving Vauxhall an unrivalled position in the small car market,” said Tim Tozer, Vauxhall’s chairman and managing director.
“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.”