The Viva has been built with city driving in mind and, in this respect, it excels. It has light steering and visibility is excellent so it’s easy to weave the car through congested streets and simple to park when you arrive at your destination.
With just 74hp, the Viva’s engine is far from a powerhouse, but that’s only really a problem on motorways and fast-moving A roads. You’ll need plenty of space for safe overtakes or a gearchange to make it up a steep hill.
The payoff for its lethargic performance is extremely low running costs. The basic Viva can return healthy fuel economy of 62.8mpg and CO2 emissions of 104g/km.
It's not bad at slower speeds and will work perfectly well as a city car
For even lower running costs, you can always choose the EcoFLEX model. It has low-rolling resistance tyres and some minor aerodynamic improvements to push fuel economy up to 70mpg.
Vauxhall claims to have set the Viva up to be able to handle the UK’s rutted poor quality roads. In general, it lives up to this billing with a compliant ride quality that protects passengers from the harshest impacts while also keeping body roll well contained.
Despite this, its handling isn’t brilliant. The steering doesn’t give you a great sense of what’s going on at the front wheels while the car lacks the levels of agility that come naturally in rivals such as the VW Up and Hyundai i10.