Vauxhall Vivaro 2014 Model Year Review

Vauxhall Vivaro 2014 model year

Vauxhall Vivaro 2014 model year

The Vauxhall Vivaro owes much to its sister vehicle, the Renault Trafic. The only significant difference is visual, with a unique front panel consisting of a grille, front bumper, bonnet and headlights. The headlamps have been smoothed out into tear-drop shapes, giving the front end a softer appearance. The indicators have shifted from the bumper to join the headlamps in a self-contained unit. This softer nose is contrasted with a more overstated and wider V-shaped grille, bringing the Vivaro in line with Vauxhall’s visual identity.

The car-feel interior design, the remaining bodywork and the mechanicals are all shared with the Renault Trafic. This includes the selection of four 1.6l diesel engines and the body style choices. The Vivaro comes in two trim grades: the basic entry-level option and the upgraded Sportive.

Under the Bonnet

The engine choices revolve around a 1.6l CDTi powerhouse with a selection of four outputs. The entry-level 90PS engine churns out 260Nm of torque, with emissions of 170g/km and fuel economy of 43.5mpg. The other output carries the same fuel economy and CO2 emissions, with power outputs benchmarked at 115PS for 300Nm of torque.

Two additional outputs are available with a twin-turbo version of the 1.6 CDTi engine with Vauxhall’s ecoFLEX stop-start system to increase fuel efficiency further. These power outputs are rated at 120PS and 140PS, which reach 320Nm of torque while achieving greater fuel efficiencies of 47.1mpg and CO2 emissions of 155g/km. These torquier engines are the better choice for heavy load carrying or lengthy motorway journeys, but all of the engines feel refined and quiet and have a six-speed manual transmission as standard.

On the Road

The Vauxhall Vivaro drives smoothly and feels in control no matter what the road surface and whether the loadspace is full or empty. Drivers report that the Vivaro feels “car-like”, with vibrations, noise and wind sufficiently isolated. The steering wheel and fascia have received a facelift for 2014, along with the incorporation of a high-tech infotainment station featuring aux-in, with Bluetooth, USB and sat-nav as optional extras.

Safety gets a boost as well with a full steel bulkhead included as standard across all trim grades and a windowed bulkhead as an optional extra. Cruise control is another optional extra. The higher-level Sportive trim boasts a massive array of extras, including front fog lights, 16” five-spoke alloys, Bluetooth radio and leather steering wheel.

Overall, the Vauxhall Vivaro feels very refined and quiet on the move despite the impressive 1.6l diesel engines. The 2014 Vivaro’s greatly improved interior and DAB radio as standard are further selling points. Many have commented, however, that the Vivaro doesn’t match the quality of the Transit.

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