Vauxhall Vivaro Model Year 2006 Review

2006 Model Vauxhall  Vivaro

2006 Model Vauxhall Vivaro

Sister of the Renault Trafic, the Vivaro has a long history and continues to be popular because of its comfortable cabin, mechanicals that have proven their worth over time and a broad array of body and cab versions. 2006 saw a thorough revision of the line with upgraded engines and revamped exteriors. And in going up against a rival as established as the Ford Transit, the Vauxhall Vivaro needs everything it can get. It succeeds on many fronts, offering similar levels of space, dependability, equipment and fun as the Transit.

Serious Improvements Under the Hood

The 2006 Vauxhall Vivaro upgraded engines are all Euro IV compliant and include a new 2.0l CDTi unit. These new offerings build on the power output of the previous engines, developing 90PS and 115PS on the previous 1.9l 82PS and 100PS engines, respectively. The higher output performance comes with virtually unchanged fuel consumption, with fuel economy of up to 42.7mpg and emissions as low as 175g/km.

Torque is up to 240Nm, and that’s just the entry-level unit - the 115PS engine offers 290Nm of torque, representing an increase in pulling power of more than 25 per cent. An enhanced 2.5l CDTi workhorse tops the line-up, offering 145PS with torque of 320Nm, representing increases of 10Nm and 10PS compared to the previous 2.5l CDTi. All Vivaro engines come with a manual six-speed transmission as standard.

Carrying Capacity and Cab

The 2006 line-up includes a new and extended wheelbase on the Vivaro Combi, building on the nine-seater SWB Combi by offering even more luggage space. Body sizing options are broadened to include short and long wheelbases of 4,782mm and 5,182mm, standard and high roofs of 1,969mm and 2,464mm, and both low and high dropsides. Body variants include the Combi, a double cab, a Sportive version and a twelve-seater people transporter, offering a variety of loadspaces from 5m3 to 8.3m3.

Aesthetics and comfort also received enhancements over previous models with new fabrics and cabin upholstery. The Sportive gets improved internal door handles and alloy details on the transmission lever. Optional extras include colour satellite navigation interfaces - perhaps not so relevant for second-hand buyers given the technological developments that have taken place since, but a useful yardstick with which to assess the value of a vehicle.

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