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Vauxhall Viva hatchback (2015-2019) - Interior & comfort

The Vauxhall Viva is well equipped for a budget car and the interior looks slick

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3.0 out of 5

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3.8 out of 5

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Interior & comfort Rating

3.0 out of 5

At first glance, the Viva looks like good value, as even the basic SE model comes with decent equipment for the price. Inside, the interior looks slick, even if it doesn't feel good to touch and takes inspiration from the Vauxhall Corsa hatchback.

The suspension has been modified for the UK’s pothole-ridden roads. It manages to stay on the acceptable side of firm – body lean is kept to a minimum on twisty roads but it remains compliant and soft enough to be comfortable on motorway cruises.

Vauxhall Viva dashboard

The Viva’s interior has touches from the popular Corsa hatchback. The steering wheel looks like it’s been lifted straight from the Corsa and overall, we think it's one of the best-looking dashboards in its class. However, that point falls a bit flat when you touch some of the hard plastics, even in a £10,000 car. It also helps that the controls are really easy to use.

Equipment

All models in the Viva range have cruise control, electric front windows, a trip computer and a stereo with an MP3 player port. SE A/C adds air conditioning, but you'll need to pay £935 extra for the IntelliLink touchscreen infotainment system with sat-nav and compatibility with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Despite being the priciest model of the range, the Rocks gains more distinctive looks and a slight boost in ride height.

Other options include rear parking sensors for just under £300 and a Winter Pack bringing heated front seats and even a heated leather steering wheel for a reasonable £160. While not as exciting, we'd recommend upgrading the emergency tyre inflation kit for a steel spare wheel for £110, especially if you plan on heading out of town.

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