Skip advert
Advertisement
In-depth reviews

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

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

Carbuyer Rating

3.0 out of 5

Owners Rating

3.8 out of 5

Read owner reviews
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.

Advertisement - Article continues below

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.

Skip advert
Advertisement

Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

Skip advert
Advertisement

Most Popular

Engine management light: top 5 causes of amber engine warning light
Engine warning light
Tips and advice
17 Apr 2024

Engine management light: top 5 causes of amber engine warning light

All-new Citroen C3 Aircross squeezes 7 seats into small SUV body
Citroen C3 Aircross front quarter
News
18 Apr 2024

All-new Citroen C3 Aircross squeezes 7 seats into small SUV body

Best new car deals 2024: this week’s top car offers
Carbuyer best new car deals hero
Deals
19 Apr 2024

Best new car deals 2024: this week’s top car offers

Tips & advice

View All
Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
26 Mar 2024

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide
Public EV charge point
Tips and advice
11 Jan 2023

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?
PCP vs HP
Tips and advice
17 May 2022

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?

Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Tips and advice
21 Mar 2024

Average speed cameras: how do they work?

Best cars

View All
Top 10 best car interiors
Peugeot 208 hatchback
Best cars
25 Jun 2021

Top 10 best car interiors

Top 10 best electric cars 2024
best electric cars
Best cars
28 Mar 2024

Top 10 best electric cars 2024

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2024
The best cheap-to-run cars 2023
Best cars
2 Jan 2024

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2024

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2024
Fastest hot hatchbacks hero
Best cars
2 Jan 2024

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2024