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Vauxhall Viva hatchback (2015-2019) - Practicality & boot space

The interior of the Vauxhall Viva is spacious, but the boot space on offer is miserly

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3.0 out of 5

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3.8 out of 5

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Practicality & boot space Rating

3.0 out of 5

Overall, the Viva does pretty well for interior space. Visibility is good and even the tallest of people can find a comfortable driving position. The boot space on offer is pretty small, but the rear is spacious for passengers and car’s five-door body helps with accessibility.

Vauxhall Viva interior space & storage

Despite being a small car, the Viva can seat five adults with ease. The rear is perfectly good for three adults and the tall roof means there’s plenty of headroom. That’s reduced slightly if you specify the optional sunroof, though.

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Legroom is great in the back, even if the driver or front passenger has slid their seat back. The transmission tunnel is fairly low, too, so the middle-seat passenger in the rear has somewhere to put his or her feet.

In the front, all models feature a height-adjustable driver’s seat. The steering wheel is only adjustable for rake, though, so you might have to push your seat further back (or indeed forward) to get a more comfortable grip on the wheel.

The Viva has five doors no matter which model you choose, whereas most rivals have a choice of three or five doors. Storage options are pretty miserly, with small cup-holders and little more than a glovebox to hold your stuff. There’s a handy space in front of the gearlever for your mobile phone or house keys, though.

Boot space

The Viva’s compact dimensions come into play most obviously when you open the boot. The luggage area is pretty small, measuring just 206 litres with the seats up. The Skoda Citigo’s boot is 45 litres bigger. 

The space can be expanded be dropping the 60:40 split-folding rear seats, giving you 1,013 litres in total. However, the Viva’s boot lacks any underfloor storage, so rarely used items like a toolkit can’t be stowed away out of sight.

A high load lip and small boot opening might irritate you if you’re loading heavy items, but at least the seats fold completely flat.

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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.

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