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The New Vivaro : 2024 a First Look

Vauxhall Vivaro, the goto van for the Tradesperson. But what’s new for 2024?

The Vivaro has built itself a reputation as being the Tradespersons favourite and 2024 has brought a host of improvements. Here, Van Expert Tim Cattlin takes a look at what Vauxhall has introduced to this medium van to keep it at the top of the van buyers shopping list…

  • New front-end design
  • Refreshed cab
  • 10” touchscreen with Apple CarPlay
  • New safety tech
  • Longer range from Vivaro Electric
  • High level of standard equipment
Vauxhall Vivaro New

A quick recap

Let’s just remind ourselves of how ‘Britain’s favourite van’ has evolved over the years. First arriving in 2001, the van, the result of a joint venture with Renault remained mostly unchanged until 2014 when the second generation appeared, again also marketed by Renault as the Trafic.

This incarnation only lasted for 5 years when, in 2019 due to the British manufacturer becoming part of the PSA Group (now Stellantis) Vauxhall, sharing a platform with Peugeot and Citroen launched an all-new van leaving Renault to continue with its existing Trafic which remains in production to this day.

To the present, and Vauxhall has refreshed the Vivaro for 2024 – whilst it’s not an all-new model, the van having had what would be classed as a facelift there’s plenty to tempt the medium van user wanting a van that isn’t just fit for purpose, but that has a decent level of tech and equipment.

The range

Although the new Vivaro is offered in the same two body lengths as previous, gone are the somewhat dull L1 and L2 designations, with the shorter van just being named Vivaro whilst the longer variant has XL added to the name. Twin rear doors and, usefully, twin side loading doors are standard on all new Vivaros. The van is also offered as a Doublecab but the dimensions below refer to the panel van.

Loadspace dimensions:

 VivaroVivaro XL
Length (max at floor)2512mm2862mm
Width1636mm1636mm
Width between wheelarches1258mm1258mm
Maximum height1397mm1397mm
Side door aperture width935mm935mm
Volume (standard)5.3 cu/m6.1cu/m
Volume with optional load through facility5.8 cu/m6.9cu/m
Vauxhall Vivaro New

Payloads:

The diesel powered vans have GVM’s (Gross Vehicle Mass) of between 2830kg and 3100kg, providing payloads between 1121kg and a very respectable 1384kg. Vivaro Electric can carry between 915kg and 1001kg.

Power units

The proven diesel engines on offer remain unchanged and provide either 120PS or 145PS depending on whether you choose the 1.5 litre or 2.0 litre unit, although the 145PS engine when connected to the optional automatic gearbox provides a higher torque output.

The 2024 Vivaro Electric has been tweaked, with the van now having an improved range over its predecessor with an official WLTP Combined cycle test result of up to 224 miles, a significant 13 miles better than the outgoing van. The new van retains the original 75kWh battery and 136PS motor but in the cab, there are paddles behind the steering wheel allowing for the level of regenerative braking to be easily adjusted when driving. New for this latest Vivaro Electric is an optional e-Power take-off unit, allowing for the vehicle’s battery charge to be used for powering tools or refrigeration units.

On the outside

Here’s where we start to notice the difference. Vauxhall has revised the front of the Vivaro and introduced the stylish, sharp and ultra-modern ‘Vizor’ design which has already been seen on a number of the manufacturer’s cars. Still featuring the ‘Griffin’ logo in the centre, the grill sweeps around to include on the higher trim level van LED headlights. Although the remainder of the van is generally unchanged on the outside, the designers have done an excellent job in redesigning this frontal aspect which is a real head-turner.

In the cab

Before we head into the trim levels available on the new Vivaro, let’s take a look at what the designers have done to the cab interior overall. Those familiar with the now ‘old model’ will immediately notice the refreshed environment and a dash which is dominated by a centrally mounted 10”, landscape-orientated multimedia screen providing access to a multitude of functions including the what is now almost expected by many Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. In addition, the van has wireless phone charging capability built in. In-cab storage has been improved, with a larger centre console and more room for those bits and bobs that seem to breed in van interiors.

Safety tech and driver aids

With van manufacturers continually blessing vans with more and more tech designed to make things safer not just for the driver and passengers, but also for other road users and pedestrians, some models are rapidly being left behind. With this in mind, Vauxhall has made some real strides in making the latest technology available, even if some of it is in the options price list, and the new Vivaro can be specified with some of the newest and best tech out there.

  • Dynamic Surround Vision System – Combines a digital rear view mirror with two external cameras providing a clear view of the immediate area around the van. It also activates when indicators are operated, providing visibility of what otherwise would be blind spots.
  • Visiopark 180-degree rear parking camera – Works with 12 parking sensors and the large in-cab display to provide enhanced safety when reversing.
  • Intelligent Speed Assistance – Includes traffic sign recognition and audible excessive speed alerts.
  • Active Cruise Control with stop-and-go facility – when combined with automatic transmission, the van can be brought to a complete standstill automatically when sensing a stationary vehicle ahead.
  • Forward Collision Alert including Advanced Emergency Braking System – Combines warnings with autonomous emergency braking.
  • Flankguard – detects fixed obstacles when parking, preventing damage.

Trim levels:

Vauxhall does tend to change trim levels and what is included within them pretty regularly but, for now, the Vivaro is offered in either Prime or Pro guises – the previous GS model not as yet making a reappearance.

So, what do you get for your money? Quite a bit, actually. Entry level Vivaro Prime has that 10” touchscreen which provides access to the DAB radio and the usual other audio inputs together with Apple / Android smartphone integration. There’s voice control, and standard 4G connectivity allows for the operation of the Vauxhall Connect One remote system. Prime comes with air conditioning, cruise control, rear parking sensors and automatic wipers and lights. Additional driver aids included are Lane Keep Assist and Intelligent Speed Assistance.

Move up to Vivaro Pro and that multimedia screen now boasts Pro Navi satellite navigation. Dynamic Surround View provides that all-round vision and the package includes Flankguard.

From a practical perspective, the FlexCargo load through bulkhead is included and the centre seat folds down allowing the backrest to be used as a flat working surface. Body-coloured bumpers, side mouldings and door handles enhance the exterior of the Vivaro, as do the ECO LED headlights and front fog lights.

The Expert Verdict

Vivaro has some stiff competition, not least from the market-leading Ford Transit Custom which has also recently had a heavy facelift. But, the Vauxhall can hold its own when compared to its peers. This new van looks great. It’s got a much-improved cab environment (an area which has in the past come in for a little criticism) and it’s an excellent load carrier with a superb payload. And if you’re looking for a zero-emission van the Vivaro Electric, which had a good range before now goes even further on a single charge.

No one in the market for a new, medium-sized van can afford to ignore this excellent offering from Vauxhall.

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