Vauxhall Viva city car launched

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Vauxhall Viva

Vauxhall's new affordable city car is set to arrive in showrooms in June with prices starting at £7,995 - offering space for five passengers.

This new compact car features a frugal 1.0-litre petrol engine, which returns claimed economy of 65.7mpg and emits 99g/km of CO2 in EcoFlex form, making it exempt from car tax. Vauxhall states that its new model boasts strong equipment levels and class-leading comfort and safety levels, offering a more practical alternative to the company's style-focused Adam three-door model.

Just two versions will be available – SE and SL – both featuring a long list of kit including six airbags, a lane departure warning, alarm, electric power steering with a light city mode for negotiating tight urban streets, electric front windows and electric heated wing mirrors. Also standard are cruise control, a trip computer, split-folding rear seats, front fog lights and steering wheel-mounted audio controls.

Stepping up to SL trim adds climate control, Bluetooth music streaming and mobile phone connectivity, a USB audio connection, a six-speaker sound system, 15-inch alloy wheels, tinted rear windows and a leather-covered steering wheel. From early next year the Viva will gain a new media system which allows connectivity with Apple and Android devices, including Apple CarPLay and Android Auto compatibility.

Prices stand at £7,995 for the entry-level model and rise to £8,170 for the car tax-exempt EcoFlex model, and £8,490 for an air conditioning-equipped version. Top spec SL trim weighs in at £9,495. While the EcoFlex model offers more than 65.7mpg, other versions return claimed economy of 62.8mpg and emit 104g/km of CO2, putting them into the £20 per year car tax band.

Vauxhall Viva

Vauxhall Viva