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Parkers Van Deal of the Week 28/11/14

  • Very low running costs
  • 5.4 cubic metre load space
  • Priced at just £11,837 plus VAT

The Vauxhall Vivaro has developed a large and loyal following since it first hit in the market in 2001. In the summer, Vauxhall replaced the 13-year-old vehicle was replaced with the second generation, which delivers better loading attributes and lower running costs. To the delight of many Vivaro buyers, list price wasn’t compromised either, and this example is just £11,837.

In the cab

Because it’s only the ‘billy basic’ model, there isn’t a lot in terms of cabin features. There is a DAB radio, though, and steering mounted controls and a multifunction on-board computer. The only main criticism was that, while the side windows are low and offer good views, the same cannot be said for the windscreen, which is hindered by the raised dashboard.

Driveline

In terms of driving impressions, it’s pretty difficult to beat. It’s well refined and one of the quietest vans we’ve tested of this size, while the 6-speed manual transmission is extremely smooth. This particular examples employs the 89bhp (dCi 90) version, offering 260Nm of torque. It’s also very fuel efficient engine, achieving 43.5mpg on the combined cycle.

Loading Capabilities

The load volume has slightly improved to 5.4 cubic metres on the short wheelbase, low roof version and there is a payload of 1,041, which isn’t bad considering that this is the lighter, 2.7 tonne variant. The load area also contains a number of lashing points, a full bulkhead and a nearside side loading door.

Sales and aftersales

This deal is exclusive to New Van Dealer, which can be found on the Parkers for sale section. The Vivaro comes with a three year or 100,000 miles warranty and service intervals are set at two years or 25,000 miles.