First Drive

Vauxhall Vivaro Limited Edition

The story:
Vauxhall has added a sporty and well-specced new top-end trim level to the Vivaro medium van range
Category:
Key rival:Ford Transit Custom Sportvan
On sale:Now
Vauxhall Vivaro Limited Edition L2H1 2900 Doublecab 1.6 CDTi 145PS BiTurbo
Price:£28,648 (ex VAT)
MPG:44.8
Power:145hp
Payload:970kg
Load length/height/width:2937/1387/1662mm

The desire for more equipment and luxury is starting to filter through the van world, and the Vivaro Limited Edition is the Vauxhall way of offering a vehicle that is not solely seen as commercial, at least in the cabin.

This range-topping model comes with a huge list of standard equipment that includes cruise control, rear parking sensors, digital radio, Bluetooth and a mobile phone docking station atop the dashboard. The latter is a great idea, but the mount is, sadly, too small to accommodate many of the larger smartphones on the market today.

The Limited Edition also gets tech that is new to the Vivaro range, such as automatic lights and wipers and touchscreen satellite-navigation.

The nav is based on a TomTom system, and is fiddly to set up, but offers clear guidance once it’s going.

Some of the Limited Edition’s additions won’t be to everyone’s tastes, though. The 17-inch black alloy wheels are a smart asset, but the black graphics on the bonnet and side of the van resemble a long-regretted tattoo that seems out of place on an otherwise classy vehicle.

The Limited Edition is available in either panel van or this crew cab version, and it comes with all the usual benefits of a Vivaro, namely a fantastic ride, great steering and a range of 1.6-litre diesel engines that contains the powerful and smooth BiTurbo powerplant.

This 145hp unit is a fantastic engine, with a great level of low-down torque to make hauling hefty loads easy, and enough of a turn of pace to allow the occasional overtake. It is a quiet engine, too, both inside and out. It settles down to a relaxed level on the motorway to make it a great choice for covering long distances.

Although prices start at £24,020 (ex VAT), it is remarkably easy to add on extra cost once you spec a few elements to make it even more luxurious.

The verdict

While much of the Limited Edition’s extra equipment makes the Vivaro a nice place in which to spend long days, the lesser, and cheaper, Sportive trim is a better bet.