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2018 (18) Vauxhall Viva 1.0 Rocks 5dr

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Featured specification

Standard specification

Driver Convenience

City assist mode for power steeringCruise control + speed limiter
Exterior temperature gaugeLights on warning
Low fuel level warning lightOn board computer
Rev counterService interval indicator

Entertainment

4 speakersSteering wheel mounted audio/cruise controls

Exterior Features

Anthracite bumpersAnthracite wheel arch and side sill extensions
Body colour door handlesBody colour door mirrors
Body colour rear spoilerChrome effect bar on front grille
Chrome effect door sill coversChrome inserts to bumpers and side mouldings
Daytime running lightsElectric front windows
Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrorsFront fog lights
Heated rear windscreenRear wash/wipe
Silver roof rails 

Interior Features

12V power point front60/40 split folding rear seat
Air conditioningChrome interior door handles
Driver/passenger sunvisors with ticket holders + vanity mirrorsFavo cloth upholstery
Front courtesy lightsFront cupholders x 2
Front door pocketsHeight adjustable driver's seat
Height adjustable front/rear head restraintsInstrument panel light dimmer
Isofix system on outer rear seatsRake adjustable steering column
Rear cupholderRear parcel shelf
Removable rear headrests 

Passive Safety

3x3 point rear seatbeltsABS
Cornering brake control (CBC)Driver/Front Passenger airbags
EBD + Brake AssistEmergency brake assist
ESP + traction controlFront and rear curtain airbags
Front seatbelt pretensioners with force limitersFront side airbags
Hill start assistPassenger airbag deactivate switch
Rear child proof door locksSeatbelt warning
Tyre pressure monitor 

Security

Engine immobiliserPerimeter alarm
Remote central locking 

Trim

Jet black fascia 

Wheels

15" Bi-colour alloy wheels
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions - ICE

CO2 (g/km)106NOx0.005
Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6 

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC999Compression Ratio10.5:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders3
Cylinders - Bore (mm)74Cylinders - Stroke (mm)77.4
Engine CodeB10XEEngine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel DeliveryMULTI POINT FUEL INJECTIONGears5 SPEED
Number of Valves12TransmissionMANUAL

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg)60.1EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)67.3EC Urban (mpg)50.4

General

Badge Engine CC1.0Badge Power75
Coin SeriesRocksGeneration Mark1
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 075EManufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years6
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years1NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %74
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %72NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 094
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %68NCAP Safety Assist %64
Service Interval Frequency - Months12Service Interval Mileage20000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage60000Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3
Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months60Timing Belt Interval Mileage100000
Vehicle Homologation ClassM1 

Performance

0 to 60 mph (secs)True0 to 62 mph (secs)13.1
Engine Power - BHP75Engine Power - KW55
Engine Power - PSTrueEngine Power - RPM6500
Engine Torque - LBS.FT70Engine Torque - MKG9.7
Engine Torque - NM95Engine Torque - RPM4500
Top Speed106 

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front185/55 R15
Tyre Size Rear185/55 R15Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Type15" ALLOY 

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1532Length3676
Wheelbase2385Width1632
Width (including mirrors)1876 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)32Gross Vehicle Weight1353
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1013Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)206
Max. Loading Weight489Minimum Kerbweight864
No. of Seats5Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb10.4
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Vauxhall Viva Rocks

By Jonathan Crouch

Introduction

If you're just about to sign a cheque for a rather run-of-the-mill used citycar made in the 2017 to 2019 period, then pause for a moment and take a look at this, the Vauxhall VIVA ROCKS. True, it'll appeal to a pretty narrow buying demographic but within that, there'll be those that might really like what this little runabout is trying to be.

History

The idea of a citycar SUV might sound like a contradiction in terms. Well, let's be honest, it is a contradiction in terms. But it's also a bit of fun, so why not? That was Vauxhall's reasoning anyway when it introduced this car, the VIVA ROCKS. Just about every market segment seems to offer an SUV option these days and the citycar sector is no exception. In theory, we've actually had models of this sort ever since 2004 when Fiat launched the Panda 4x4. That though, actually was a model with some sort of 'off piste' capability. In contrast, the idea this Vauxhall advanced - that of a small runabout simply dressed in crossover clothes to attract a younger audience - was, back in 2017 at this model's launch, quite a recent thing. Or at least it was in the citycar segment. We've seen the concept floated by a varied selection of slightly larger superminis at various times in the last couple of decades, with contenders like the Rover Streetwise, the Volkswagen Polo Dune, the Citroen C3 XTR and, a little more seriously, with the Suzuki Swift 4x4 and the more recent Ford Fiesta Active. When at last, the major brands were prompted by their marketing departments into doing the same thing with tiny urban runabouts, again it was Fiat who took the lead, launching their Panda Cross in 2017, an introduction closely followed by the arrival of the extrovert Suzuki Ignis. Others then also joined the party, bringing us a further selection of SUV-style citycars like Kia's Picanto X-Line, Ford's KA+ Active and, later in 2017, this VIVA ROCKS model. The VIVA was in particular need of this kind of marketing spin, with sales slowing after this modern era model's original 2015 launch and a buying demographic heavily orientated in the over-Fifties. By 2017, Vauxhall urgently needed to court younger customer with this car, hence the vital need for this ROCKS version, a variant that aimed to appeal to them quite a bit more. The body cladding, smarter wheels and higher ride height made a stronger streetside statement. Plus the brand hoped that twenty-something folk would be pleased by the potential for class-leading standards of interior media connectivity and the option of Vauxhall's clever 'OnStar' personal connectivity and service assistant set-up. The Viva line-up was dropped from the Vauxhall range after the brand's takeover by the PSA Group, sales finally ceasing in 2019.

What You Get

Vauxhall told us that this VIVA ROCKS. You'll have your own perspective on that but it certainly looks a good deal more eye-catching than the standard model thanks to its high-riding stance, chunky black bumpers and silver roof rails. You'll not be tempted to drive it over boulder-strewn tracks, but it'll certainly make more of a splash in the supermarket car park. A VIVA you could own without the neighbours necessarily assuming it'd been acquired using a Mobility allowance. And inside? Well up-front, Vauxhall promised us a 'new interior' here. It didn't deliver that of course. In fact, the only unique cabin aspects of a 'ROCKS' model lie with this variant's chrome-effect door sill covers and the seat trimming. The upholstery gets 'Jet black Favo' fabric trim finishing with plain black side bolsters and surrounds. There are reasonably-sized door pockets and two drinks holders in the front centre console. Plus plenty of cubbies for squirreling away your personal belongings, with the small storage areas above the centre console and above the reasonably-sized glovebox being especially ideal for things like smartphones and loose change. Once you're settled, you might find that this isn't the easiest citycar to see out of: the stubby nose dives away out of sight and the narrow rear screen would make us want to seek out a car fitted with the optional rear parking sensors. Still, it's easy to get comfortable, despite the fact that the Corsa-derived three-spoke multi-function steering wheel adjusts only for rake not for reach. The seat is quite supportive - and height-adjustable as standard across the range. Ahead of you lies a simple but classy two-dial instrument cluster, with the main two gauges separated by a trip computer and chunky switchgear that operates with a solid click. Over to your left, a smart gloss black-trimmed panel surrounds the clear and neatly presented stereo, mounted nice and high up so you don't have to take your eyes off the road for too long to use it. Lower down on the central stack are the controls for ventilation and the air conditioning system you won't get if you opt for the frugal ecoFLEX model. Everything's simple to use and as straightforward to get to grips with as operating a payphone. And in the rear? Well this car is 140mm longer than something comparable like a Volkswagen up and has over 100mm more wheelbase length than you'd get in a rival like the shared Peugeot 108/Citroen C1/Toyota Aygo citycar design. These are differences you notice sat in the back of this car. The Viva's back seat offers enough room for a six-footer to sit behind a similarly-sized driver. Out back, there's a 206-litre boot that's about average in size for this class. True, it can't deliver the amount of space you'd get in models from this period like Hyundai's i10, Suzuki's Celerio or the Volkswagen up/Skoda Citigo/SEAT Mii shared design. But it's equal in size to the cargo area you'd find in the Peugeot 108/CitroenC1/Toyota Aygo shared design and similar too, to the trunk size provided by rivals like Renault's Twingo and Kia's Picanto. There are a couple of hooks to secure shopping and if you need more room, then pushing forward the standard 60/40 split rear bench reveals up to 1,013-litres, though the seats don't fold completely flat.

What to Look For

We found plenty of satisfied Viva customers, but inevitably, there were some who had issues. We heard a few reports of cars that consumed a lot of oil, so check service records for that. Some buyers complained of rattles. And two had to have new engines fitted after persistent faults. There were two manufacturer recalls during the production run - one for a driveshaft problem and the other for an issue with the handbrake. It'll be worth checking that the remedial work has been carried out. Otherwise, it's the usual things; insist on a fully stamped-up service history. Check the alloys carefully for parking scrapes. And examine the interior plastics for signs of general child damage.

Replacement Parts

(approx based on a 2018 Viva Rocks 1.0 - Ex Vat) An air filter costs around £17. A pollen filter sits in the £8-£26 bracket. Front brake discs cost in the £30 to £90 bracket. Rear brake discs cost in the £40 to £72 bracket. Front brake pads sit in the £25 to £60 bracket for a set. A set of rear pads is around £60. Wiper blades can cost as little as £10. A radiator can be had for around £100. An oil filter costs in the £5 to £6 bracket.

On the Road

It would be very unwise indeed to drive the VIVA ROCKS over any very big rocks. But then it's hardly necessary to even make that point. It's evident from the most cursory glance that despite its small 18mm increase in ride height, this car isn't even suitable for the most undemanding forest trail, let alone a boulder-strewn track. Which is fine. No one, least of all Vauxhall, ever pretended that this VIVA was anything other than a citycar clad in some adventurous outdoor gear. No changes were made to any of the oily bits in the transformation of this VIVA to 'ROCKS' status. So under the bonnet beats the same 73PS 1.0-litre ECOTEC three cylinder petrol engine you'll find in any other version of this Vauxhall. Ride quality's pretty firm and engine noise can become a little intrusive at cruising speeds. In this car's preferred urban environment though, it's a relatively refined, willing companion, able to nip in and out of gaps in the traffic and turn on a sixpence if required thanks to the convenience of a provided 'City' button that lightens the steering for simpler parking and facilitation of quite a tight 10.4m turning circle. As for efficiency, the NEDC combined cycle fuel consumption figure was the same as any ordinary VIVA variant - 56.5mpg, with a CO2 reading of 115g/km.

Overall

There are two ways of looking at this car. Either it was a cynical marketing exercise with lifestyle styling that had no really practical purpose. Or it was a charming little city scoot that was attractively priced and good to look at. If you take the latter view, then you'll probably bond with this VIVA ROCKS immediately. It doesn't take itself too seriously. True, driving excitement will be in short supply - and the efficiency stats could be better. Still, at least the changes made didn't affect the standard VIVA's generally likeable urban demeanour. So there you have it. For sure, this isn't a perfect package, but it's a Vauxhall that turned out to be fashionable, properly priced and well-connected. Which leaves us with well what? Perhaps the realisation that if you're a used buyer wanting a more interesting breed of VIVA, then there's just one thing to do. Have it on the Rocks.

Performance
80%
Handling
70%
Comfort
70%
Space
60%
Styling
70%
Build
90%
Value
80%
Equipment
80%
Economy
70%
Depreciation
70%
Insurance
70%

* Depending on the age of the vehicle, MPG and CO2 may be quoted using either NEDC or WLTP testing standards.  Find out more

Figures are provided for comparison purposes. Fuel consumption under real world driving conditions and the CO2 produced will depend upon a number of factors, including any accessories fitted after registration, variations in driving styles, weather conditions and vehicle load.

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  • Vauxhall Viva - 1.0 Rocks 5dr
  • PF18CDU
  • GBP
  • 8498
  • 22336 miles, Salford Vauxhall / Fiat / Abarth / MG