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Vauxhall Vivaro & Doublecab Review

Vauxhall Vivaro & Doublecab Review - Van Sales UK
August 4th, 2023

The Vauxhall Vivaro & Doublecab at a glance

Originally launched over 20 years ago, the Vauxhall Vivaro has become well-established as one of the most capable models in the medium van sector, and it’s still going strong. If space, comfort, efficiency and technology are on your radar, then this is the van for you.

The Vivaro is available in two lengths (L1 and L2) and in two different models, the standard Prime model – which is also available as a Doublecab – and the Pro model.

Ideal for couriers or even small business owners looking to convert their van to suit their mobile business needs, the Vauxhall Vivaro and Vivaro Doublecab have cargo space in abundance with flexible loading options, whilst the interior cabin is built for business, featuring ergonomic seating, advanced tech and practical storage.

Read on below as we delve into the features and specifications of the Vauxhall Vivaro & Doublecab, with reference to the jobs this van is best suited for.

Engines and Spec

The Vivaro comes with the choice for either a 1.5L or 2.0L Turbo diesel engine, ranging between 100PS, 120PS and 145PS, while the Vivaro Doublecab exclusively uses a 2.0L Turbo diesel engine, ranging between 145PS and 180PS, with the options for either 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmission.

Looking at the cargo capabilities of the Vivario, the maximum indicative payload of the L1 and L2 vans ranges from 1,060kg to 1,259kg, whilst the Vivaro Doublecab payload ranges from 1170kg to 1617kg, depending on which engine and model you opt for. As for the loadspace, the L1 panel van offers 5.3m3 and the L2 offers 6.1m3 of space, while the L2 Doublecab offers 4m3 of space.


Alongside the impressive payload and available cargo space that is ideal for any courier, the Vivaro offers flexible loading solutions. There is the option for Vauxhall’s FlexCargo, which allows for two extra people with an additional passenger bench, including a fold-flat centre seat backrest to create a table for paperwork – ideal for independent business owners. You could also make use of the load-through bulkhead, allowing you to carry more and longer items or materials.

There’s also the option for electric sliding doors that are activated by moving your foot, which is incredibly convenient for couriers of large goods, who will often have their hands full when loading and unloading their van for deliveries.

As for the Vivaro Doublecab, this is excellent for taxi drivers, with a dual passenger seat and rear passenger bench seating up to three people allowing for a maximum of five passengers at any given time, all whilst having enough space in the back for any luggage that customers may have with them.

All Vivaro vans also feature a 7-inch colour touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Alongside the abundant storage solutions (including storage for A4 documents), chilled glovebox and filtered air conditioning system, this makes for a comfortable and convenient driving experience for those who find themselves on the road for the most part of their working day.

Pros & Cons


  • Impressively high payload ratings, ideal for couriers of heavy items.
  • Comfortable and practical cabin well-suited to the needs of those who own a mobile business.
  • Includes a lot of useful features (especially connectivity features) as standard, rather than as optional extra unlike many rival vans on the market.


  • Though there is plenty of storage, there is a lack of covered storage, which would be useful for keeping important or valuable documents and items.
  • The diesel engine is not the most suitable for those who work exclusively in urban areas, though an electric version is available.

The Verdict

From couriers to taxi drivers to mobile business owners, the Vauxhall Vivaro & Doublecab is a modern and versatile van that offers plentiful benefits to suit a variety of commercial needs. Not only is it a comfortable van to spend the day driving, but its weight and space capabilities are up there with the best on the market, not to mention the flexibility offered both with cargo space and passenger seating both in the standard Vivaro and the Doublecab.

Brand new, the Vivaro will set you back upwards of £30,000, which (in today’s economy) would see you having to take out a small loan to be able to purchase it brand new without breaking the bank. Alternatively, and preferably, you should consider financing your van with us here at Vanaways.

We have the brand new for 2023 Vauxhall Vivaro in stock and available from just £299 per month plus VAT, complete with three years manufacturer’s warranty and breakdown cover for free.

To enquire about the Vivaro and discuss the finance options we can offer you, get in touch with us today.


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