Opel Vivaro 2.0 Diesel 150 pk Innovation review (2020)

11 Aug 2021, 15:22  •  Uncategorized  •  Door koen

The Opel Vivaro is no longer what it used to be. He now comes from a different family. What does that mean for his qualities? We figured it out.

Opel Vivaro

Since the first model from 2001, the Opel Vivaro formed a unit with the Renault Trafic and Nissan Primastar. Opel has been part of the PSA Group since 2017 and that also has consequences for this partnership in the field of commercial vehicles. That came to an end, as a result of which the current Opel Vivaro has been equal to the existing PSA triplets Citroën Jumpy, Peugeot Expert and Toyota ProAce since 2019. Vans that are in great demand with different customer groups. What does the Opel have to offer?

Cargo space Opel Vivaro 2.0

We drive the largest version, the L3H1, with a single cabin with three seats. The cargo space in the back measures 6.1 m3, or even 6.6 m3 if you include the extra space in the cabin (via the optional loading hatch). The payload of the Vivaro obviously depends on the configuration, but is between 975 and 1,505 kg. Our test sample is allowed to carry 1,440 kg. With this long L3H1, an increased payload is standard, with the shorter versions this is optional.

The wheel arches take up a minimum of cargo space. The distance between the wheel arches is as wide as the rear door opening. The rear doors normally open 90 degrees, but after flipping a lock they can open 180 degrees. Then they don’t get in the way when loading. The sliding door also offers ample access and opens electrically as an option. Also optional is a sliding door on the left side.

Opel opens 180 degrees

The wheel arches take up a minimum of cargo space. The distance between the wheel arches is as wide as the rear door opening. The rear doors normally open 90 degrees, but after flipping a lock they can open 180 degrees. Then they don’t get in the way when loading. The sliding door also offers ample access and opens electrically as an option. Also optional is a sliding door on the left side.

Opel Vivaro cargo height

When developing the delivery van, the height was deliberately limited to 1.90 metres. This way you can still enter most parking garages. Handy for the passenger versions of the car. The internal dimensions of the Vivaro are neatly comparable with the direct competition. The height of the cargo area is approximately 1.4 meters. A raised roof is not available for the Vivaro, but this height is sufficient for most loads.

The loading opening at the rear is a bit on the narrow side compared to the total vehicle width. One of the cabinet parts that we wanted to transport – 1.5 meters high and should have fit diagonally in terms of internal dimensions – we just couldn’t get into it. The other parts of the cabinet, however, found a good place. The various fastening eyes for tension straps are useful.

Opel Vivaro loading hatch

Do you want to transport something that is longer than the cargo area? Then the already mentioned loading hatch may offer a solution. A panel on the right-hand side of the cabin wall can be removed very easily. The rightmost seat then folds up effortlessly to make room in the cab for more cargo. This is also handy without using the loading hatch. There is also an attachment point on the cabin floor for, for example, a tension strap.

Vivaro 2.0 cabin

The dashboard is equipped with various storage compartments, although they are not all equally useful. Near the gear lever, for example, there is a compartment that just doesn’t fit your smartphone. On top of the dashboard is a nice deep compartment, but while driving you can only get something out of it by touch.

Opel Vivaro cargo space

The spacious door pockets, cup holders and the two dashboard compartments for the passengers are useful, the top one of which can be closed (the airbag is located in the flat part on top of the dashboard). A swivel table can be folded from the back of the middle seat. Handy for, for example, a tablet or (not too large) laptop. If you fold the seat forward, it turns out that there is a narrow but deep storage compartment underneath. As mentioned, the rightmost seat can be folded to make room for more cargo.

Opel Vivaro 2.0 options

The price list starts with the Selection. It brings with it the essential equipment, but not much more than that. For example, you will only find air conditioning with the Edition, just like an adjustable driver’s seat, the storage space in the front seat, a cooled glove compartment and an extra 12V connection. Furthermore, the Edition has a rain sensor and automatic lighting. There is a radio with USB and Bluetooth connection, but no touchscreen. Cruise Control and Hill Climb Assist are always standard, even with the Selection.

Opel Vivaro Luxurious edition

Real luxury amenities can be found at the Innovation we tested. With hubcaps that cover the entire rim and body-colored bumpers that not only look more luxurious, you also get a multimedia system with 7-inch touchscreen (incl. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto) and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with buttons for operating functions.

In terms of assistance, the Innovation offers you, among other things, automatic high beam, lane guidance, blind spot warning (via lights in the side mirrors) and parking sensors. Much of the standard equipment of the Innovation can be ordered optionally for the Edition. With the same option list, the Innovation can also be equipped with numerous other things.

Opel MultiMedia Navi Pro

The Vivaro comes standard without navigation. That also applies to the Innovation. A conscious choice, because you save more than a thousand euros for the Navigation package or the separate MultiMedia Navi Pro. By connecting your own smartphone, you can, for example, display Google Maps on the central touchscreen. Just as handy and you always have the most current maps.

Opel Vivaro mirror

In the smaller – and basically newer – Combo, Opel supplies a fully digital interior mirror. Via a screen integrated in the mirror, you can not only look backwards while driving as if you were looking through the rear window, but the mirror also has a blind spot function. Then you see in widescreen everything that is happening to the right of the car. Ideal for example when turning right next to a bicycle path.

It would be a godsend to supply that for the Vivaro as well. Perhaps it will come with a next update of the car. The Vivaro is equipped with a regular rear-view mirror. By turning that mirror all the way to the bottom right, it can also be used to a certain extent as a blind spot mirror. Furthermore, the Vivaro is optionally available with a reversing camera in addition to the parking sensors.

Vivaro driving comfort

Not only the functionality, but also the driving characteristics are important. In that respect we can conclude that the Vivaro is a nice driving bus. The driving behavior is very close to that of a passenger car. You sit a lot higher and more upright, but the operation is pleasant. The clutch pedal gives good feedback, the poker moves quite smoothly through the gears and the steering behavior is also not to be faulted.

The rest of the driving comfort is also fine. Even when empty, short irregularities are well eliminated. Only really big bumps are clearly passed on in the form of body movements. When accelerating, the engine is clearly heard, but once at a constant speed it remains nicely in the background. Also on the highway.

Opel Vivaro handling

Not only the functionality, but also the driving characteristics are important. In that respect we can conclude that the Vivaro is a nice driving bus. The driving behavior is very close to that of a passenger car. You sit a lot higher and more upright, but the operation is pleasant. The clutch pedal gives good feedback, the poker moves quite smoothly through the gears and the steering behavior is also not to be faulted.

The rest of the driving comfort is also fine. Even when empty, short irregularities are well eliminated. Only really big bumps are clearly passed on in the form of body movements. When accelerating, the engine is clearly heard, but once at a constant speed it remains nicely in the background. Also on the highway.

Rijwind is actually only present on the highway, but a conversation remains possible without raising your voice. Due to the mostly beautiful weather during the test week, the wind sensitivity could not be tested extensively, but it seems that the Vivaro will not be easily taken off course. You do feel the wind pulling on the bus, but countersteering is hardly necessary, for example.

Vivaro driver assistance system

The driver assistance systems do their job well. They only intervene if it is really necessary and you are not bothered by it. Although the lane guidance is a warning beep, which precedes an intervention, very quickly. So we turned that system off. Fortunately, the Vivaro also remembers that for the next ride.

The adaptive cruise control works well. For example, it doesn’t intervene roughly when someone suddenly dives in front of you. However, it should start the car a little earlier as soon as there is space again. This also applies to almost all cars with adaptive cruise control.

1.5-litre four-cylinder

The engine range consists of a 1.5-litre four-cylinder diesel engine with an output of 102 hp and a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine with 122, 150 or 177 hp. The transmission is basically a six-speed manual. The 122 hp diesel is optionally also available with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and the automatic transmission is standard with the 177 hp version.

Opel Vivaro fully electric

A fully electrically powered version will soon be available for the Vivaro as well as the Citroën Jumpy, Peugeot Expert and Toyota ProAce, which, depending on the chosen battery pack, has a range of about 200 to more than 300 kilometers.

Opel Vivaro 150 hp version

We drove the 150 hp version. Although we have not been able to test the Vivaro with a really heavy load, we do not think that you will soon be short of power. Even with a lighter load, smooth, effortless overtaking actions are still possible. This makes the 177 hp variant especially interesting for those who really want an automatic transmission and do not have enough power of 122 hp.

Fuel consumption

Consumption fluctuated during the test week around 1 in 15. We drove mainly empty and outside built-up areas on a mix of highways and N-roads. With a load and/or more kilometers in the city, the consumption will of course be less favorable. For comparison: the official average consumption is 1 to 18.8. They remain neat values.

Opel Vivaro 2.0 price

The prices of course depend entirely on the configuration, but the price list starts at 17,999 euros for a 102 hp L1H1 Selection. The L3H1 Innovation we tested is available from 26,449 euros with a power of 122 hp, or 27,149 euros with 150 hp. The Platform Cabine (L2H1 with increased payload) for a custom-made construction is available from 22,499 euros, but that is without that construction.

Conclusion

As mentioned, the Opel Vivaro is also available as Citroën Jumpy, Peugeot Expert and Toyota ProAce. Looking at the starting prices, the Opel is the cheapest, although the difference is literally one euro. The Citroën and Peugeot are available from exactly 18,000 euros and the Toyota costs at least 18,315 euros. The engine range is similar, prices and equipment differ only in detail. If you have very specific wishes, you can compare the price lists, but the final choice is mainly based on general brand preference.

The different brands also have different service offerings. Toyota stands out in particular: no less than 5 years or 200,000 kilometers general warranty. The other brands offer the ‘standard’ 2 year general warranty, without mileage limitation. Opel also offers a well-organized Opel Maintenance program, where you can even watch the mechanic from a distance.

Passenger transport

A passenger version is also available for all these models. Under the name Combi, you will find an ‘ordinary’ passenger van with these brands, but the more luxurious version, intended more as a passenger car, gets its own type name with all these brands. These are the Opel Zafira Life, Citroën Space Tourer, Peugeot Traveler and Toyota ProAce Verso respectively.

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