Motoring: Vauxhall Viva

2015 Vauxhall Viva. See PA Feature MOTORING News. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Handout. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature MOTORING News.

2015 Vauxhall Viva. See PA Feature MOTORING News. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Handout. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature MOTORING News.

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Thinking of buying a small car? Vauxhall wants you to stop what you’re doing and look this way: the firm has just announced prices for the Viva supermini.

The budget-friendly runabout will start from £7,995, which buys a basic SE model with six airbags, electric mirrors and front windows, and remote central locking.

Special ‘Air Con’ and ‘EcoFlex’ versions of the SE will be added for those who want air conditioning or sub-100g/km emissions.

Upgrading to SL trim - a badge deliberately carried over from the original Viva - brings a price tag of £9,495 on the road. Climate control, improved seat trim, leather steering wheel trim, six speakers, a USB connection and Bluetooth will all be standard.

Extras like heated seats and steering wheel, rear parking sensors and a sliding glass sunroof are ammunition that Vauxhall hopes will tempt buyers away from established city cars.

“Short, crisp and full of character, Vauxhall’s new entry-level model is a proper small car and will hold great appeal in this rapidly growing sector,” said Tim Tozer, Vauxhall’s chairman and managing director.

“In showrooms this summer, priced from £7,995 on-the-road, Viva joins new Corsa and Adam in a compelling small car portfolio, giving Vauxhall an unrivalled position in the small car market.”