Opel Vivaro – The modern equivalent of the original kombi comes as either a van or a bus. Depending on where in the world you are it could be a Vauxhall, Renault, Opel or Nissan. I tested the bus version, the Vivaro 1.9 CDTi Bus with a R325 990 price tag, for which you get a comprehensive package and car-like driveability. It is easy to drive and park.
The cabin has front and rear aircon, a good sound system, easy access except for the front passenger and is very neat. This 9 seater is very versatile (sliding doors on both sides for example) and is roomy. There are two back doors which swing open. Total length is less than 5m so it fits into normal parking and into garages. It drives like a big car. Acceleration is on the slow side of brisk, but overall handling is pleasant. Park assist is fitted as standard in the bus, as is central locking, car alarm, two airbags and the two bench seats (rows 2 and 3) can be easily removed.
Fuel consumption of about 9.3 L/100km can be expected from the 6 speed 74kW/240Nm turbodisel engine.
The van models come in petrol and diesel variants. The Vivaro comes with 5 year/120 000km warranty and 5 year/ 90 000km service plan. The vans start at R256 090.