New Vauxhall Vivaro Sportive unveiled

In a highly competitive market, the Vivaro is up against the likes of the best-selling Ford Transit and new Citroen Berlingo and as a result, has added refreshed the range with the Vivaro Sportive model.

Sports van models are understandably rare and the Sportive name refers mostly to the 16" five-spoke alloy wheels, coloured rear light clusters and mirror housings and, for the first time ever on a Vivaro van, a leather steering wheel.

Vauxhall also includes more practical features such as a radio CD with Bluetooth, front fog lights and an optional cruise control on the Sportive, which is available immediately.

To help sales of the Vivaro Sportive get off the ground, Vauxhall has included two free option packs with all new Sportive models for a limited period. The Plus Packs 1 or 2 adds a remote control alarm system, rear parking sensors and air conditioning.

The gadget-packed Vivaro Sportive is £250 more than standard Vivaro models, but Vauxhall estimates over £1,175 worth of equipment is included in the free option packs offer.

All Vivaro models will not benefit from a new entertainment system, cruise control and a redesigned dashboard while a steel bulkhead and a Steel Grey exterior colour can be added as options.

Finally, service intervals on all Vivaro models have been extended from 18,000 to 20,000 miles. A spokesperson for Vauxhall commented, "The upgrades will deliver improved operator safety and value for money while lowering the cost of ownership."