Replacing the Agila as the entry-point in the range, this tall, five-door hatchback is the Vauxhall Viva, slotting below the recently-revised Corsa and funkier Adam in the firm’s line-up.

What is it?

Retro small cars have proved popular for years – you only need to stand on a street corner for a few minutes to see several Fiat 500s and MINIs. Instead of using the design of a much-loved older model to inspire a new one, Vauxhall’s dusted off the Viva badge, last used in 1979 for its newcomer. Elsewhere in Europe, the Opel version will be called Karl.

As similarities go, Vivas of old were no-nonsense, spacious family cars, as is the latest model to bear the name, with five seats in its compact bodywork, and as such it doesn’t compete directly with the chic Fiat and MINI. Instead Vauxhall is attempting to lure buyers away from the likes of Dacia’s Sandero , Kia’s Rio and Ford’s forthcoming Ka.

Although the new Viva is distinctive from the side - with its sculpted bulges rising upwards towards the tail -the front and rear aspects seem ordinary by comparison. There’s a palette of 10 colours to choose from to help liven it up.