The payload of a vehicle refers to the maximum amount of weight it can carry in terms of cargo or goods. It represents the total combined weight of all the loaded items, including any passengers and their belongings.
The specific payload capacity of a Vauxhall Vivaro varies depending on the model, its configuration and engine size. Generally speaking, the payload of a Vivaro ranges from around 1,000 kilograms (2,204 pounds) to 1,400 kilograms (3,086 pounds).
It’s important to note that the payload weight includes the items being transporting PLUS any additional weight from accessories, modifications, or equipment that has been added to the van. Exceeding the recommended payload limit can lead to safety issues and potentially damage the vehicle, so it’s crucial to stay within the specified weight limits to ensure a safe and efficient journey.
The internal capacity of a Vauxhall Vivaro obviously varies depending on the specific model and its configuration. For guidance, the cargo area will have a length ranging from around 2.5 to 3.5 metres (8 to 11.5 feet), a width between approximately 1.6 to 1.9 metres (5.2 to 6.2 feet), and a height of roughly 1.4 to 1.9 metres (4.6 to 6.2 feet). These dimensions provide an idea of the space available for your cargo and will help you plan your loading accordingly.
Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW)
The Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) refers to the maximum total weight of the Vauxhall Vivaro, including the vehicle itself, passengers, cargo, and any additional accessories or modifications. The GVW will vary, again, by model, but typically ranges from around 2,700 to 3,200 kilograms (5,952 to 7,055 pounds). It’s important to pay attention to the GVW as it determines the maximum weight your vehicle can legally carry, including both the payload and the weight of the vehicle itself.
Exceeding payloads – fines in the UK
It is essential to adhere to legal weight limits to ensure safety on the roads. Exceeding the payload on any vehicle can lead to fines and penalties.
The penalties for overloading depend on how much the vehicle is overloaded by but can include fines, penalty points on your licence, and even prohibition from driving. If you are hiring a van, it’s your responsibility to familiarise yourself with the specific weight limits for the model you are hiring and ensure you stay within them.
When loading your Vivaro, try to distribute the weight evenly to maintain balance and stability over the route. Uneven loads can affect the vehicle’s handling and increase the risk of accidents. Additionally, make sure to properly secure the cargo to prevent it from rolling around during transit. Utilise straps, bungee cords or cargo nets to fix items and prevent them from moving.
Before hiring a Vivaro, assess exactly what you need to transport and its weight to ensure it falls within the vehicle’s payload capacity. If you have a very large or exceptionally heavy load, it might be necessary to consider using a larger van or making multiple trips. Advance planning will help you to avoid overloading issues and ensure a smooth and problem-free experience.
If you have any doubts about the size of the van in relation to your cargo, please call our friendly team for chat. We have a large range of van options and will be able to suggest the best match for your needs.