Vauxhall's Meriva is a family-car turning usability on its head with a combination of clever, rear-hinged back doors which radically improve access, and a raft of unique cabin features that boost interior versatility.
- Plenty of space with easy access
- Efficient 1.3 CDTi engine
- Excellent ride and handling
- Has plenty of competition with the Zafira offering greater flexibility
- Only five seats
- Cumbersome to park
Enhanced silhouette with cab-forward design Vauxhall have focused on access with the Meriva's FlexDoors - rear-hinged back doors which swing open towards the back of the car at an angle of nearly 90 degrees, vastly improving the ease with which occupants enter and leave the cabin - a major benefit for both parents with young children, as well as older people. The centre console transforms into a convenient and adaptable storage area for a wide range of everyday items. FlexSpace seating system offers a range of cabin configurations without having to remove any of the seats. Both its outer rear seats can be moved individually, and also slide inwards to provide more shoulder width and leg room. The petrol engine line-up comprises three versions of the 16-valve 1.4-litre unit and two turbocharged 1.4-litre producing either 120PS or 140PS. All engines get five-speed manual gearboxes, except the 1.4 Turbo 140PS, which has a 6-speed manual gearbox. The diesel line-up starts with a 75PS, 1.3 CDTi unit which uses closed-loop catalyst technology to enhance fuel consumption and a 1.7CDTi unit producing 100PS equipped with a 6-speed fully automatic gearbox and the low C02-emitting ecoFLEX model powered by a 95PS 1.3 CDTi. A popular car than Vauxhall have made an even better, the Meriva is a clever small MPV with bags of space.
Need To Know
Best Models: ecoFLEX 1.3 CDTi
Worst Models: 1.4-litre 120PS petrol
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Value for Money