My 1.6 Breeze is the smoothest-riding and most comfortable car I have ever owned. It made my Honda Jazz seem like a bone-shaker.
The Easytronic transmission is a little jerky at crawling speeds but otherwise it is as smooth as an auto box and probably works better than most folks could use a clutch. It is only bettered by a CVT transmission.
Do not order the Travel Pack with the trays on the rear of the driver's seat because it prevents taller drivers using all the legroom when the rear seats are folded down.
There is far more usable space in this car than many other larger estate cars and it drives and handles so well you never feel that it is going to fall over like some MPVs do.
A fuel consumption of 45mpg is achievable on the urban cycle and the absence of engine and wind noise is a delight.
If anything, the brakes are too powerful and the steering is slightly camber-sensitive but you soon get used to it.
Forward visibility is an issue and it requires a bit of looking around the corner to see the off side kerbs at roundabouts and care at certain junctions, so it will not suit lazy drivers.
The tailgate has a handle that can trap the fingers of the unwary when being opened and the numberplate is partially obstructed by a towbar because it resides low down on the rear skirt, instead of living sensibly out of the muck on the tailgate.
I drive a 1.6 16v Enjoy. I have driven it for many hours for 15 months and it has been fabulous.
It has very few rattles, which is amazing. It is superbly designed and easy to load. As a district nurse, it is very comfortable and practical. I definitely will buy another. The issue of visibility is fairly easy to live with, you just look twice, I don't find it a problem. The 16v is pretty nippy, especially if you use Shell Optimax.
The one big downfall is they have meteoric depreciation - losing me approximately £4000 in 15 months!
It's definitely one of the best cars I have ever had, and my last car was a new VW Golf, which was far more trouble than this car.
Having previously owned a Ford Focus, the Mervia is a joy to drive. There is virtually no outside noise while driving (unlike the Focus). It handles very well and drives like a train on the tracks around the bendy roads.
Its fuel consumption is good, it has great torque and a feeling of safety within the car. There are bad reviews about the visibility but I cannot agree.
This car gives you the sense of huge space. With all the extra within the cabin, it keeps my sons and their father very happy. It has trays in the rear, its own music system in the back, loads of places to store things, and the seats move backwards and sideways. It also has good boot space, especially with the smart seating system in rear.
I would highly recommend this car.
The Meriva is a fantastic small family car with features and looks that can be enjoyed by children and pensioners alike.
You can even fit an air bed in the back and use it for festivals/weekend trips!
I have owned mine for around a year, if you drive it gently it will run for a fortnight on just one tank of petrol, though the oil consuption is a little alarming.
Not only do the rear seats fold away, they even go back and forth, side to side!
I like the independent audio for the rear though it is a bit far out of reach for small people in the back.
Ive driven it everywhere from round town to over the wrynos pass/ hard knotts pass (25% gradient) in the lake district, IT LOVES IT!
though i would recomend going for some thing bigger than the 1.6 petrol as it can be hard to drive with the a/c on in the city.
All in all it's a multi function funky vehicle for everyday use, I like the look of the front end but it is really hard to see round some corners!
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