Driving position and visibility are absolutely ghastly.
Performance of the 1.6 16v is pathetic. Overtaking on the motorway becomes an arduous task. Managed to squeeze 300 motorway miles from an almost full tank - not nearly as much as I expected.
Cabin felt well built and of reasonable quality.
This is a good car generally. It's spec low for the price but depreciation is not as bad as rivals.
The acoustics at high speeds need to be re-deisgned ie on motorways etc.
Overall a very usefull family car full of practical features and lots of storage space.
The fuel consumption figure I am getting is a constant 35mpg, which isn't marvellous for a diesel but the driveability of the punchy power unit is superb and the very adjustable driving position make the car a pleasure to drive for a tall person like myself.
The only slight criticism is the front seats are a little close together and this makes changing gear a bit awkward if the front-seat passenger is of a generous size.
The ability of this car to swallow large items is particularly useful.
Overall, it's a smashing little car and I would have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone.
The visibility from the driving position lets this car down! Thick pillars each side of the windscreen can cause blind spots at crossroads and roundabouts.
After two near misses and under 2000 miles, we have parted company. Even the dealer did not seem to want the Meriva back in part exchange for a new Zafira. Hence we have selected a car with better visibility for safer driving.
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