I had this as a hire car and would never consider owning one - although I can see its appeal.
I found the visibility poor and that cars, and particularly motorcycles, can fall into that blind spot (as a biker this is worrying).
The trim and equipment levels seemed basic and extras pricey. The ride is OK and it's fairly fun to drive. Its fuel economy is not as good as I would want for a family car and I'd be concerned about the quality of the interior after a few years of family ownership.
I'd definitely recommend buying a second hand MPV rather than buying a new Meriva.
A nice car but I found it impossible to live with the forward visibility due to the front pillars. These are an absolute nightmare at roundabouts and, in my opinion, very dangerous.
Having owned this car for six months, I was quite shocked at the depreciation on exchange. I would not recommend this as a family car. The fuel consumption is nothing special. For the price of this car you could do a lot lot better.
I have had Vectras, Astras and I now have a Meriva 1.8 Enjoy, it is absolutely brilliant, and one of the best cars I have owned in a long time.
It's very quiet compared to the Astra also the ride is a lot smoother, probably because it has softer suspension.
It does tend to bounce about a bit on back roads but once on A or B roads the ride is very good. The 1.8 engine is quiet unless you are accelerating hard through the gears.
The inside is a bit plasticky but easy to keep clean with lots of storage and excellent flexy seating. The driving position is high up and gives a good view all round except for the front window pillars, which can be a bit of a problem on roundabouts.
Over all, it is a car that I get a lot of enjoyment driving.
A very comfotable and practical car. the 16V engine is flexible and willing though a tad noisy Brilliant inside for two teenage boys with separate audio controls and privacy glass!!
Economy seems average. Visibility is fine once you get use to it. Handling and ride are great Reliability too early to say yet.
The only complaint is an irritating vibration from inside the dash otherwise a great car
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