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For The extra 20bhp over the entry-level diesel is welcome. Yet, despite the extra oomph, this model is cheaper to run – it costs £30 a year to tax and should manage 62mpg.

Against The engine is up to job when it’s just you on board, but add the rest of your family and it starts to struggle. S trim misses some important kit.

Vauxhall Meriva MPV

What Car? says

2 out of 5 stars

The cheapest Meriva to run, and the engine to go for if you need a diesel. But spend a bit more on Exclusiv trim, which adds air-con and curtain airbags.

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Key facts

13.8 secs
Top speed
104 mph
Average mpg
Tank range
747 miles
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Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

With the Vauxhall Meriva there are just four trims (Expression, S, Exclusiv and SE) and five engines to choose from. Expression is a rather basic entry-level car without air-con or curtain airbags – in fact, you have to step up to the pricey Exclusiv version to get those essentials. The fancy glass roof is only available on top-of-the-range SE model.

Prices of the models you’ll want (Exclusiv or SE) are steep, but likely to be offset somewhat by decent discounts – expect well into four figures off. If the dealer won’t at least match our Target Price, walk away.

Low-rate finance can also be expected, but some offers aren’t available on the entry-level Expression model.

Reader test team says:

Vauxhall Meriva MPV 1.4T 120 Exclusiv AC 5dr

Overall this is a much better car than its predecessor. I have previously had 1.6 petrol and 1.3 diesel Merivas and this one is better than both. It…

Geoff Walker

4 out of 5 stars

Vauxhall Meriva MPV 1.3 CDTi 95 e'FLEX Ex'v AC S/S 5dr

This is the worst car we've owned by some margin. It feels unfinished, I suspect it was rushed out, without the final stages of development, when…

Darren Ainsworth

2 out of 5 stars
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