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.
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.
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.
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…
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…
More than just an MPV with funny doors, the Meriva stacks up as an ideal car for a small family – better for four than five, though. This is our favourite version, but some may prefer to spend more on an engine with a little more power.