For An innovative take on the small MPV with rear-hinged rear doors for easy access. The Vauxhall Meriva is packed with family-friendly features, and comes with a warranty that ‘could last a lifetime’.
Against The steering is vague, the gearchange is poor and the cabin becomes noisy at speed. The Meriva isn’t cheap, either, and although it will seat five, the fifth passenger draws a decidedly short straw.
Not a class-leader, by any means. But if you get a big enough discount – and only need to carry four people – the Vauxhall Meriva has some clever tricks up its sleeve.
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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.