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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.

Vauxhall Meriva MPV
22 5stars

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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There are 33 Vauxhall Meriva versions available

MPV 1.4i VVT 100 Expression 5dr £12,625
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
MPV 1.4i VVT 100 Tech Line AC 5dr £13,995
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
MPV 1.3 CDTi 75 Tech Line AC 5dr £15,610
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
MPV 1.4i VVT 100 S 5dr £16,420
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
MPV 1.4i VVT 100 S AC 5dr £16,930
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
MPV 1.4i VVT 100 Exclusiv 5dr £17,090
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
MPV 1.4T 120 S 5dr £17,155
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
MPV 1.4i VVT 100 Energy AC 5dr £17,575
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
MPV 1.4i VVT 100 Exclusiv AC 5dr £17,600
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
MPV 1.4T 120 S AC 5dr £17,665
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
MPV 1.3 CDTi 75 S 5dr £17,910
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
MPV 1.4T 120 Exclusiv AC 5dr £18,330
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
MPV 1.3 CDTi 75 S AC 5dr £18,420
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
MPV 1.4i VVT 100 SE 5dr £18,445
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
MPV 1.6 CDTi 95 S/S S 5dr £19,000
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
MPV 1.3 CDTi 75 Energy AC 5dr £19,070
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
MPV 1.3 CDTi 75 Exclusiv AC 5dr £19,085
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
MPV 1.4T 140 Exclusiv AC 5dr £19,160
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
MPV 1.4T 120 SE 5dr £19,175
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
MPV 1.6 CDTi 110 S/S S 5dr £19,310
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
MPV 1.6 CDTi 136 S S/S 5dr £19,340
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
MPV 1.6 CDTi 136 S AC S/S 5dr £19,855
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
MPV 1.4T 140 SE 5dr £20,005
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
MPV 1.6 CDTi 95 S/S Exclusiv 5dr £20,175
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
MPV 1.7 CDTi 110 S auto 5dr £20,340
What Car? says:1 stars out of 5
MPV 1.6 CDTi 110 S/S Exclusiv 5dr £20,485
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
MPV 1.6 CDTi 136 Exclusiv AC S/S 5dr £20,515
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
MPV 1.7 CDTi 110 S AC Auto 5dr £20,850
What Car? says:1 stars out of 5
MPV 1.6 CDTi 110 S/S SE 5dr £21,340
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
MPV 1.6 CDTi 136 SE AC S/S 5dr £21,370
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
MPV 1.6 CDTi 136 Tech Line 5dr £21,370
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
MPV 1.7 CDTi 110 Excl. AC Auto 5dr £21,515
What Car? says:1 stars out of 5
MPV 1.7 CDTi 110 SE AC Auto 5dr £22,360
What Car? says:1 stars out of 5

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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