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Vauxhall announces prices for new Meriva

  • New Vauxhall Meriva will cost from 15,495
  • Diesel-engined models start at 16,875
  • Every version has rear-hinged back doors and adaptable cabin
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Prices for the new Meriva MPV will start at 15,495, Vauxhall has announced.

Thats well over 1500 more than the current model and much more than a basic Citroen C3 Picasso or Nissan Note but the new car is larger and more practical than its predecessor, as well having a more powerful entry-level engine.

Every model in the new range also has back doors that are hinged at the rear and open to an angle of nearly 90 degrees, making it easier for passengers to get in and out.

The cabin can be arranged in several ways without the need to remove any of the seats. Both outer rear seats can be moved backwards and forwards individually, and slide inwards to provide more shoulder width and legroom.

Standard kit across the range includes a CD player, electric windows and heated door mirrors. However, buyers will need to spend an extra 500 if they want air-conditioning added to the most basic trim.

From Exclusiv trim upwards (with prices starting at 16,650), chilled air is standard, along with cruise control, curtain airbags and the Flexrail system. According to Vauxhall, this transforms the conventional centre console into an adaptable storage area that will swallow a wide range of everyday items, from handbags to MP3 players and sunglasses.

Range-topping SE models start at 17,430 and get a panoramic glass roof with an electronic sunshade, tinted rear windows and folding tables on the front seat backs.

The car is available to order now, with a choice of three petrol engines and two diesels. The entry-level model is the 99bhp 1.4 S, with the cheapest diesel model being the 74bhp 1.3 CDTi S, which costs 16,875.

At the top of the range is the 21,255 1.7 CDTi SE. Like all models with this engine, it will initially only come with an automatic gearbox, but a six-speed manual box will also be available soon afterwards.