Prices are on the steep side, but big discounts make up for that. However, although the Target Price of the Expression and S models may seem appealing, they lack some essential kit. The 1.3 CDTi Ecoflex offers impressive running costs, and costs £30 a year for road tax. The Meriva does come with the reassurance of a possible lifetime (limited to 100,000 miles) warranty on the car, but read the terms and conditions carefully.
Vauxhall Meriva quality & reliability
Interior quality is a mixed bag. Some of the switchgear is borrowed from more expensive models in the Vauxhall line-up, and the cabin looks upmarket. However, some of the plastics make it feel cheap and flimsy. The old car didn't score particularly well in our annual JD Power satisfaction survey, so this one needs to be more dependable.
Vauxhall Meriva safety & security
The Meriva scored an impressive five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating, and all models get stability control and anti-lock brakes, as well as twin front and side airbags. We’re disappointed that the Expression and S models don’t get curtain airbags, though.