Vauxhall’s now-traditional ‘wing’ treatment across the dashboard features on the Meriva, as do things like the steering wheel from the Insignia and the entertainment unit from the Astra. However, the latter is rather cluttered. Visibility is very good, though, both forward and over-the-shoulder.
Vauxhall Meriva space & practicality
Vauxhall’s Flexspace rear seats make another appearance in the Meriva, allowing you to convert the car from five- to a spacious four-seater. However, in five-seat mode, the middle seat is narrow and firm, while the Flexrail system running between the front seats limits the space available for passengers' feet. The boot is an okay size, though, and the rear seats fold easily, if not totally flat.
Vauxhall Meriva equipment
The level of kit on the entry-level Expression and S models is poor: there’s no air-con or curtain airbags. Exclusiv models get all of what you need, including the Flexrail organiser between the front seats, while SE begins to look decent value with its lavish kit list.