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Vauxhall Meriva Review

September 15, 2015

We’ve got another cracking review for you this week as we take a spin in the Vauxhall Meriva. This super-mini based MPV has plenty of unique features that give it a practical edge, offering an appealing alternative to the Ford B-Max or Nissan Note.

Why not join us for a test drive and see what the Vauxhall Meriva brings to the table. If you like what you see and need a little help with funding a purchase, our flexible Vauxhall finance options could be the answer.


When it comes to design, Vauxhall have really put some thought into it – with a high roofline, swept back head lamps and a chrome grille, the Meriva definitely makes an impression. The Vauxhall isn’t just a pretty face, either – with the ‘suicide’ style rear-hinged doors at the back making for easier access, and the adjustable sliding rear bench allowing you to choose between extra legroom or additional boot space.

Overall, the Vauxhall Meriva feels spacious inside with a 400 litre boot that can be extended to an impressive 1500 litres when the rear seats are laid flat. With quality plastics and soft touch materials throughout, this practical and family friendly car has bags of storage space – especially if you opt for the Exclusiv or SE trim with a Flex-rail system.

Performance & Handling

Despite the upgrades in design, the engines are still pretty much the same. For petrol heads, you have the choice of the entry level 99bhp 1.4 litre, or you can power up to the turbocharged 118bhp – which copes better with the bulk of the Meriva with a 0-62mph time of 11.3 seconds.

However, if you need to balance performance and efficiency – the diesel engines are the way to go, especially since the new 1.6 litre CDTi joined the lineup. The diesels are available in 94bhp, 108bhp and 134bhp – with the most efficient being the 108bhp model, achieving 74.3mpg and 99g/km CO2 emissions while still delivering punchy performance.


When it comes to trims, buyers can choose from the Life, Exclusiv, SE or Tech Line models, which all feature air-con, electric windows and central locking as standard. The entry level Life model is well equipped considering its budget friendly price, with bluetooth connectivity and even an aux connection – meaning there’s enough kit to satisfy most drivers.

However, if kit is top of your priority list, top of the range models come with luxurious features like heated seats as well as practical touches such as parking sensors and even airline style tray tables for rear passengers.

Vauxhall Meriva Finance

If you like the look of this stylish, practical and family friendly MPV – and need a little help with your finances, then the Car Loan Warehouse can help. With the Vauxhall Meriva for sales from £12,995 our flexible Vauxhall finance options are designed to suit any budget, make or model, so apply now or get an instant quote online with our car finance calculator.

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.