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Vauxhall Meriva

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Key Facts

New Price

£12,500 - £22,000

AA Cars Average

£7,581

MPG

34.4 - 62.8

CO2 (g/km)

119 - 196

Tax Band

C - J

Noise Level

68.0 - 74.0

Rating 4.0/5

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  • VAUXHALL MERIVA

    2013

    petrol

    Hatchback

    manual

    4

    1400cc

    I changed my car recently because my youngest daughter had twins and the pram would not fit in the boot of my Vauxhall Agila. The Meriva I purchased has a much bigger boot space and the configuration of the rear doors makes it easier to fit the baby car seats in and also to access the space when putting the babies in the car or taking them out.

    The downside of changing is a higher cost road fund licence and less fuel economy. I am spending around 20% more on fuel than I was previously. On the plus side the car is very comfortable, performs well ( it is the Turbo model) and we can get our weekly shop in the boot of the car, rather than having to put some bags in the interior. The versatility of the rear space means that one can carry quite big loads easily.

    The on-board computer, curiously, does not offer as many options as my Agila 1.2S - no option to monitor mpg or what effect one's driving is having on fuel economy, just a simple trip meter. However, overall, we are very happy with our new vehicle as it helps us to help our daughter (who doesn't own a car) manage the transport of our grandsons.

    i have to say that the level of service we get from our local Drive Vauxhall dealer is first class.

    Performance

    5 / 5

    Running Costs

    2 / 5

    Comfort

    4 / 5

    Reliability

    5 / 5

    Space Practicality

    5 / 5
  • Vauxhall Meriva n1'6 '59reg

    2009

    petrol

    Hatchback

    manual

    5

    1597cc

    An excellent car for all m purposes - high seat gives excellent visibility of road and environs. 1.6 engine provides high mpg at 70 mph on motorways and economy in town, quick acceleration when needed, well spaced gear ratios allow smooth changes and low rev cruising economy.
    The boot and 'back-seat-folddown' give enormous 'bootspace' like a van. With all seats in place she carries 5 adults comfortably or 4 adults well spaced , all on very comfortable seats. She corners at quick speeds firmly, holding the road safely. Power steering is a breeze. A delight to drive in all conditions. Vauxhall should promote the model much moor and would then sell many more. The motor critics nonsense about high cars having stability problems is rubbish in this case. When other drivers are my passengers they always remark on the comfort, quietness, steadiness in corners etc etc. - never complaining about the car at all. I love this one and its predecessor Meriva. Bargain price too. 70,000 miles on the clock now and still economical on fuel - if a bit low on the green issues and high on RFL - worth every penny of that.

    Performance

    4 / 5

    Running Costs

    3 / 5

    Comfort

    4 / 5

    Reliability

    5 / 5

    Space Practicality

    5 / 5
  • Meriva SE

    2011

    petrol

    Hatchback

    manual

    5

    1400cc

    I have had many Vauxhalls over the years and this is the one that I like least. It is nowhere near as good as the Mk1 Zafira which I had previously. The main problems are

    1. The electronic parking brake is, at best, annoying and at worst dangerous - several times it has failed to hold the car on a very slight slope and is very annoying in a line of stop - go traffic. The old hand brake was far more reliable and easier to use.

    2. The seats are very like the old vinyl type - cold in winter and warm in summer (this may only apply to the SE, which is a fairly high spec model)

    3. The owners manual is poor, it does not distinguish between the various trim levels so it is difficult to know which features are fitted.

    4. No proper, full size spare wheel. I know this applies to many cars but it should be included on car costing nearly £20,000. I have used my spare wheel in the past in circumstances where an inflation kit would not work.

    5. Poor rearward visibility.

    I could go on but I think the message is fairly clear! Sorry to be so negative

    Performance

    3 / 5

    Running Costs

    4 / 5

    Comfort

    3 / 5

    Reliability

    4 / 5

    Space Practicality

    3 / 5
  • HAPPY CUSTOMER

    2005

    petrol

    Hatchback

    manual

    5

    1364cc

    I would be happy to recommend my car as a reliable vehicle to others Its a great family car, and I feel very safe when driving it, the body is strong, and the car has plenty of space. There is very good vision all round as it is quite high up, I find there is however one area that could be improved when you are turning right you have to take into account the frame of the window can partially block your vision. This is why only gave it 4 stars in performance.
    The car is very heavy so is not built for racing but travels well and is quite good on fuel. I have had my car for eight years from new and have not had any major repairs up to now. The body work is as good as new and shows no sign of rust.
    Because the car is quite high up if its a windy day it is more likely to be affected by winds on the motorway but obviously as a driver you take this into account and drive accordingly.

    Performance

    4 / 5

    Running Costs

    5 / 5

    Comfort

    5 / 5

    Reliability

    5 / 5

    Space Practicality

    5 / 5
  • Vauxhall Meriva

    2009

    diesel

    People Carrier

    manual

    5

    1300cc

    We love our Vauxhall Meriva! We are on our second now and we are really pleased. Our current car has now come to 60000 miles and only because of this we may well look at replacing it. There have been no problems, other than replacing tyres, and one battery and I do believe that it could continue to provide reliable transport well into the future. This car is our daily transport and has been used to transport any number of different loads, and to different places (the school run, family holidays - including to Guernsey, Scotland, Northumberland and many times to Cornwall -, shopping, regular visits to the Tip and used for work). The performance and mpg that we get from the 1.3 diesel has been impressive and when travelling at speed I have to remind myself that it is only a small engine. We will be sad to move on from our car.

    Performance

    4 / 5

    Running Costs

    4 / 5

    Comfort

    4 / 5

    Reliability

    4 / 5

    Space Practicality

    5 / 5
  • VAUXHALL MERIVA

    2010

    petrol

    People Carrier

    semi-automatic

    5

    1600cc

    Good concept as a car. Practical shape with good capacity for size of car. Clever rear seat options. Controls easy to use.
    Serious design fault with "A" pillar arrangement that causes a dangerous blindspot on both front quarters. This should never have reached the production stage without a rethink.
    The Easitronic gearbox is rather jerky in full auto mode but better in manual mode when it becomes a clutchless manual and becomes more involving for the driver.
    However this system is long-term unreliable and not really fit for purpose. When it goes wrong --- note that I say when, and not,if, then it becomes staggeringly expensive to repair. From personal experience I would advise against this system. If you require an automatic, then play safe a get a traditional torque converter system.

    Performance

    4 / 5

    Running Costs

    3 / 5

    Comfort

    4 / 5

    Reliability

    1 / 5

    Space Practicality

    3 / 5
  • Nice but shame about the brake!

    2011

    petrol

    People Carrier

    manual

    5

    1400cc

    This is the second Meriva I have owned. I had the first one for 8 years and found it practical, versatile and reliable. I am fairly happy with the new model but does it really need to have SO many controls? After a year I still don't know what all the buttons do and the air conditioning is a complete mystery. I never know whether it is on or off - quite important when it significantly affects the engine power. Still - overall I like the car and the visibility is much improved on this model. The only thing I really hate is the electronic parking brake. What's that about? OK if you have three feet, I suppose. Inching up an incline in a traffic jam isn't too much fun. PLEASE, Vauxhall, if a good old hand brake is good enough for most of your other models, why not for the Meriva?

    Performance

    4 / 5

    Running Costs

    4 / 5

    Comfort

    5 / 5

    Reliability

    5 / 5

    Space Practicality

    4 / 5
  • purchase

    2004

    diesel

    People Carrier

    manual

    5

    1698cc

    We were a little disappointed as we searched for a new car on the AA site thinking that full recommendation and checks by the AA had been completed.
    However, we bought the car in good faith only to find that the one of the tyres was the wrong size to all the others, and spare had a wrong valve on it. I visited Kwik Fit as I thought the tracking was out and they advised me of this. On the way home I got a flat tyre, luckily someone stopped and helped me out. When I got home I contacted Peterborough Car Supermarket and explained they came out and got me another tyre, but I still dont have a spare as yet, I am hopeful to get this Monday. I dont have a problem directly but I think your site shouldnt give the impression that you (the AA) have checked or sourced the vehicle.

    Performance

    4 / 5

    Running Costs

    4 / 5

    Comfort

    5 / 5

    Reliability

    5 / 5

    Space Practicality

    4 / 5
  • Meriva

    2010

    petrol

    Hatchback

    manual

    5

    1400cc

    At the seat height and distance from steering wheel that works best for me, visibility is very poor when approaching roundabouts and making right turns owing to the very bulky door / windscreen pillars blocking the view. Otherwise, it's a very useful vehicle and fairly economical. It is a good height for my somewhat disabled parent to easily get into the front seat and the boot area accommodates a collapsible wheelchair very well. I do find that putting the back seats down is a bit of a faff but the fully flat surface is helpful for bigger loads (and pets). Engine-wise, I wish I had gone for the larger one as 1400cc isn't always enough oomph. Acceleration is not very punchy. However, it does get up to a good speed and hold well on motorway driving.

    Performance

    3 / 5

    Running Costs

    4 / 5

    Comfort

    4 / 5

    Reliability

    4 / 5

    Space Practicality

    4 / 5
  • Vauxhall Meriva 1.7SECdTi

    2012

    diesel

    People Carrier

    manual

    5

    1750cc

    Only had the car about 2 months, so can't comment on reliability. It's very comfortable and easy to drive, and it's power is excellent, especially compared with the 1.3 version I used to have. Economy is good at over 40mpg, though this is far less than Vauxhall claim! Very easy to change seat configuration.

    Annoyances include large gap between sun visors, and no pull-out tab to cover that, indicators that sometimes cancel unexpectedly, and sometimes don't cancel at all, no spare wheel (the emergency inflation kit is useless for anything other than a small puncture - a blow-out and you're stranded. No in-car bluetooth system for a phone fitted as standard.

    Performance

    4 / 5

    Running Costs

    3 / 5

    Comfort

    5 / 5

    Reliability

    4 / 5

    Space Practicality

    5 / 5
  • Reliable practical family car

    2009

    petrol

    Hatchback

    manual

    5

    1600cc

    I bought the Meriva as I was happy with my Corsa and wanted a larger car. This model is pretty much a larger version of the Corsa. It is very adaptable with seats collapsing to fully flat. It has a high seating position and adjustable driver's seat height and steering column. It is incredibly reliable and well made. The only minor drawback is that although it is a 1.5l engine, it takes a while to accelerate, however it more than makes up for this as it maintains its speed very well with minimal accelerator pedal depression. Would strongly recommend this vehicle for family use or comfortable travel in a hatch-back.

    Performance

    4 / 5

    Running Costs

    4 / 5

    Comfort

    4 / 5

    Reliability

    5 / 5

    Space Practicality

    5 / 5
  • Meriva Breeze

    2005

    petrol

    Estate

    manual

    5

    1400cc

    I like my car and am reluctant to change it. The main reasons are its practicality. For such a compact car there is loads of space for carrying all kinds of cargo and I particularly like the way the rear seats fold giving a flat floor. It has proved very comfortable, reliable and economical on both short and longer journeys. I would perhaps consider a Meriva B but have reservations. Yes, the seats fold in the same way so there isabout the same amount of space, but the car is 9 inches longer and no more economical, so what is the advantage. Also there is no spare wheel!!!

    Performance

    4 / 5

    Running Costs

    4 / 5

    Comfort

    4 / 5

    Reliability

    4 / 5

    Space Practicality

    5 / 5
  • Meriva

    2012

    petrol

    Hatchback

    manual

    5

    1400cc

    Went from Zafira diesel to Meriva petrol and automatic to manual, Meriva did not come in auto. Diesal was to expensive as a local transport car. Lovely car for driving, still prefer an automatic. Hate the rear doors they face the wrong way, novelty at first but not very useful and get in the way most of the time. Petrol wise more eco than the diesel. have a 1400 turbo engine more than sufficient and just as sporty with some oomph when needed. All in all a good runner and happy with the purchase. If I had the money would go back to the Zafira for the room.

    Performance

    4 / 5

    Running Costs

    4 / 5

    Comfort

    5 / 5

    Reliability

    5 / 5

    Space Practicality

    3 / 5
  • Meriva

    2007

    petrol

    People Carrier

    manual

    5

    1600cc

    Its a bit sluggish with a load and on steep hills. Has some quirky steering and pedals but you get used to them. Even on monitored and tested driving the fuel is just guzzled averaging 5.1 miles per litre (main bugbear) seems its not the only meriva to have a fuel issue and is common but comfort space and reliability are extremely good even with family and luggage (4 people) still spacious. Dodgy brake fluid warning design so if warning light shows stop immediately or as soon as safe there is little margin there.

    Performance

    3 / 5

    Running Costs

    1 / 5

    Comfort

    4 / 5

    Reliability

    4 / 5

    Space Practicality

    4 / 5
  • good work horse

    2007

    petrol

    People Carrier

    manual

    5

    1400cc

    My Meriva is a great little work horse moving people easily it takes up to two baby seats and a booster cushion. It will take washing machines, double beds. Me and the dog on holiday. Its more than ok to drive its not quick but has good manoeuvrability. Its ok to drive in town and good on motorways. Petrol consumption is average and compared to more recent cars quite poor. I like this car but the new Meriva is very clumpy as are most of the new models no matter what make.

    Performance

    4 / 5

    Running Costs

    2 / 5

    Comfort

    3 / 5

    Reliability

    4 / 5

    Space Practicality

    5 / 5
  • Suits my requirements

    2008

    petrol

    Hatchback

    manual

    5

    1300cc

    The boot is a little smaller than I'd like but the car gets me from A to B when I need it to. Chosen because out of 7 makes/models I sat in it was the only one where I could comfortably reach the clutch as I have proportionally short legs! I was replacing a Ford Focus which I loved but the newer models have a longer stretch to the pedals. (Why do manufacturers change something that works?)
    The Meriva has proved to be a good substitute for my much-loved but 13-year old focus.

    Performance

    5 / 5

    Running Costs

    5 / 5

    Comfort

    4 / 5

    Reliability

    4 / 5

    Space Practicality

    3 / 5
  • provides what was required

    2008

    petrol

    People Carrier

    semi-automatic

    5

    1600cc

    I am a keen golfer but require to use a ride-on buggy so needed a vehicle that had the space to carry it along with clubs etc and the Meriva took the biscuit. the car is very roomy and most comfortable for driving, especially when on a long trip, my wife has recently been diagnosed with Parkinsons and finds getting in & out much easier than other cars
    the size of engine gives the Meriva plenty of accelleration anda reasonable consumption figures especially on long trips

    Performance

    4 / 5

    Running Costs

    3 / 5

    Comfort

    4 / 5

    Reliability

    4 / 5

    Space Practicality

    5 / 5
  • blind spot

    2006

    petrol

    Hatchback

    manual

    5

    1600cc

    Good spacious multi-purpose vehicle however rear seat passengers have insufficient room to get legs in around the central pillar easily however when in there is sufficient leg room . High driving seat shape and position comfortable for drivers with sciatica and bad backs. Biggest drawback is the blind spot from the front pillars to side of windscreen area which blocks seeing anything to the right of you when going round a right hand corner or roundabout.

    Performance

    3 / 5

    Running Costs

    3 / 5

    Comfort

    4 / 5

    Reliability

    4 / 5

    Space Practicality

    4 / 5
  • Not as good as previous models.

    2011

    petrol

    People Carrier

    manual

    5

    1400cc

    I am a little disappointed with some aspects of the car. I can no longer have the heat on my feet and the windscreen, this was something I could do on the previous Meriva model. The hand brake is now electric which is fine until I go to a hilly location and struggle to do a hill start, as soon as you put your foot on the accelerator the brake releases itself. There is no spare tyre and no matter what the car salesmen say the foam is useless in most cases.

    Performance

    4 / 5

    Running Costs

    3 / 5

    Comfort

    3 / 5

    Reliability

    4 / 5

    Space Practicality

    4 / 5
  • Vauxhall Meriva

    2008

    petrol

    People Carrier

    manual

    5

    1600cc

    I have had the car for 2yrs. I bought it when the grandchildren were born because my other car, Vauxhall Agila, was not big enough to put car seats in or a pram. The Meriva is very comfortable to drive and I have not had any problems with it. The only reason I marked running costs down is because the Agila was diesel and I got more mpg from it and the car tax was only £35 a year
    I have also owned a Zafira and would recommend both cars

    Performance

    5 / 5

    Running Costs

    3 / 5

    Comfort

    5 / 5

    Reliability

    5 / 5

    Space Practicality

    5 / 5
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