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2010 (10) Vauxhall Meriva1.4i 16V Active 5dr

Blackpool Renault / Dacia

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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

'Lights On' warning buzzerElectric power steering
Information displayMulti function display
Service interval indicatorTrip computer

Entertainment

6 speakersSteering wheel mounted audio controls

Exterior Features

Black door handlesBlack side protection mouldings
Body colour bumpersChrome trim on tailgate
Door to door illuminationElectrochrome rear view mirror
Green tinted glassHigh level brake light
Parking lightsRear wipe auto when in reverse + front wipe on
Roof mounted aerialVariable intermittent front wash/wipe

Interior Features

3 rear headrests3 spoke steering wheel
Air conditioningCentre console with cupholders
Cloth trimCoin tray
Driver seat height adjustDriver/passenger sunvisors and vanity mirrors
Flex5 seatingFront centre dome lamp
Front door pockets with bottle holdersFront head restraints
Illuminated gloveboxIllumination of luggage compartment
Instrument lighting dimmerIsofix system on outer rear seats
Matt Chrome handbrake knobMatt Chrome interior door handles
Passenger assist handle with coathookPollen filter
Rear centre console with air ventsRigid loadspace cover
Split folding 2nd row - 40/20/40Storage bins under drivers seat
Storage bins under front passenger seatTheatre dimming interior lights
Tilt adjustable steering column 

Packs

Electric Pack - MerivaSafety pack - Meriva

Safety

3 rear 3 point seatbeltsABS with Brake Assist
Driver and passenger airbagsElectronic brake force distribution
Front seatbelt pretensioners + load limitersHeight adjustable seatbelts
Pedal release system 

Security

Electric tailgate lock with touchpadImmobiliser
Remote central locking 

Trim

Charcoal metallic centre consoleMatt chrome dash inserts

Wheels

15" Structure Wheel
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions

CO0.278CO2 (g/km)148
HC0.041Noise Level dB(A)72
NOx0.018Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 4

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1364Compression Ratio10.5:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders4
Cylinders - Bore (mm)73.4Cylinders - Stroke (mm)80.6
Engine CodeZ14XEPEngine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel DeliveryMULTI POINT FUEL INJECTIONGears5 SPEED
Number of Valves16TransmissionMANUAL

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)45.6EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)55.4EC Urban (mpg)34.9

General

Badge Engine CC1.4Badge Power90
Coin Description16VCoin SeriesACTIVE
Insurance Group 15Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0711E
Insurance Group 2EManufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years6
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years1EURO NCAP Front and Side Impact test - Star Rating.9
EURO NCAP Pedestrian test - Star Rating.9Service Interval Frequency - Months12
Service Interval Mileage20000Special EditionTrue
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3Vehicle Homologation ClassM1

Performance

0 to 60 mph (secs)True0 to 62 mph (secs)13.4
Engine Power - BHP90Engine Power - KW66
Engine Power - PSTrueEngine Power - RPM5600
Engine Torque - LBS.FT92Engine Torque - MKG13
Engine Torque - NM125Engine Torque - RPM4000
Top Speed104 

Tyres

Tyre Size Front185/60 R15Tyre Size Rear185/60 R15
Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KITWheel StyleSTRUCTURE
Wheel Type15" STEEL 

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1624Length4052
Wheelbase2630Width1694
Width (including mirrors)1948 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)53Gross Vehicle Weight1810
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1410Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)350
Max. Loading Weight530Max. Roof Load75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked1000Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked665
Minimum Kerbweight1280No. of Seats5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb10.42
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Vauxhall Meriva

Vauxhall's latest Meriva gets refreshed styling and a slick 1.6 diesel engine. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Review

The Vauxhall Meriva used to have things pretty much its own way in the small supermini-MPV market but a rash of copycat rivals arriving on the scene means that it now faces a tougher task. This latest model gets refreshed styling and a 1.6 CDTi diesel engine that offers a 10 per cent efficiency improvement over the old 1.7CDTi, despite being more powerful.

Background

Although we're thoroughly accustomed to the supermini-MPV genre, it's easy to forget quite what a game-changer the original Vauxhall Meriva was when it was introduced back in 2003. Such was the impact on the market of its bigger brother, the seven-seat Zafira, that few realised quite what a big step forward this car also was. Some thought it was a step too far, that buyers didn't either want or need an MPV-style vehicle quite this diminutive, but sales were encouraging from the word go. Since then, the supermini-MPV market has become absolutely rammed with rivals all looking to equal or one-up the little Vauxhall. As such, the Meriva has needed to be on top of its game. The original car was replaced in 2010 by a much bigger all-new model and that generation has now been further revised.

Driving Experience

In terms of running gear, not a whole lot has changed but then not a whole lot has needed to change. The Meriva is one of the best-handling of all the supermini-MPVs but that doesn't mean that Vauxhall is resting on its laurels. The old 1.7-litre CDTi diesel engine has been replaced by a 1.6 CDTi diesel that we've seen before in the bigger Zafira Tourer. This Euro-6 compliant engine produces 136PS and 320Nm of torque at 2,000rpm, so you can imagine that it doesn't encounter too much of an issue providing motive force for the compact Meriva. In fact it'll skittle it to 60mph from a standstill in under nine seconds, nearly a second quicker than the old 1.7 CDTi, thanks to its additional 6PS and 20Nm of torque. The Meriva's petrol engine range (1.4 100PS, 1.4T 120 & 140PS) remains and is now fully Euro-6 compliant. The Meriva's steering is on the weighty side for a supermini MPV which is appreciated on the open road but less beneficial when performing low speed manoeuvres. The car generally feels very substantial and reassuring to drive, with plenty of grip and safe, predictable handling. Ride quality is firm but the advantage of this is that body roll is very well controlled and it's low frequency body roll that causes travel sickness in kids.

Design and Build

So, let's play spot the difference between this latest facelifted car and the outgoing version. You might well notice the revised grille, but the chrome accents that frame the front fog lamps aren't so obvious. The headlights seem to have soaked up much of the budget and now feature an 'eagle-eye' graphic. For the first time, LED daytime running lights and LED tail lights are available as an option. If you're in the mood to tick options boxes, you can also pay extra for some 18-inch alloy wheels. Otherwise it's as you were. The Meriva still differentiates itself from its many rivals via its rear-hinged back doors. The advantage of this design comes when entering and exiting the vehicle as the doors open to an angle of almost 90 degrees and you can step straight out unhindered. It also helps parents when they're strapping the kids in or fitting child car seats because there's no door in the way to manoeuvre around. The interior itself is based around the FlexSpace seating system which allows the rear seats to fold down and slide individually. Splitting the cabin on the plusher models is the FlexRail, a pair of metal runners between the front seats that various modular storage bins and arm-rests can be clipped to and slid along.

Market and Model

Vauxhall has taken a red pen to the Meriva's trim line-up in recent years but it's still pretty hefty, with Expression, S, Exclusiv, Energy, Tech Line and SE variants. Even the entry-level cars get an ESP-plus electronic stability control system, twin front airbags, an electric parking brake, a CD / MP3 CD player / stereo radio with AUX-in socket, electric front windows, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, remote central deadlocking and door-to-door illumination. Go for an up-spec model and you'll find features like a Panoramic glass roof with electrically operated sunshade, 17-inch alloy wheels, tinted glass, a multi-function trip computer, leather trim for the steering wheel and gear knob, folding trays on front-seat backs, a driver's under seat storage box, and front and rear door-sill step plates. Prices start at around £12,500, stretching to just over £21,000 if you want bells and whistles too. That still stacks up very well against rivals, undercutting the Citroen C3 Picasso and the Ford B-MAX.

Cost of Ownership

The Meriva's success is built upon its innovation paired with affordability. The prices Vauxhall is asking seem reasonable enough and they're backed up by healthy residual figures that look even better if you can negotiate a sizeable discount off the sticker price. Ongoing running costs have been nailed down reasonably well, with the entry-level 1.4-litre petrol model returning 47.1mpg. The 1.4-litre Turbo underscores its superiority with an identical fuel economy figure of 47.9mpg, this despite packing another twenty horsepower. A similar story applies to emissions, where the less powerful car emits 140g/km and the turbo model 139g/km. Go figure. Choose a diesel version and you probably won't be on first name terms with the staff in your local filling station. The 1.3 CDTi gets fully 60.1mpg and its emissions are also suitably mean at just 124g/km. The 1.6 CDTi diesel manages 64.2mpg combined and 116g/km of CO2 emissions. This equates to a 10 per cent improvement in economy/emissions over the 1.7 CDTi, which it replaced. Insurance isn't going to break the bank either, with groupings ranging from 6E to 16E.

Summary

On the face of it, supermini MPVs don't make a great deal of sense. What's the point of buying a small car when you need all the space you can get? It was indeed this issue that did most to hamper sales of the original model, but the MK2 is a significantly larger car both inside and out and is a properly practical option for families with older kids as well. That message might well have been lost on some customers who automatically gravitate to the bigger Zafira model. The latest set of revisions are rather modest but the introduction of a 1.6-litre CDTi diesel is a very welcome move, furnishing the Meriva with a powerplant that's muscular, refined, economical and clean. It instantly becomes the pick of the range, with the 1.4 turbo petrol also well worth consideration. The Meriva is probably a better car than you think. It deserves wider recognition but Vauxhall may well have underplayed its hand this time round.

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Build
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Depreciation
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Insurance
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** MPG figures are obtained in laboratory testing and intended for comparisons between vehicles. Please be aware they're not intended to represent real world efficiency.

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