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2015 (15) Vauxhall Meriva1.6 CDTi 16V ecoFLEX Tech Line 5dr

Ashton Fiat / Jeep / Abarth
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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

"Lead me to the car" lights'Lights On' warning buzzer
Cruise controlInformation display
Mobile phone system with Bluetooth (does not include telephone)Rev counter
Service interval indicatorTrip computer

Entertainment

6 speakersAuxiliary input socket
Steering wheel mounted audio controlsUSB connection

Exterior Features

2 speed wipers+variable intermittent wipeBody colour bumpers
Body colour door handlesBody colour door mirrors
Body colour tailgate handleChrome effect window side mouldings
Dipping rear view mirrorDoor to door illumination
Electric adjustable/heated/folding door mirrorsElectric front windows
Electric rear windows with safety auto reverse + one touch facilityFlexDoors
Front fog lights with chrome surroundsHeated rear window with intermittent wash/wipe
Laminated windscreenLoad sill protection
Tinted glass 

Interior Features

12V power point for rear passengers12V power point front
2 height adjustable rear headrestsAir conditioning
Aircraft type trays in front seat backrestsAlloy front and rear door sill plates
Ambient lightingAnti submarining front seats
Astor/Sienna morrocana cloth upholsteryBoot light
Centre console with cupholdersDriver seat height adjust
Driver/passenger sunvisors and vanity mirrorsFlex floor multi-level adjustable load compartment
Flex5 seatingFront door pockets with bottle holders
Front reading lightsFront seat back map pockets
Glovebox with lidInstrument lighting dimmer
Isofix system on outer rear seatsLeather gear knob
Leather steering wheelLuggage compartment cover
Passenger assist handle with coathookPollen filter
Rake/reach adjustable steering wheelRear courtesy lights
Rear door pocketsReclining front seats
Reinforced rear seat backSplit folding 2nd row - 40/20/40
Storage bins under drivers seatStorage bins under front passenger seat

Packs

Protection pack - Meriva 

Safety

3 rear 3 point seatbeltsABS with Brake Assist
Airbag deactivation switchCornering brake control
Curtain airbagsDriver/Front Passenger airbags
Electronic brake force distributionElectronic parking brake
ESP plus + traction controlFront seat side impact airbags
Front seatbelt force limitersHeight adjustable front seatbelts
Hill start assistPedal release system
Pyrotechnically pre-tensioned front seatbeltsRear child proof door locks
Seatbelt reminders for driver and front passengerSide impact protection beams
Tyre pressure monitoring system 

Security

DeadlockElectric tailgate lock with touchpad
ImmobiliserLocking wheel nuts
Remote central locking 

Trim

Chrome effect moulding in rear bumperJet black upper facia with black trim

Wheels

17" 5 spoke alloy wheels
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions

CO2 (g/km)116Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1598Compression Ratio16.0:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders4
Cylinders - Bore (mm)79.7Cylinders - Stroke (mm)80.1
Engine CodeB16DTHEngine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel DeliveryCOMMON RAILGears6 SPEED
Number of Valves16TransmissionMANUAL

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)64.2EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)67.3EC Urban (mpg)58.9

General

Badge Engine CC1.6Badge Power136
Coin DescriptionCDTi 16V ecoFLEXCoin SeriesTech Line
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0716EManufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years6
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years1NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %89
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %77NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 095
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %55NCAP Safety Assist %86
Service Interval Frequency - Months12Service Interval Mileage20000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3Vehicle Homologation ClassM1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)9.9Engine Power - BHP136
Engine Power - KW100Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM3500Engine Torque - LBS.FT236
Engine Torque - MKG33Engine Torque - NM320
Engine Torque - RPM2000Top Speed122

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front225/45 R17
Tyre Size Rear225/45 R17Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style5 SPOKEWheel Type17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1615Length4300
Wheelbase2644Width1812
Width (including mirrors)1994 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)54Gross Vehicle Weight2040
Max. Loading Weight522Max. Roof Load60
Max. Towing Weight - Braked1150Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked730
Minimum Kerbweight1518No. of Seats5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb11.06
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 Meriva 16 CDTi features a diesel engine that shows the car at its very best. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Review

There's little cause for complaint about the latest 1.6 CDTi under the bonnet of the much-improved Vauxhall Meriva. It delivers a 10 per cent efficiency improvement over the old 1.7 CDTi unit, despite being more powerful. It's hard to argue with 64.2mpg in a car this practical.

Background

It used to be so difficult. You wanted a vehicle with decent economy that could do the family duties, yet had something about it when you pressed the throttle pedal. Trying to square those requirements for a reasonable budget could tie even the most knowledgeable car enthusiast in knots. These days things are a whole lot easier. If you want to know how easy, just go to a Vauxhall dealer and cajole them into lending you a Meriva 1.6 CDTi diesel. It's a car that's been steadily improved over the course of its lifetime, but replacing the old 1.7-litre diesel lump with a smaller but more modern, powerful and economical engine has given this particular Meriva real appeal for family buyers. If you tried one of the old Mk 1 Merivas in the past and found it all a bit too compact for your needs, now might be the time to reassess. The second generation car is a good deal bigger and the 1.6 CDTi engine we look at here is leagues better than the old 1.7-litre unit. If there was an industry award for biggest improver, this car could be in with a shout.

Driving Experience

We've seen this 1.6-litre unt before in the bigger Zafira Tourer and if it can do a job of moving a vehicle that big, you know it's not going to have any problem whatsoever shifting a Meriva up the road with some verve. And so it proves. Developing a healthy 136PS, this Euro6-compliant motor also serves up a supersized 320Nm of torque at just 2,000rpm, which lends it a hugely muscular feel. By comparison, a BMW X1 sDrive18d requires a 2.0-litre diesel engine to achieve the same torque figure. In fact this Meriva will get to 62mph in just 9.9 seconds and Vauxhall has worked at improving the quality of the six-speed manual gearshift so that changes are slicker and gear engagement more reassuring. Refinement at speed is a notable strong point, with the engine only really becoming vocal at around 4,000rpm, at which point you will have probably upshifted anyway. Chassis dynamics have never really been a Meriva high point. You buy a Ford B-MAX if you're the sort of driver who wants to take the long route home from the school run. The steering in the Meriva is accurate but decidedly synthetic in feel. Nevertheless, 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. You will have to put up with a few bumps and thumps on very poor surfaces though.

Design and Build

This facelifted second generation Meriva gets a 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. 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. It's all very clever but those who have a thing for plastics quality might feel that some parts of the Meriva's cabin - especially rearwards from the front seats - show clear signs of cost-cutting. Still, that's the case with many of its rivals. It goes with the territory at this price point.

Market and Model

Whereas you used to have legions of trim level variations to wade through in order to find the Meriva you wanted, with this 1.6-litre CDTi, things are a whole lot more straightforward. You either pay just over £19,000 and buy the S trim or you pay just over £21,000 and bag yourself the SE specification. The S isn't badly finished with an ESP-plus electronic stability control system, twin front airbags, an electric parking brake, a CD / MP3 CD player / stereo radio with USB and AUX-in socket, electric front windows, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, remote central deadlocking, front side airbags and door-to-door illumination. Go for the up-spec SE version and you'll find refinements such as a panoramic glass sunroof, 17-inch alloy wheels, folding seatback trays and under-seat drawers, a trip computer, cruise control, curtain airbags, leather trim for the steering wheel and gear shifter and heating for both the seats and the wheel. That still stacks up very well against rivals, undercutting the Citroen C3 Picasso and the Ford B-MAX but if you still think that this is a little out of your range, your dealer will also take orders for a cheaper 110PS variant.

Cost of Ownership

There are many MPV or SUV owners who have looked at the cost of petrol and diesel derivatives of the same car, done the calculations and decided that based on the amount of miles they do, they'd never justify the additional expense of the diesel variant. So they buy the petrol model and soon come to realise that the torque deficit you get with entry-level petrol engines requires you to flog them really hard to make progress. They look at their economy figures and then realise the error of their ways. They should have bought a car like this Meriva 1.6 CDTi. Although owners might not replicate Vauxhall's claimed 64.2mpg fuel consumption average, it's a car that doesn't need too much throttle to row along quite nicely, so you shouldn't need to resort to extreme measures to see better than 50mpg on a regular basis. Emissions are also kept well in check at just 116g/km which, like the economy figure, is even better than the lowly 1.3-litre CDTi diesel engine you can also have fitted in your Meriva. Residual values ought to be strong as well, with many buyers being attracted to the Meriva range's best and most economical powerplant.

Summary

If you've already decided that you want a Vauxhall Meriva, then this 1.6-litre CDTi diesel engine is, without a shadow of doubt, the best engine in the line-up. If you can afford the asking price, you should choose this variant. Why? It's the most economical, it's got the most torque and this diesel unit just works better in a vehicle that's often going to be carrying a bit of weight on board. It's the mark of a good engine when the car seems designed for that powerplant and that's certainly the case here. The one caveat we'd forward is that this level of competence doesn't come cheaply. The entry-level price of over £19,000 might well have many family buyers looking at slightly larger compact five-seat MPVs like Citroen's C4 Picasso or Renault's Scenic. What's undeniable is that at this price point, neither can match the talents of the Vauxhall's engine. If you care not a jot about what engine you get, this Meriva's never going to appeal. Do your homework though and you'll see why this one's been so well received.

Performance
70%
Handling
70%
Comfort
60%
Space
70%
Styling
70%
Build
70%
Value
70%
Equipment
70%
Economy
90%
Depreciation
80%
Insurance
80%

** 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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Monthly payment£159.49
Deposit£300
Term (months)48
Fixed interest rate4.6%
Cash price£8498
Credit amount£8198
Completion fee£1
Guaranteed future value£2600
Total amount payable£10,397.03
Annual mileage8000
Contract mileage32,000
Excess mileage charge8.0p per mile
Representative APR8.9%
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