Vauxhall Meriva information: everything you need to know if you own it, are thinking of buying one or just want to find out more about Vauxhall’s backwards-doored mini MPV. Click on the links below for all of CAR magazine’s news, reviews, videos, scoops and spy photos of the Meriva car range. We list the top five stories for each model – and where appropriate you can click on ‘More’ to browse even more of our archive.
Suicide often comes to mind when asked about mini MPVs. Here though, it’s merely down to the rear-hinged back doors, which open to nearly 90 degrees. Not just a gimmick, they make life easier climbing in or tending to children in childseats. For more information on the Vauxhall Meriva, click on our further stories on the links below.
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The Meriva’s a bit bigger than you might expect, especially since it’s based on the Corsa’s platform. In fact it’s nearly as big as a Renault Scenic. It’s a five-seater only – if you want seven seats, Vauxhall will point you in the way of the Zafira. The rear seat bench slides fore and aft, and the middle bit folds down so you can push the outer bits inwards for more shoulder room. The back seats fold more or less into the floor too so you can moonlight as a van driver. Sluggish performance and a relatively high pricetag are the downsides.
The one we’d buy
The one we’d avoid like the plague
Rivals to consider
Citroen C3 Picasso, Ford C-Max, Renault Scenic
Those doors, genuine practicality, versatile cabin
Heavy gearchange, poorly suppressed road noise, sluggish performance, a bit pricey