At a glance
- New price: £13,260 - £22,245
- Used price: £2,835 - £11,760
- Insurance group: 5 - 18 Get quotes
Clever rear-hinged rear doors make access easy, versatile cabin, quiet and comfortable on the move, easy to drive in town
Air conditioning not standard on all models
The first Meriva was a budget value small family car but was found wanting in many areas, not least quality and refinement. This model is a huge leap forward in both those fields but retains the family-friendly practicality and versatility of the previous model. It’s considerably larger than before, but the big talking point is the rear-hinged side doors that are a genuinely useful feature and make getting into the back seats or fitting a child seat much easier than with conventional doors. On the move the Meriva is easy to drive, helped by light steering and excellent visibility, so it’s ideal in towns and cities. The interior is impressive too, with an easy-to-use layout and good quality materials borrowed from the Astra and Insignia.
A facelifted model is now on sale. Among the upgrades, the Meriva gets a new grille, chrome accents that frame the front fog lamps and newly-designed headlamps. For the first time, LED daytime running lights and LED tail lights are available as an option.
What owners say about this car
Back seats are easy to lower to make large storage area if needed. Rear 'suicide' doors make... Read owner review
Love the front opening rear doors, makes it a breeze for elderly parents to get in and out. Read owner review
Everything is practical . It is roomy, has a large boot for a medium sized car. Lots of storage. It... Read owner review