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
I like the driving position and roof. I hate the electronic hand brake and A/C always on. Problems with gearbox... Read owner review
Pros: very roomy, handles OK, excellant luggage space especially when seats folded down, seems to cruise OK on motorway, lots... Read owner review
I like the handling. The steering is responsive and body roll is minimal. Plenty of power through the gears... Read owner review