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This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest Vauxhall Meriva (10-17) review.

3 out of 5 3.0
Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0
Vauxhall Meriva (03-10) - rated 3 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £9,995 - £18,670
Used price £215 - £1,920
Fuel economy
Not tested to latest standards
View pre-2017 economy specs
Road tax cost £145 - £300
Insurance group 5 - 16 How much is it to insure?

PROS

Decent interior space, clever seating, good all round visibility

CONS

Bland looks, dull to drive, sparse equipment on base cars, fiddly dash buttons

Vauxhall Meriva rivals

Nissan
Note
4 out of 5 4.0
Fiat
Idea
3.5 out of 5 3.5

Written by David Ross on

The Meriva is a small people carrier that's a cheaper alternative to the likes of the Nissan Note with a practical interior and plenty of cabin space. Its compact size makes it easy to manoeuvre around town but while the tall shape means there's good headroom, the boxy profile is quite ungainly and the Meriva isn't particularly stylish. It's comfortable to drive though (albeit dull) but unfortunately the interior looks and feels dated and there are too many scratchy plastics on show - plus the button layout on the central console is haphazard.

The range was given a light facelift in 2006 (look for the newly added chrome strip across the rear tailgate to identify a facelifted car) but this can't prevent the Meriva from feeling old hat.

Vauxhall Meriva rivals

Nissan
Note
4 out of 5 4.0
Fiat
Idea
3.5 out of 5 3.5

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