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Vauxhall Meriva Estate review

2010 - 2017 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 53.5
” Vauxhall's innovative small MPV was clever, but flawed “

At a glance

Price new £12,380 - £23,185
Used prices £794 - £8,952
Road tax cost £0 - £305
Insurance group 5 - 18
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Fuel economy Not tested to latest standards
Range 463 - 879 miles
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Pros & cons

  • Clever rear-hinged rear doors
  • Versatile cabin, quiet and comfortable
  • Easy to drive in town
  • Air conditioning not standard on all models
  • MPV style isn't trendy
  • Diesel engines have poor reliability

Written by Richard Kilpatrick Published: 16 August 2022 Updated: 15 August 2023


The first Vauxhall Meriva was a budget value small family car based on the Vauxhall Corsa, but was found wanting in many areas, not least quality and refinement.

In 2010 the Vauxhall Meriva B, or Mk2, delivered a huge leap forward in both those fields, without compromising the family-friendly practicality and versatility expected of an MPV. It’s considerably larger than the Meriva A (Mk1), and the big talking point is the rear-hinged side doors. These are a genuinely useful feature, and make getting into the back seats or fitting a child seat much easier than with conventional doors.

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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.

After a facelift featuring a new grille, chrome accents that frame the front fog lamps and newly-designed headlamps, the Vauxhall Meriva was discontinued in 2017. You’ll identify facelift Merivas easily, thanks to their LED daytime running lights and optional LED tail lights.

The Vauxhall Meriva’s replacement is the Vauxhall Crossland X, which follows the industry trend for 4×4-like SUVs. A used Meriva B therefore has no direct modern equivalent, and its nearest rival is a used Ford B-Max.