Thanks to competitive list prices, the Meriva is good value for money plus it will have far better residual values than the previous version. Equipment levels are pretty good plus this Vauxhall will be cheap to run thanks to efficient engines. A low emissions model is in the pipeline, while Vauxhall servicing is usually very competitive. However, the dealers don’t have a great reputation for customer care or when it comes to solving problems.
All the engines in the line-up are efficient and the change from large petrol engines to smaller turbocharged units means huge improvements in economy. CO2 emissions are low across the board and the most powerful 1.4 Turbo 140 emits just 156g/km – less than the 1.7 CDTi. The greenest engine is the 1.3 CDTi which emits 129g/km of CO2 and averages 58mpg.
The previous Meriva was hit-and-miss when it came to reliability but Vauxhall claims it has made big improvements in this area. This model certainly feels well built and high quality but only time will tell whether it proves durable.
Estimated fuel cost per year
|Fuel type||Pence per litre||Estimated cost per year *|
|Unleaded||128p||£1,238 - £1,492 *|
|Diesel||131p||£805 - £1,353 *|
* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.
Highest and lowest CO2 emissions
|Engine||CO2 emissions||Road tax (12 months)|
|1.6 CDTi (16v) (110bhp) Diesel||99 g/km (Min)||£0|
|1.4T 16v Petrol||169 g/km (Max)||£235|
Ongoing running costs
|Road tax (12 months)||
£0 - £235
See tax rates for all versions
5 - 18
How much is it to insure?
Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.