Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Reliable fuel consumption data for comparison purposes is not available for this model.

Fuel economy

A more stringent standard for fuel economy (WLTP) was introduced from September 2017, and this model was not required to undergo that test. Its fuel economy measured under the previous test system was 39 - 74 mpg. However these figures are less likely to be achievable in real world driving and so should never be compared to another car's mpg which was measured under the newer, more realistic WLTP system.

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.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £0 - £240
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Insurance group 5 - 18
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