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Vauxhall Meriva VXR review

2006 - 2009 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 53.5

At a glance

Price new £17,845
Used prices £546 - £2,025
Road tax cost £290 - £365
Insurance group 24
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Fuel economy Not tested to latest standards
Range 420 miles
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Pros & cons


Strong performance, sporty styling, practical and spacious interior


Few around, standard Meriva is better value for money, steering lacks feel

Written by David Ross Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019


It may not seem like the most obvious VXR model, but Vauxhall believes that the world needs a high performance Meriva. The usually sedate small people carrier doesn’t have the most athletic of shapes, but the sporty styling does its best to turn it into something resembling a hot hatch with side skirts, larger bumpers and 17-inch alloy wheels. It has the same spacious and flexible, five-seat interior as the rest of the Meriva range, but adds a turbocharged engine and sports suspension.

It actually handles surprisingly well with body roll well controlled, but the rather vague steering does it few favours. It was discontinued in 2009 and few were sold making it something of a rarity.