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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5
Vauxhall Meriva VXR (06-09) - rated 3.5 out of 5
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PROS

Strong performance, sporty styling, practical and spacious interior

CONS

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

At a glance

New price £17,845 - £17,845
Used price £750 - £1,960
Fuel economy 36 - 36 mpg
Road tax cost £235 - £300
Insurance group 24 How much is it to insure?

PROS

Strong performance, sporty styling, practical and spacious interior

CONS

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

Vauxhall Meriva VXR rivals

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.

Vauxhall Meriva VXR rivals

Other Vauxhall Meriva (2003 - 2010) models: