Vauxhall's new look Meriva will go on sale next month boasting a new grille, chrome accents framing the front fog lamps and newly designed headlamps. For the first time there is the option of LED daytime running lights and LED tail lights plus 18” alloy wheels.
The new Meriva features a class-leading Euro-6 diesel engine which sets a high benchmark in the industry for efficiency and refinement. The 1.6 CDTi diesel engine achieves a fantastic 64.2 mpg and has co2 emissions of just 1116g/km. This equates to a 10 per cent improvement in economy/emissions over the 1.7 CDTi, which the new unit replaces. The 1.6 CDTi model accelerates from 0-60 mph in 9.1 seconds, nearly a second quicker than the 1.7 CDTi.
The clever FlexDoor system is the greatest feature of the Meriva; the rear hinged doors allow a twenty per cent larger opening for passengers. The doors swing open towards the back of the car at an angle of 90 degrees. This improves the ease with which occupants enter and leave the vehicle, rather than having to step back or to the side as with normal front hinged doors. The interior is based around the FlexSpace seating system which allows the rear seats to fold down and slide individually.
The Vauxhall Meriva is a practical car for families, with a large boot space for prams, shopping or golf clubs with optional added extras such as full length panoramic sunroof, satellite navigation including USB with iPod control and 18 inch alloys wheels. Standard features include electric park brake, ABS, electric windows, twin front air bags and ISOFIX child seat restraint system for outer rear seats.
Like all Vauxhalls, the Meriva comes with Lifetime Warranty, which offers first owners peace of mind for as long as they own the car, up to 100,000 miles. The warranty cover includes powertrain, steering system, brake system and electrical equipment throughout the life of the vehicle. To maintain the Lifetime Warranty, owners simply need to visit a Vauxhall retailer annually for a free vehicle inspection. Vauxhall also offer a further programme enabling second owners to purchase the Lifetime Warranty.
Pricing for the new Vauxhall Meriva will be announced next month when the MPV goes on sale. If you would like the Meriva on your drive in the New Year then book your test drive next month.