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New Vauxhall Meriva 1.7 CDTi SE Review

Comparing the new Vauxhall Meriva 1.7 CDTi SE to its predecessor is like evaluating a truck against a luxury saloon.

By Stephen Turvil
Oct 14, 2010
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Comparing the new Vauxhall Meriva 1.7 CDTi SE to its predecessor is like evaluating a truck against a luxury saloon. This is because the new Meriva is so vastly superior that comparisons are virtually irrelevant. However, in simple terms, it could be suggested that the old Meriva is less refined than a skateboard whereas the new model is highly accomplished.

The new Vauxhall Meriva's most prominent feature is the rear-hinged doors that open to virtually ninety degrees. Now, whereas this sounds like a cheap gimmick it actually makes rear access far easier than on vehicles with conventional doors. Once inside motorists can slide the rear seats forward, and fold them flat, to increase luggage capacity from 400 to 1496-litres. This complements the large underfloor storage area and the numerous interior cubbyholes.

The Meriva 1.7 CDTi SE's diesel engine produces 98bhp which is enough to propel this compact multi-purpose vehicle to 60mph in 13.5 seconds. Whereas this is by no means fast the smooth six-speed automatic transmission, comfortable ride, good body control, and average fuel consumption of 44mpg more than compensate. After all, the Meriva is an affordable family workhorse not a road legal racer.

Standard equipment on this high-end model includes a panoramic glass roof with electrically operated sunshade, tinted glass, front fog lights, and 16” alloy wheels with a tyre inflation kit in lieu of a spare wheel. The Meriva 1.7 CDTi SE, although untested by Euro NCAP, should also prove to be reasonably safe as both the recently tested Vauxhall Astra and Insignia scored the maximum five stars.

The new Vauxhall Meriva 1.7 CDTi SE has a list price of £17,430, but Motoring.co.uk's new car database reveals the range as a whole is available from only £10,491. Not bad for a versatile family car that is leagues ahead of its forerunner.

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By Stephen Turvil
Oct 14, 2010