Economy: 62.8mpg, CO2/road tax: 119g/km/£30
The Meriva is so much more than a pair of novel back doors! Vauxhall’s new compact MPV is sure to attract attention for its rear-hinged openings, but it’s now available with diesel power. The smallest 1.3-litre unit is tuned for efficiency rather than pace so it won’t set pulses racing, yet it does promise excellent economy.
However, the big drawback is price, as an S model with air-con costs £18,070. The answer is to buy direct on the firm’s website, and have the car delivered to your local dealer as part of this better-value package. The Vauxhall Internet Price (VIP) is £15,450, taking the edge off the cost and the sting out of the poor residuals.
In this review
- 1IntroductionA big car means big bills, right? Not if you pick one of these versatile MPVs that manage to combine penny-pinching economy with huge practicality
- 2Vauxhall Meriva - currently readingEconomy: 62.8mpg, CO2/road tax: 119g/km/£30
- 3Fiat QuboEconomy: 64.2, CO2/road tax: 115g/km/£30
- 4Volkswagen TouranEconomy: 61.4mpg, CO2: 121g/km, Road tax: £90