Vauxhall Meriva 1.4 2014 review

We try the facelifted Vauxhall Meriva with the 1.4 Turbo petrol engine

Overall Auto Express Rating

3.0 out of 5

Find your Vauxhall Meriva
Offers from our trusted partners on this car and its predecessors...
Or are you looking to sell your car?
9/10 sellers got the price they expected
Advertisement

The real star of the facelifted Meriva range is the new 1.6 CDTi, not the petrol engine in this 1.4 Turbo – and it’s more expensive to run than the diesel, without being much more refined or quicker. The Meriva is a comfortable and spacious family car with lots of clever touches, but we’d stick with the efficient diesel.

As far as Vauxhall Meriva reviews go, we've also given our verdict on the diesel 1.6 CDTi, but the facelifted range also includes a 1.4 Turbo model, which we’ve now tested in the UK.

While the diesel is all-new, this 1.4 Turbo is essentially the same engine as in the pre-facelifted range, albeit with tweaks to make it compliant with Euro VI emissions regulations.

Still, the 44.8mpg fuel economy looks a bit disappointing compared to the new diesel’s 64.2mpg. It feels – and sounds – a little rough low down in the rev range, and only once the engine is spinning a bit quicker does it smooth out before the turbo kicks in.

Vauxhall has introduced a new, more accurate-feeling six-speed gearbox. Other changes are limited – there’s a more upmarket look, a new Intellilink infotainment system (£1,200) and a few tweaks to the chassis.

The car feels safe in bends and a bit firm over bumps, but practicality is more important than handling here. The clever rear-hinged doors, flexible seats and 397-litre boot ensure the Meriva is as versatile as ever.

Most Popular

New Renault 4 will go 4x4 to get ahead in the baby EV SUV class
Renault 4EVER concept car in 1962 4L paint - front 3/4 static
News

New Renault 4 will go 4x4 to get ahead in the baby EV SUV class

The forthcoming Renault 4 is likely to offer a four-wheel-drive option, helping it to stand out in the market for baby all-electric SUVs
27 Feb 2024
Dacia heads for VW Golf and Ford Focus territory with new C-Neo that’s definitely ‘not an SUV’
Dacia badge
News

Dacia heads for VW Golf and Ford Focus territory with new C-Neo that’s definitely ‘not an SUV’

As big names vacate the traditional C-segment, Dacia sees an opportunity for its new petrol family car
27 Feb 2024
New MG2 will beat Volkswagen to the baby electric car market
MG badge
News

New MG2 will beat Volkswagen to the baby electric car market

MG has confirmed it is working on an entry-level electric car to rival Citroen e-C3 and new Fiat Panda
29 Feb 2024