VAUXHALL MERIVA

Vauxhall Meriva

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How much does the Vauxhall Meriva cost to run?

The 1.2L diesel is the most economical Vauxhall Meriva to run, taking into account insurance, tax and fuel efficiency.

The Vauxhall Meriva 1.2L diesel costs £20.00 a year to tax, as it sits in tax band B.

It does just under 69 MPG on average, which means it will cost £9.00* in diesel every 100 miles driven.

In terms of fuel efficiency, it sits between the Nissan Note 1.5L diesel and the more thirsty Citroen Berlingo Multispace 1.6L diesel.

The lower the insurance group, the cheaper a car should be to insure. This model is rated insurance group 7, which is lower than the Citroen Berlingo Multispace 1.5L diesel, but higher than the Citroen Berlingo Multispace 1.6L diesel. (If insurance cost is important to you then the Peugeot Partner Tepee has the lowest insurance group.)

Engine options

model1.2L diesel1.4L petrol1.6L diesel1.6L petrol1.7L diesel
mpg56.5 - 68.939.2 - 47.964.2 - 74.342.244.1 - 54.3
emissions109 - 135139 - 16999 - 116159138 - 168
tax£145.00 - £20.00£145.00 - £235.00£0.00 - £30.00£200.00£145.00 - £235.00
insuranceGroup 5 - 9Group 7 - 16Group 12 - 18Group 11Group 11 - 16

*UK average price of diesel £1.34 as of 01/06/2019.

*UK average price of petrol £1.29 as of 01/06/2019.

Vauxhall Meriva: How big is the boot?

The Vauxhall Meriva has an above average boot space (395 litres of luggage with the seats up).

This would allow one pushchair and 2 large bags. Alternatively you could load up with 3 large bags or 3 cabin bags instead.

Worth knowing, the Citroen Berlingo Multispace MPV is the best in class, allowing for one pushchair and 5 large bags with its 762 litres.

Is the Vauxhall Meriva easy to park?

The Vauxhall Meriva is very middle of the road - it fills three quarters of a space. There are lots of wider cars, but just as many that are narrower and feel easier to park. For example, the Nissan Note.

If you park on the street regularly, this is one of the cars to shortlist. At 4284m long it gives you reasonable 516mm space to move the car in and out of the bay.

Which Vauxhall Meriva has the best performance?

The fastest Vauxhall Meriva from 0-60, is the 1.4L petrol (if you’re a petrol head, it has 200 lbs/ft torque and 140 bhp). It hits 60 mph in 9.9 seconds.

The closest rival in its class is the Ford Grand C Max 2.0L diesel, which will beat your Vauxhall Meriva to 60 by 0.1 seconds. That’s a big gap in Formula 1, but not something you would notice in your commute to work.

Engine options

model1.2L diesel1.4L petrol1.6L diesel1.6L petrol1.7L diesel
zeroTo6213.8 - 16.99.9 - 149.9 - 13.812.4 - 13.49.9 - 13.9
torque170 - 180125 - 200280 - 320150260 - 300
bhp75 - 9590 - 14095 - 136105100 - 130

What size caravan or trailer, can the Vauxhall Meriva tow?

If you are towing you want good torque to pull away easily despite the extra weight, and the car needs to be at least 15% heavier than the caravan to keep you stable at speed.

The model that can tow the biggest caravan or heaviest trailer is the Vauxhall Meriva 1.4L petrol which has 200 lbs/ft torque. It should be able to tow a braked caravan or trailer that weighs up to 1300kg comfortably.

You must check your car handbook – maximum towing weights vary considerably with different engine and gearbox combinations.