It comes with a turbocharged small capacity petrol engines. The 1.3 litre diesel struggles to make an average progress especially with whole family on board. The 1.6 litre is better but pricey.
It comes with a firm and comfortable ride but the steering is disappointing. At low speeds it is heavy and fails to give a good feedback on a high pace. But it comes with a good grip. On the motorway the ride can be a little fidgety.
The engines are hushed and smooth but still they are not the quietest of cars. You will hear a lot of road noise and wind noise too. The diesel engines quickly drown by the road noise on moving off.
Prices are on a higher side but there are many discounts to grab for. Some lack essential kit. 1.3 CDTi Ecoflex gives impressive running costs. You will get a lifetime reassurance too.
Interior quality is good. Much of the switchgear is borrowed and expensive, the cabin looks plush. However some of the plastics are flimsy and cheap.
Meriva scored a good five star in Euro NCAP crash test rating and all the models have a stability control and anti lock brakes. It also has a twin front and side airbags. The Expression and S models does not have curtain airbags.
The dashboard features come with a traditional wing treatment. It comes with a good steering wheel and entertainment unit from Astra. But the entertainment unit is very clustered. You will get a good visibility, both forward and over the shoulder.
You can convert your car from 5 to a spacious 4 seater. But in the five seat mode, the middle seat is narrow and firm and the Flexrail system runs between the front seat limits and the space present for passengers’ feet. The boot size is decent enough and you can easily fold the rear seat, if not lay them completely flat.
The kit in the entry level expression and S model is not very good. You will not get an air conditioner and curtain airbags. Exclusive models have all the essential equipments like flexrail organiser in between the front seats whereas SE comes with lavish kit list.
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