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Fuel type Petrol
Engine size 1398
Engine size 1364
Fuel type Diesel
Engine size 1686
In improved post-2014-era second generation guise, Vauxhall's little Meriva people carrier turned out to be smarter and more efficient, with the option of impressive 1.6-litre diesel power at the top of the range. Its primary selling points though, remained much as before. So the clever FlexDoor arrangement that'll make life a bit easier for parents on the go remained, plus buyers got a range of neat interior flexibility touches that should also make quite a difference in day-to-day living. Overall, it's a people-friendly choice that could be perfect for small families.
You could be forgiven for wondering about the point of buying a five-seat MPV based on a very compact hatchback. After all, why would you buy a small car when you need all the space you can get? This improved second generation Meriva is very good at answering that question. It isn't quite as pricey as a C-MAX or Scenic-style Focus-sized MPV from its era, yet offers most of the roominess and versatility you get from cars in that segment. In some ways indeed, it's even more flexible.
We're referencing of course of the thing that really marks this car out - its clever FlexDoors. And they do certainly make family life a bit easier. But there are also other reasons why you might want to stick this car on your shopping list. The supportive seats and IntelliLink infotainment system are both buying incentives. For us though, the chief one, if your budget will stretch to it, is the 1.6-litre CDTi diesel engine that arrived with the MK2 model facelift. It's the best diesel in this segment from this era - and when installed, makes this one of the few really small MPVs from this period that's properly suitable for regular longer distance trips.
Get the right deal and, providing you're not looking for sterling petrol economy or the kind of dynamic handling really irrelevant to most buyers in this segment, there's little else not to like about this car. It offers little touches that you'll miss when you have to do without them, not least its double-opening party-piece: without doubt, this Vauxhall scores on the doors.
Borrowing £7,500 on a Hire Purchase agreement over 48 months, a representative APR of 18.5% and a deposit of £0.00,
the amount repayable would be £216.89 a month, with a total cost of credit of £2,910.72 and a total amount
payable of £10,410.72.
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