Vauxhall Meriva Review 2023 | Top Gear
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Thursday 28th September
Nice to drive and with funky doors, the Meriva is very practical for such a small car. What's not to like?

Good stuff

Spacious, flexible interior and not at all bad to drive

Bad stuff

Sparsely equipped at the bottom end of the range


What is it?

A small people carrier/MPV thingy. Well, ‘small’ is relative, as this Meriva is significantly bigger than its predecessor and now competes with models previously thought to be a class above. Its USP is its funky door design, with the rears hinged at the back. Sounds like a bit of a gimmick, but use them and you soon realise they’re a stroke of genius. Parents of small children will approve. It's been facelifted for 2014, but this is very much an engineering update: styling changes are few and far between. 

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What's the verdict?

A decent family car with loads of clever touches – so long as you don’t buy the cheapest version.

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