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The Vauxhall Meriva is a practical people carrier with family-friendly rear hinged side doors. It is expensive to buy new, but discounts of up to 26% make it much better value.
People carriers are all about practicality and the Vauxhall Meriva’s party trick is its pair of rear-hinged back doors, which open very wide, making it easy to put children into car seats. The Meriva is available with a wide range of engines and specification levels, so there should be a model to suit most people’s needs and budgets.
Our main criticisms of the Meriva are its high prices and steep running costs. A quick search online, however, reveals substantial discounts of up to £4,975. Take these into account and the Meriva is very good value, with well-equipped brand-new petrol models available from under £11,000.
Save 26% on Vauxhall Meriva 1.4T  Exclusiv
Our favourite Meriva is the 1.4T  Exclusiv. This model is both cheap at the petrol pumps and powerful enough to lug around a full load of passengers and luggage. With this engine under the bonnet, the Meriva can accelerate to 62mph in 10.1 seconds, but still returns an official fuel economy figure of 44.8mpg.
Thanks to a £4,975 discount you can pick up this Meriva for less than £14,000. Standard equipment includes the handy rear-hinged doors, air conditioning, cruise control, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls and a 12-volt socket for the rear seats.
Vauxhall Meriva 1.4 Tech Line for just £10,995
If you’ve got less to spend, the most affordable Meriva is the 1.4i Tech Line, priced at just £10,995, following a 20% discount. This red, delivery mileage model is packed with normally expensive optional equipment, such as heated front seats, a heated leather steering wheel and front and rear parking sensors.
Rear passengers aren’t forgotten about either with electric rear windows and folding trays on the front seat backs. In 1.4-litre form this petrol model returns a strong claimed fuel consumption figure of 47.1mpg, although acceleration is sluggish with the car requiring 14.0 seconds to hit 62mph. If you often carry lots of passengers or heavy loads, you may want to spend more on a more powerful engine.
£4,606 discount on Vauxhall Meriva 1.7 CDTi 16V  Exclusiv
For those who cover a lot of miles, the Meriva 1.7 CDTi could be a good option, thanks to its claimed economy figure of 53.3mpg. Despite the strong economy, this Meriva can still accelerate to 62mph in a sprightly 9.9 seconds.
This Meriva could be yours for £15,029 – a 23% saving on its list price. The list of standard equipment is long too, matching the 1.4T Exclusiv model above.
Hot Car Deals:
- Vauxhall Meriva 1.4T  Exclusiv – £13,985 at Nationwide Cars
- Vauxhall Meriva 1.4i 16V Tech Line – £10,995 at Perrys
- Vauxhall Meriva 1.7 CDTi 16V  Exclusiv – £15,029 at Nationwide Cars
- Vauxhall Meriva: read our full lab test review
- Browse through all of our people carrier reviews
- Read our guide to buying a new car
Hot Car Deal hunters please note:
- The car brokers and deals featured are not vetted, endorsed or recommended by Which?. Always check the specifics of the deal so you know exactly what you are getting and who is supplying the car. Make sure all aspects of the deal are confirmed in writing before committing to buy.
- Not all brokers deal in UK sourced vehicles, and this may have an impact on standard equipment and warranty levels.
- The term ‘pre-reg’ or ‘pre-registered’ refers to vehicles that are brand new but already registered with the DVLA. This means that you will appear as the second owner on the V5 registration document.
- Beware of unscrupulous brokers who tell you they will have to retain the V5 registration document for a period of time after your purchase of the car. Vehicles sold this way may be cheap, but there are legal implications, including the risk that you the buyer could be committing a criminal offence when you drive the car, so they should be avoided.