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The Opel Meriva has been represented in two generations so far. Between 2002 and 2010, it was made as a mini MPV. Since 2010, the auto belongs to the compact MPV class.
The Meriva is a family vehicle. Despite rather modest dimensions, it’s surprisingly spacious inside and offers plenty of leg- and headroom in addition to unusual rear doors, designed for easier access, adjustable back seats, and incredibly large trunk.
One of the Opel Meriva’s peculiarities is its rear-hinged back doors. They could be found almost on all vehicles made in the first half of the XX century. But today, they are a rarity. Such doors, which open in the opposite direction than in modern vehicles, together with grab handles make access to the rear seats easier.
According to experts’ point of view, visibility is excellent. Due to a commanding position, a driver has a clear view of the road ahead and aside. However, an excessive number of buttons situated on the centre console can baffle them.
The cabin of the Opel Meriva is designed with taste. If it’s simple, it doesn’t mean it isn’t elegant. The cabin of the car is trimmed with high-quality and soft-touch materials, which are meant not just for comfort but practicality as well.
Another peculiarity the auto possesses is the FlexRail. It represents a pair of rails in the centre of the car stretching from the centre console to the rear seats. A number of storage compartments of different shape and purpose can be attached to them. It’s a good solution for storing such items as coffee/tea cups, personal electronic devices, small suitcases and bags.
Opel applied one more technology called FlexSpace to the new Meriva. It allows converting the rear seats to passengers’ liking. With the help of this system, you can turn the roomy four-seater into a five-seater quickly and easily adding a seat between the rear seats. When you don’t need the one, you can fill this space with a console where you can put CD discs, snacks, beverages, gadgets, etc. Besides, you can fold one of the rear seats down if some really long things have to be transported.
Another Opel Meriva’s advantage is its huge boot with 400-litre capacity counting the under-floor compartment. With the seats folded flat, it increases to 1,500 litres. Moreover, there are enough small storage compartments across the cabin, which are essential for an arranged and neat cabin.
Engine & Mileage
The Opel Meriva can be powered by four engines. A 1.3-L 4-cylinder turbodiesel motor produces 93 bhp and 133 lb/ft of torque. It can run about 63 mpg emanating 119 g/km of CO2 (a road tax isn’t high at all). Experts say this engine accelerates slowly and behaves strange in cold weather. Still, it’s a good variant for those who need a car for driving in the city.
A 1.4-L turbo 4-cylinder petrol engine generates 118 bhp and reaches 62 mph mark in 11.3 seconds. A car powered by it can cover 46.3 mpg returning 143 g/km of CO2. It works quietly and smoothly. It can take you around the city without problems although you’ll have to demonstrate your driving talent if you want to achieve more.
A more powerful version of a 1.4-L turbo 4-cylinder petrol engine is the one that makes 138 bhp and 148 lb/ft of torque. Official figures state it returns 42.2 mpg while in real-life conditions be ready to high 30s.
The most powerful engine in the range is a 1.7-L turbo 4-cylinder one that produces 128 bhp and 221 lb/ft of torque. It accelerates the car to 62 mph in 9.9 seconds. It’s rated at 54.3 mpg and 138 g/km of CO2.This engine is created for rushing cars at full speed on highways. However, it’s beyond average people’s purse.
Safety and Other Equipment
Opel took into consideration that their products are used for different purposes by people belonging to different classes. It prompted them to create the whole range of trim levels for the Meriva. A customer can choose from the Life, S, Exclusiv, Energy, Tech Line, and SE. As a result, there’s a huge number of modifications that aren’t logically arranged. It makes gaining an understanding what makes one better than the other somewhat difficult. Why do the Life models offering more features than the S ones cost less? Why are the Tech Line Merivas providing materials of higher quality valued at a lower price than the Exclusiv? Evidently, it could have been done simpler. Features common for all the trim levels are central locking, electric windows, and air conditioning.
The Opel Meriva earned five stars in the Euro NCAP crash rests. All the models, regardless of a trim level, are equipped with four airbags. You have to own top-of-the-line models – the Exclusiv, Tech Line, or SE – if you want to have additional curtain airbags in your car.
Among other safety equipment the Meriva offers are five three-point seatbelts, front seatbelts with pre-tensioners, ISOFIX child seat mounting points as well as collapsible steering column, adaptive brake lights, electronic stability control, and hill start assist.
Unfortunately, the Opel Meriva doesn’t have such modern safety technologies as lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, or autonomous emergency braking most of its rivals have (they even aren’t on the list of optional features).
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