Impressive small family MPV: practical, versatile, easy to get in and out of, with by far the best ride and handling of any small MPV.
Spacesaver spare a £105 option. Compatible USB port not fitted to first production. Strange problem of parking brake activating while driving.
Latest Update Vauxhall Merivas B: Seems to be a problem of overheating fuel pump relays on 1.7CDTi. Fuel pump sticks on. Reader report of this at 18 months and 12,500 miles melting the fusebox and damaging the loom.
7-10-2012: Two strange reports of electric parking brake activating while the car was being driven. 2nd car returned to dealer. Supposedly fixed. But kept happening. Finally returned to Vauxhall who kept it for 2 months attempting to identify the fault without success.
Introduction (from Vauxhall Meriva 2010 Road Test and Video):
Controversially (and to get people talking about the car), GM Europe has gone for rear-hinged rear doors. What used to be called ‘suicide doors’, but they are also fitted to the Rolls Royce Phantom and I haven’t heard of any DIY deaths as a result.
(Actually the doors have various locking systems that make death by door impossible to achieve.)
They aren’t just a gimmick. Both they and the front doors open extra wide (with four separate click-stops) and facilitate very easy entry and egress.