In The Cabin
Inside, befitting its raised status to “a class above” the old Meriva, you’ll find the same high-end dashboard and instruments as in an Insignia or new Astra. There’s a curious arrangement of parallel sliding cupholders, knick-nack trays and armrests between the front seats that on our car weren’t complete because it was pre-production. They’re also working on a compatible USB port and early new Merivas will come only with an Aux-in socket.
But the rest of the car was all present and correct.
Fold the narrow centre rear seat flat and you can slide the rear seats back diagonally, as in a C-Max, to provide more legroom. You can also fold the seats flat for carrying luggage.
Load capacities are 400 litres just the boot, 920 litres to waist height with all rear seats folded, and 1,500 litres to the roof with all rear seats folded.
There’s a well for a spare wheel under the load floor, but you have to pay an extra £105 for a space saver, otherwise all you get is an inflation kit, which, as we all know, won’t inflate a shredded tyre.
There are lots of stowage spaces. Ample power points. And a neat pair of grooves into which the load cover can be slid when carrying tall stuff (or a dog) in the back.