Vauxhall Meriva VXR Review

Vauxhall Meriva VXR
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Vauxhall Meriva Review

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The Vauxhall Astra, Zafira, Vectra and Monaro have all received the VXR treatment and now it’s the turn of the Meriva.

The Vauxhall Astra, Zafira, Vectra and Monaro have all received the VXR treatment and now it’s the turn of the Meriva.

The resultant Meriva VXR could be described as the popular mini MPV’s ‘Evil Twin’. After driving only a short distance, my first thoughts were that this car is scary. MPV's, small or large just aren’t meant to be like this.

And that is one of Vauxhall’s selling points - offering a new niche and proving that mini MPV's aren’t just about children and shopping. Well the VXR certainly isn’t!

The Meriva range has recently had a makeover and now sports a new face with a more prominent front grille and re-styled bumpers. The rear end has a chrome strip across the large tailgate and darkened rear light lenses, while the interior has gained extra chrome details amongst other things.

The VXR goes one step further and the distinguishing features are listed as: honeycomb grilles, VXR side sills and rear spoiler, VXR fog lamps, rear bumper and skirt, a trapezoidal tailpipe and, of course, the VXR badge on the back. It is all very discrete and innocent-looking - until you drive it.

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Vauxhall Meriva Road Test Data
Model ReviewedVauxhall Meriva VXR
  
Body Type5-Door Hatchback
ColourArden Blue Two-Coat Pearlescent
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph7.9 Seconds
Top Speed 137 mph
  
Transmission6-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypeUnleaded Petrol
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban27.2 mpg
Extra Urban44.8 mpg
Combined36.2 mpg
  
Insurance Group12
Euro NCAP Rating4
WarrantyA one-year unlimited mileage manufacturer's warranty. An additional second and third year no-fee customer option warranty is also available in the UK.
Price (when tested on the 03/08/06)£16,520

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