Vauxhall Meriva VXR Road Test

Vauxhall Meriva VXR
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Vauxhall Meriva Review

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The Meriva VXR is certainly a lot of fun to drive and offers a very entertaining compromise for people who find themselves juggling family needs and a love of driving.

Drivers of the new Meriva face one of the tidiest fascias I’ve seen in a while. The fascia in the VXR features carbon-fibre effect detailing, which also appears on the door inserts and on the exterior pillars, and there’s an abundance of VXR logos just in case the performance is not a reminder in itself.

The Meriva VXR costs £16,520 and includes air-conditioning and 17-alloys in its standard specification. The test car was fitted with a few of the available optional extras, such as Halogen Adaptive Forward Lights (£250), Bluetooth phone compatibility (£300) and stereo radio/CD audio system with MP3 capability for £75.

The Meriva VXR is certainly a lot of fun to drive and offers a very entertaining compromise for people who find themselves juggling family needs and a love of driving. But, I still can’t help thinking that the hot-hatch power and performance is inappropriate for a mini MPV. You decide.

3 August 2006 Melanie Carter
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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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