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
Vauxhall Meriva Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Vauxhall Meriva VXR|
|Body Type||5-Door Hatchback|
|Colour||Arden Blue Two-Coat Pearlescent|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||7.9 Seconds|
|Top Speed||137 mph|
|Fuel Type||Unleaded Petrol|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||44.8 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||4|
|Warranty||A 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|