Vauxhall’s all-new five-seater Meriva MPV goes on sale on 2 June – and the early order book shows that the company is already well on target to meet its expected sales figure of 10,000 by the end of the year.
Meriva joins the executive Signum model – also launched on 2 June – to become the first brand to offer an across-the-board extended petrol engine service interval of 20,000 miles or two years, whichever occurs first.
The reduced dealership visits complement other Meriva money-saving attributes like its low insurance rating (from just 3E) and economical 1.6 8v, 1.6 16v and 1.8 litre engines.
Meriva is a true compact MPV, easy to park and manoeuvre thanks to its overall length of just 159.1 inches. Lots of inside room is ensured by its 76.8 inch width and height of 63.9 inch, almost identical to its bigger seven-seater Zafira brother.
It is a guaranteed family winner with its FlexSpace seating configurations that easily transform the interior from a five seater with 350 litre of luggage space to a two seater giving a flat 1.7 metre cargo area or even a single seater making full use of the optional fold-flat front passenger’s seat.
And just like Zafira, you don’t need to take any of the seats out! The family in the rear is well catered for with the independent rear seat Twin Audio system that comes with headsets and separate controls to give the children their own sound system.
Meriva on-the-road prices start at £10,995.
Signum has re-defined the premium car with its stylish design inside and out. It also makes use of the FlexSpace concept to offer versatility and comfort for two – or an occasional third – rear passenger.
The model comes with a refined chassis and three new engines. Significant is the introduction of Vauxhall’s 3.0 litre V6 CDTi common rail turbo diesel engine offering 0-60 mph in 8.4 seconds and a top speed of 137 mph, yet still returning 38.2 mpg in the combined mode.
Two further diesel engines are offered in Signum, 2.0 or 2.2 litre DTi turbo diesels. While the petrol engined models benefit from the 20,000 mile/two year service intervals, the diesels go one better with a maximum service interval of 30,000 miles or two years. Service intervals are determined by the built-in electronic service monitor and will vary depending on how the car is used.
Signum prices range from £17,995 to £25,600.Published 31 May 2003