2023 Author: Eric Donovan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-21 15:44
The Meriva from Opel is a small space miracle. This makes it a popular car for young families. The mini van leaves a good impression as a 1.7 CDTI with 100 hp.
By Frank Mertens
The Opel Meriva is now a bit old, but that hasn't changed much in terms of its attractiveness. The mini van from Rüsselsheim is still a good alternative for customers who are looking for a lot of variability in a manageable space. And thanks to the well-thought-out FlexSpace seating system, the Meriva has that to offer.
Slidable back seat
In addition to folding down the seats, which has now become a matter of course, it also enables the rear seats to be adjusted lengthways and the outer rear seats to be adjusted sideways. This means that the Meriva can be perfectly adapted to the special everyday conditions. So if there is not enough space in the trunk after a major purchase, you can simply push the rear seat forward by up to 20 centimeters and quickly increase the volume of the trunk from 415 to 560 liters without a trunk cover.
The folding tables attached to the back seats are also great, on which you can not only put a drinking bottle, but the children can also use them as storage space for the drawing pad. Just a small detail, but one that you quickly learn to appreciate on long trips with the little ones. The Meriva is quickly becoming a friend of young small families.
The fun with the Meriva begins as soon as you get in. Thanks to its height, you can sit down on the driver and front passenger seat without twisting. Once you have taken a seat, your satisfaction is over for now. As a tall driver beyond 1.80 meters, you are annoyed by the short contact surface of the seats, which do not relieve the thighs enough. In the long run it gets annoying. It's also a shame that the adjustment options of the seat are extremely limited.
Apart from that, there is little to complain about about the interior. The materials make a good impression and feel good. The instruments are easy to use and are where you would expect them to be.
This good impression continues when driving. In our case with the 1.7 CDTi with 100 hp. You don't need more to be good and occasionally sporty. The maximum torque of 260 Nm is at 2000 crankshaft revolutions, the sprint from 0 to 100 km / h completes the Meriva in 12.8 seconds. The top speed is reached at 180 km / h.
Slightly choppy circuit
The six-speed gearbox in the Meriva does a good job, apart from the slightly hacky gearshift. Anyone who wants to take the corners faster with the Meriva can do so with confidence. The tightly tuned chassis does it. The steering reacts very directly and provides good feedback on the road. Opel specifies a standard consumption of 5.4 liters for the Meriva. However, this value cannot be maintained under real driving conditions, so you should confidently add a liter.
Those who do not opt for the innovation equipment variant - here the cornering and cornering lights are part of the standard equipment - should definitely opt for this lighting system. 400 euros should be worth the extra security in the dark. If you don't have to pay attention to every euro, we recommend buying the DVD 90 navigation device, which works well and quickly (1810 euros surcharge). The navigation system is not only easy to use, it also quickly provides route information without a long delay.
If you want to travel in the Mervia, you have to pay at least 15,830 euros (1.4 TwinPort with 90 hp). The 1.7 CDTI we tested in the Innovation equipment variant starts at 21,430 euros and offers the customer a price advantage of at least 1745 euros.