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1.6 CDTi 16V Ecoflex SE 5dr

This Vauxhall Meriva 1.6 CDTi 16V Ecoflex SE 5dr MPV is available now at Pentagon on the Motability scheme and can be ordered in a wide range of colours. And because it´s from Motability your car insurance, breakdown cover, servicing costs and tyres are all included.

  • Diesel
  • 136
  • Manual
  • 64.2
  • 116
  • Road Tax
  • Insurance
Pentagon Vauxhall

This New Vauxhall Meriva With Motability is available from
Burton-on-Trent, Derby, Lincoln, Manchester, Mansfield, Nottingham, Oldham, Rochdale and Sheffield

0800 085 7296

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  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • USB Connect
  • Isofix
  • Cruise Control
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring
  • Electric Windows
  • Traction control
  • Airbags

+ Driver Convenience
  • "Lead me to the car" lights
  • 'Lights On' warning buzzer
  • 6 speakers
  • Ambient lighting
  • Aux input
  • Boot light
  • Cruise control
  • Front reading lights
  • Information display
  • Instrument lighting dimmer
  • Mobile phone system with Bluetooth (does not include telephone)
  • Pollen filter
  • Rear courtesy lights
  • Service interval indicator
  • Speed sensitive power steering
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Trip computer
  • USB connection
+ Exterior Features
  • 2 speed wipers+variable intermittent wipe
  • Adaptive brake lights
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour door mirrors
  • Body colour tailgate handle
  • Chrome effect window side mouldings
  • Chrome rear bumper inserts
  • Dark tinted rear windows
  • Dipping rear view mirror
  • Door to door illumination
  • Electric adjustable/heated/folding door mirrors
  • Electric front windows
  • Electric headlight beam leveling
  • Electric rear windows with safety auto reverse + one touch facility
  • FlexDoors
  • Front fog lights with chrome surrounds
  • Heated rear window with intermittent wash/wipe
  • Laminated windscreen
  • Load sill protection
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Tinted glass
+ Interior Features
  • 12V power point for rear passengers
  • 12V power points in front + rear centre consoles
  • 2 height adjustable rear headrests
  • 3 spoke steering wheel
  • Alloy front and rear door sill plates
  • Anti submarining front seats
  • Astor cloth morrocanna
  • Centre console with cupholders
  • Chrome effect interior door handles
  • Driver seat height adjustment
  • Driver/passenger sunvisors and illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Flex floor multi-level adjustable load compartment
  • Flex5 seating
  • FlexRails with sliding storage box and armrest
  • Front door pockets with bottle holders
  • Front seat back map pockets
  • Front sliding centre armrest with stowage
  • Glovebox with lid
  • Height adjustable outer rear head restraints
  • Isofix system on outer rear seats
  • Leather gear knob
  • Luggage compartment cover
  • Passenger assist handle with coathook
  • Rake/reach adjustable steering wheel
  • Rear door pockets
  • Reclining front seats
  • Reinforced rear seat back
  • Split folding 2nd row - 40/20/40
  • Storage compartment in luggage compartment
+ Safety
  • 3 rear 3 point seatbelts
  • Airbag deactivation switch
  • Anti lock brake system with Brake Assist
  • Cornering brake control
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • Electronic Stability Programme plus + traction control
  • Electronic brake force distribution
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Front seat side impact airbags
  • Front seatbelt force limiters
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Hill start assist
  • Pedal release system
  • Pyrotechnically pre-tensioned front seatbelts
  • Rear child proof door locks
  • Seatbelt reminders for driver and front passenger
  • Side impact protection beams
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
+ Security
  • Alarm
  • Deadlock
  • Electric tailgate lock with touchpad
  • Immobiliser
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Remote central locking
+ Other
  • Jet black upper facia with black trim
  • Protection pack with curtain airbags - Meriva

Euro NCAP is independent organisation providing motoring consumers with an impartial assessment of the safety performance of popular cars sold in the UK. See the full report on this vehicle.

  • Adult Occupant
    Adult Occupant: 89
  • Child Occupant
    Child Occupant: 77
  • Pedestrian
    Pedestrian: 55
  • Safety Assist
    Safety Assist: 86
The Motability Scheme At Pentagon

A Big Welcome To Every Motability Customer
At Pentagon we aim to make your visit to us as convenient and comfortable as possible. We make every effort to ensure you are well looked after and receive a service that you will feel happy to recommend to your friends and family.

A new car every three years
You get a new car every three years and we will contact you a few months before your expiry date to help you choose your next car.

Comprehensive insurance
Fully comprehensive insurance is included, and you can also nominate two drivers who can drive on your behalf. If you leave Motability you can even request a letter confirming your claims history to take to your new insurer.

Servicing and maintenance
Regular service and maintenance is included so you'll have no unexpected repair bills.

Breakdown assistance
RAC Motability Assistance is provided for recovery, either at the roadside or at home.

Car tax
A new tax disc will be sent directly to your home each year.

Replacement tyres
Worn or damaged tyres (by normal use) will be replaced free of charge.

Window and windscreen repair or replacement
Should anything happen to your windows or windscreen it will be repaired or replaced at no cost to you.

60,000 mileage allowance
You can drive upto 60,000 miles over three years with all Motability cars.

+ Ten Second Review
New Vauxhall Meriva With Motability - Ten Second Review

There's little cause for complaint about the latest 1.6 CDTi under the bonnet of the much-improved Vauxhall Meriva. It delivers a 10 per cent efficiency improvement over the old 1.7 CDTi unit, despite being more powerful. It's hard to argue with 64.2mpg in a car this practical.
+ Background
New Vauxhall Meriva With Motability - Background

It used to be so difficult. You wanted a vehicle with decent economy that could do the family duties, yet had something about it when you pressed the throttle pedal. Trying to square those requirements for a reasonable budget could tie even the most knowledgeable car enthusiast in knots. These days things are a whole lot easier. If you want to know how easy, just go to a Vauxhall dealer and cajole them into lending you a Meriva 1.6 CDTi diesel. It's a car that's been steadily improved over the course of its lifetime, but replacing the old 1.7-litre diesel lump with a smaller but more modern, powerful and economical engine has given this particular Meriva real appeal for family buyers.

If you tried one of the old Mk 1 Merivas in the past and found it all a bit too compact for your needs, now might be the time to reassess. The second generation car is a good deal bigger and the 1.6 CDTi engine we look at here is leagues better than the old 1.7-litre unit. If there was an industry award for biggest improver, this car could be in with a shout.
+ Driving Experience
New Vauxhall Meriva With Motability - Driving Experience

We've seen this 1.6-litre unt before in the bigger Zafira Tourer and if it can do a job of moving a vehicle that big, you know it's not going to have any problem whatsoever shifting a Meriva up the road with some verve. And so it proves. Developing a healthy 136PS, this Euro6-compliant motor also serves up a supersized 320Nm of torque at just 2,000rpm, which lends it a hugely muscular feel. By comparison, a BMW X1 sDrive18d requires a 2.0-litre diesel engine to achieve the same torque figure. In fact this Meriva will get to 62mph in just 9.9 seconds and Vauxhall has worked at improving the quality of the six-speed manual gearshift so that changes are slicker and gear engagement more reassuring. Refinement at speed is a notable strong point, with the engine only really becoming vocal at around 4,000rpm, at which point you will have probably upshifted anyway.

Chassis dynamics have never really been a Meriva high point. You buy a Ford B-MAX if you're the sort of driver who wants to take the long route home from the school run. The steering in the Meriva is accurate but decidedly synthetic in feel. Nevertheless, the car generally feels very substantial and reassuring to drive, with plenty of grip and safe, predictable handling. Ride quality is firm but the advantage of this is that body roll is very well controlled. You will have to put up with a few bumps and thumps on very poor surfaces though.
+ Design And Build
New Vauxhall Meriva With Motability - Design and Build

This facelifted second generation Meriva gets a revised grille, but the chrome accents that frame the front fog lamps aren't so obvious. The headlights seem to have soaked up much of the budget and now feature an 'eagle-eye' graphic. For the first time, LED daytime running lights and LED tail lights are available as an option. If you're in the mood to tick options boxes, you can also pay extra for some 18-inch alloy wheels.

The Meriva still differentiates itself from its many rivals via its rear-hinged back doors. The advantage of this design comes when entering and exiting the vehicle as the doors open to an angle of almost 90 degrees and you can step straight out unhindered. It also helps parents when they're strapping the kids in or fitting child car seats because there's no door in the way to manoeuvre around. The interior itself is based around the FlexSpace seating system which allows the rear seats to fold down and slide individually. Splitting the cabin on the plusher models is the FlexRail, a pair of metal runners between the front seats that various modular storage bins and arm-rests can be clipped to and slid along. It's all very clever but those who have a thing for plastics quality might feel that some parts of the Meriva's cabin - especially rearwards from the front seats - show clear signs of cost-cutting. Still, that's the case with many of its rivals. It goes with the territory at this price point.
+ Market And Model
New Vauxhall Meriva With Motability - Market and Model

Whereas you used to have legions of trim level variations to wade through in order to find the Meriva you wanted, with this 1.6-litre CDTi, things are a whole lot more straightforward. You either pay just over £19,000 and buy the S trim or you pay just over £21,000 and bag yourself the SE specification. The S isn't badly finished with an ESP-plus electronic stability control system, twin front airbags, an electric parking brake, a CD / MP3 CD player / stereo radio with USB and AUX-in socket, electric front windows, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, remote central deadlocking, front side airbags and door-to-door illumination.

Go for the up-spec SE version and you'll find refinements such as a panoramic glass sunroof, 17-inch alloy wheels, folding seatback trays and under-seat drawers, a trip computer, cruise control, curtain airbags, leather trim for the steering wheel and gear shifter and heating for both the seats and the wheel. That still stacks up very well against rivals, undercutting the Citroen C3 Picasso and the Ford B-MAX but if you still think that this is a little out of your range, your dealer will also take orders for a cheaper 110PS variant.
+ Cost Of Ownership
New Vauxhall Meriva With Motability - Cost of Ownership

There are many MPV or SUV owners who have looked at the cost of petrol and diesel derivatives of the same car, done the calculations and decided that based on the amount of miles they do, they'd never justify the additional expense of the diesel variant. So they buy the petrol model and soon come to realise that the torque deficit you get with entry-level petrol engines requires you to flog them really hard to make progress. They look at their economy figures and then realise the error of their ways. They should have bought a car like this Meriva 1.6 CDTi. Although owners might not replicate Vauxhall's claimed 64.2mpg fuel consumption average, it's a car that doesn't need too much throttle to row along quite nicely, so you shouldn't need to resort to extreme measures to see better than 50mpg on a regular basis.

Emissions are also kept well in check at just 116g/km which, like the economy figure, is even better than the lowly 1.3-litre CDTi diesel engine you can also have fitted in your Meriva. Residual values ought to be strong as well, with many buyers being attracted to the Meriva range's best and most economical powerplant.
+ Summary
New Vauxhall Meriva With Motability - Summary

If you've already decided that you want a Vauxhall Meriva, then this 1.6-litre CDTi diesel engine is, without a shadow of doubt, the best engine in the line-up. If you can afford the asking price, you should choose this variant. Why? It's the most economical, it's got the most torque and this diesel unit just works better in a vehicle that's often going to be carrying a bit of weight on board. It's the mark of a good engine when the car seems designed for that powerplant and that's certainly the case here.

The one caveat we'd forward is that this level of competence doesn't come cheaply. The entry-level price of over £19,000 might well have many family buyers looking at slightly larger compact five-seat MPVs like Citroen's C4 Picasso or Renault's Scenic. What's undeniable is that at this price point, neither can match the talents of the Vauxhall's engine. If you care not a jot about what engine you get, this Meriva's never going to appeal. Do your homework though and you'll see why this one's been so well received.
Prices referred to in the review are MRRP

The information on this vehicle has been obtained in good faith from CAP data, and is based on the Manufacturer's standard specification. Any extras, such as upgraded wheels, may change this data. Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the above information, the vehicle specification and the vehicle picture shown, some inaccuracies may occur. Please check with your dealer about any items which may affect your decision to buy this vehicle. Fuel costs per mile calculated using average petrol and diesel prices.

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