Those who come straight from the previous Vauxhall Meriva to this one will notice one thing that doesn’t quite tally between the two: the significant step up in price.
However, this price is in keeping with those of its new-found rivals’. It depreciates at a not-dissimilar rate, too; better, in fact, than some because it is predicted to avoid the steep first-year drop of a Citroën.
Our recorded economy figures for the 1.4-litre turbo model, as ever, failed to match the manufacturer’s claims. But by no more than usual. Drive carefully and you’re likely to better the 31.2mpg we averaged over our whole test. On our touring route, the test Meriva returned a respectable 37.0mpg. Official figures suggest 44.1mpg should be possible.
Low-power versions of the same unit suggest it will cover 3.8 more miles per gallon, and with CO2 emissions of 117g/km undercut the range topper by 5g/km.