While the diesel is all-new, this 1.4 Turbo is essentially the same engine as in the pre-facelifted range, albeit with tweaks to make it compliant with Euro VI emissions regulations.
Still, the 44.8mpg fuel economy looks a bit disappointing compared to the new diesel’s 64.2mpg. It feels – and sounds – a little rough low down in the rev range, and only once the engine is spinning a bit quicker does it smooth out before the turbo kicks in.
Vauxhall has introduced a new, more accurate-feeling six-speed gearbox. Other changes are limited – there’s a more upmarket look, a new Intellilink infotainment system (£1,200) and a few tweaks to the chassis.
The car feels safe in bends and a bit firm over bumps, but practicality is more important than handling here. The clever rear-hinged doors, flexible seats and 397-litre boot ensure the Meriva is as versatile as ever.
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