Opel Meriva 1.4T Enjoy
This ‘new’ Meriva is very practical and it has the typical Opel oomph. The little turbo motor performs.
Looking at the car it looks pretty normal, almost boring. Until you discover what it is all about. The Meriva is a very clever package.
The engineers thought long and hard and have designed a delightful and practical car that delivers much more than it promises at first glance.
The latest Meriva will make a good mom’s taxi, but at the same time would be a brilliant commercial taxi. Just like the London taxi’s of yore the rear doors open forward.
This turbo petrol Meriva packs quite a punch. It has loads of power especially after the turbo kicks in.
The interior is very well laid out and is a pleasant place to spend some time in.
For example. The centre bin between the front seats can be moved forward on rails to form an excellent arm rest. It also reveals extra storage for the rear occupants. There is a modular multi-level storage system with up to 32 storage possibilities.
The FlexSpace® seat system is brilliant.
The boot goes from biggish to minivan size. There is a flat ‘secret’ tray below the goods area, about 10 cm deep. All the stuff that normally lies around in a boot can be safely stowed in here out of the way and hidden from prying eyes. The rear seats fold completely flat to form a flat load bed behind the front row of seats. They even provide a carpet which covers the whole area. Its brilliant.
I found the clutch awful at first. Its hard and unforgiving. After a bit of stop start travel my knee was sore. Three days later I was used to it.
The Meriva is fitted with Straight Line Stability Control (SLS), which recognises any tendency towards instability under braking and adjusts the brake pressure for optimum straight-line braking stability under all road conditions.
The car also has Cornering Brake Control (CBC), which improves stability in bends by reducing the brake pressure of individual wheels.
It even has Drag Torque Control (DTC), which prevents loss of grip due to engine brake torque on icy roads if you live in the Malutis.
The Ecotec engine is very fuel efficient. GM claims 6.7l/100km. Work on 7 to 7.5l/100/km.
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The base price is R261 500. Warranted by General Motors South Africa for 5 years or 120,000 kilometres.