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35 Euro Cars That Can Save America: # 32 - Vauxhall - Opel Meriva MPV

Updated on September 30, 2008


I've always found it funny that although Vauxhall and Opel are exactly the same cars (they're GM Europe's brand), it's not true that the differentiation is that Vauxhalls are the right hand drive versions and Opels are the left hand drive. In Ireland you can't buy Vauxhalls, but you can buy Opels, and yes, they are right hand drive. I guess that the Irish are not going to forgive the British anytime soon so they'd rather buy a German brand than a British one. Regardless, the Meriva MPV is a very expensive car for the class, but it is essentially a minivan, so you can certainly forgive the expense. Its 1.4 litre engine provides excellent performance and surprisingly good fuel economy, so if you need to cart the family around, this could be the car for you!


The Vauxhall - Opel Meriva MPV 1.4 16v Life 5 Door is estimated to carry a North American net sale price of $16,050.11, given the prevailing market pricing of similar automobiles. Its 1364 cc engine powers the car to a top speed of 104 MPH and an acceleration shown by a zero to sixty MPH time of 13.4 seconds. The performance factor of 13.1 is above average for its class. The Vauxhall - Opel Meriva MPV 1.4 16v Life 5 Door returns 53.2 MPG in highway driving, 34 MPG in the city, and a combined loop mileage of 44.1. With a fuel tank capacity of 10 gallons, the car can travel 532 miles on a full tank of unleaded regular fuel, but when it's filled right up to the top of the fuel filler neck, the total range should be approximately 641 miles. When all these price, performance and mileage factors are taken into consideration, the Vauxhall - Opel Meriva MPV 1.4 16v Life 5 Door scores a combined Practicality Index of 62, with 100 representing the best, most practical car available and 1 representing a Hummer H3.


Vauxhall - Opel Meriva MPV 1.4 16v Life 5 Door •





Body Style • MPV

Doors • Number of • 5

Seats • Number of • 5

Engine Displacement (cc) & Cylinders • 1364 / 4

Valves • Number of • 16

Type of Fuel • Unleaded

Maximum Power (bhp @ rpm) • 89 / 5600

Torque (lb / ft) • 92

Engine Layout • F

Wheel Drive • Front

Overall Length (mm) • 4052

Overall Width (mm) • 1694

Overall Height (mm) • 1624

Front Seat Head Room (mm) • 990

Front Seat Leg Room (mm) • 1015

Rear Seat Head Room (mm) • 950

Rear Seat Knee Room (mm) • 730

Trunk Capacity Seats Up (litres) • 330

Trunk Capacity Seats Down (litres) • 1410

Turning Radius (m) • 10.42

Towing Capacity (kg) • 1000

Curb Weight (kg) • 1255


0 to 60 MPH (secs) • 13.4

Top speed (MPH) • 104



Metallic Exterior Paint • $375.00


Central Locking System • Standard Equipment

Remote Locking System • Standard Equipment

Power Assisted Steering • Standard Equipment

Seat Belt Pre-Tensioners • Standard Equipment

Driver Side Air Bag • Standard Equipment

Passenger Side Air Bag • Standard Equipment

Side Mounted Air Bag • Option Option Price Not Available

Center Mounted Three Point Seat Belt • Standard Equipment

Automatic Traction Control • Option Option Price Not Available

Electronic Stability System • Option Option Price Not Available

Anti Lock (ABS) Brakes • Standard Equipment

Deadlock • Standard Equipment

Vehicle Immobilizer • Standard Equipment

Visible VIN • Standard Equipment

Secure Spare Tire • Standard Equipment

Side Impact Safety Bars • Standard Equipment

Rain Sensing Windshield Wipers • Option Not Available

Adaptive Cruise Speed Control • Option Not Available

Lane Departure Alarm • Option Not Available

Parking Sensor For Front • Option Not Available


Climatic Control • Option Not Available

Adjustable Steering Reach • Option Not Available

Adjustable Steering Height • $95.00

Power Steering • Option Not Available

Adjustable Seat Height • Standard Equipment

Air Conditioning • Option Not Available

Split Folding Rear Seats • Standard Equipment

Power Front Windows • Standard Equipment

Remote Mirrors • Option Not Available

Electrically Heated Mirrors • Option Not Available

Power Sunroof • Option Not Available

Remote Folding Mirrors • Option Not Available


Radio • Option Not Available

Radio With RDS • Option Not Available

Multi CD • Option Not Available

iPod / MP3 Connector • $75.00

DVD Player Enabled • $743.00

MP3 CD Player Enabled • $75.00

CD With RDS • Standard Equipment

Vehicle Hard Drive • Option Not Available


City MPG • 34

Highway MPG • 53.2

Combined MPG • 44.1

Fuel Tank Capacity (gallons) • 10

Carbon Dioxide Rating (g / km) • 154

Carbon Footprint Offset Cost • $22.00

Eco Rating • D

Insurability Grouping • 4

Estimated Average Insurance • $323.00

Percentage Value Retained (3 Years / 36,000 mi) • 32.00%

Estimated Average Monthly Lease Cost • $223.00

Maintenance Factor • 36

Estimated Maintenance Cost Over 3 Years • $697.00

Maintenance Intervals • 12,000 mi

Manufacturer's Warranty Term • 3 Year / 40,000 mi


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