Opel Meriva Review & Ratings: Design, Features, Performance, Specifications ...

Opel Meriva Review & Ratings

The Opel Meriva is a compact multi-purpose vehicle manufactured by German automaker Adam Opel Auto Group. Opel was founded in 1862 as a sewing machine maker and then began building bicycles in 1886. Opel built its first car in 1899 and today is a subsidiary of American automaker General Motors.

The first generation Meriva was a mini, or subcompact, produced from 2002 to 2010. The car has a second row of seats that can be moved forward or back and stowed in the floor for larger cargo space. The cars came with a variety of engines– in both gasoline and diesel models. In 2006 the Meriva received a facelift, changing the engines and revising the rear end.

The second generation Meriva was introduced in 2010 and was larger than the previous model. It went from being a mini to a compact. All in all, it has a slightly more streamlined design. The interior also got a revamp with an improved instrument panel and roomier seating.

Mechanical improvements give the car better stability and handling. The Meriva is also the only car in its class to have suicide doors (hinge is at the back instead of the front). The car recently received a facelift to the body styling.


The Meriva has a base list price of $20,200.00 US dollars but the cost goes up with added features. Pre-owned cars can be found for less– depending on model year, mileage, and running condition.

Engine Options

The Meriva is available with 1.4L Inline-4, 1.4L turbo Inline-4, 1.3L Inline-4 diesel, and 1.7L Inline-4 diesel engines.

Transmission Options

Available transmissions include a five-speed manual, a six-speed manual, and a six-speed automatic.

Size and Space Options

The Meriva is a subcompact with seating for up to five passengers. The car offers plenty of head and leg room. The rear seats can move forward or back providing lots of room for rear passengers; they stow into the floor for ample cargo space.

Control Panel and Display

The instrumentation is driver-friendly with fuel gauge, speedometer, odometer, and tachometer. There is also the IntelliLink infotainment system with touchscreen controls. The steering wheel also has driver controls for cruise control, climate control, etc.


Seats are upholstered in a soft cloth and are ergonomically designed for comfort and support. The Meriva also boasts automatic climate control.


The Meriva is available in most markets, except North America: both new and pre-owned vehicles are widely available at an affordable price.

Security Systems

The car comes with a standard anti-theft alarm system and remote keyless entry.

Safety Options

Standard safety features include a rigid body construction, front and rear crumple zones, three-point seatbelts, head restraints, airbags, anti-lock brakes, stability control, and traction control.

Interior Options

Interior features offered by the car include power locks and windows, climate control, navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity, stereo with CD player and both USB and auxiliary connectivity, and seven-inch touchscreen.

Exterior Options

Exterior features include mud flaps, front fog lamps, fixed towing hitch, power side mirrors, chrome grille, daytime running lights, and the FlexDoor system.


The car comes with a lot of accessories including a roof rack, rear bicycle rack, roof cargo box, floor mats, and cup holders.


The Meriva is a well-built vehicle using quality materials. The interior is generous and sophisticated, as well as comfortable.


This is a sleek little car that is a great choice for families.


The Meriva is an affordable car that gives you a lot for your money. The car also has excellent fuel efficiency so it will save plenty of money at the gas pump.

Our Verdict

The Opel Meriva is an exceptional car that offers a great value. With better features than most in its class and a generous amount of space, the Meriva is an excellent choice for a family car.

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