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The Opel Meriva establishes itself as an innovative and very capable compact people carrier.

17 Apr 2015

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Standing out in the compact multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) market is tough, with names such as the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, the Citroen C4 Picasso, the Mercedes-Benz B-Class and the Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan.

But the latest iteration of the Opel Meriva looks set to do so with its rearward-opening doors, akin to the coach doors on a Rolls-Royce.

The Meriva was conceived as a car for a young family, or maybe a second family car to replace the wife's supermini. The second generation of the compact MPV debuted globally in 2010 but it was only recently that the facelifted version arrived in Singapore.

A more sophisticated look graces the front fascia

Exterior


When viewed from a distance, the Meriva may resemble its siblings, the Astra and the Zafira Tourer. But take a step closer and you will realise that the design of the Meriva is unique in its own way.

With its small footprint - it's actually 119mm shorter than the Astra - it can replace a small hatchback, while being much more adept at hauling children and your barang barang.


The new Meriva has adopted a more expressive and dynamic silhouette to its basic cab-forward MPV design. Like the Astra and the Insignia, a 'blade' on the side complements the window line with a distinct 'wave' accentuating the FlexDoors, and this does a good job of breaking up the car's boxy stance.

The styling, which needed little in the way of updating, remains as it was with staggered side windows, giving rear seat passengers more glass area.

Changes to the second generation Meriva are subtle but there's a new grille, flanked by redesigned 'eagle-eye' head lights, and chrome accents now frame the fog lights set in the front bumper.

Entry and exit is now a grand affair with this set of doors



Car Information
This model is no longer being sold by local distributors

Price

: -

Engine Type

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4-cylinder in-line 16-valve ECOTEC Turbocharger

Engine Cap

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1364cc

Horsepower

:

88kW (118 bhp) / 6000 rpm

Torque

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200 Nm / 4200 rpm

Transmission

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6-speed (A)

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

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11.9sec

Top Speed

:

185km/h

Fuel consumption

:

13.9km/L

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