Vauxhall’s new Meriva enters the UK market with aggressive pricing starting at just £15,495 OTR for the 100PS 1.4 S model, making it a highly competitive proposition for buyers in the compact MPV sector. Customers can order their cars from dealers today.

With a larger wheelbase offering added practicality for buyers – especially those with young children – the Meriva has shifted out of the small-MPV and into the five-seat compact-MPV class, where it’s set to raise the bar for innovation, thanks to standard features like FlexDoors and FlexSpace.

And no matter what the model, the Meriva packs a long list of generous equipment. A CD 400 CD player with MP3 format and aux-in/USB, graphic information display, heated door mirrors, electric windows and electronic park brake means that no Meriva can be classed as ‘poverty-spec’. But even in mid-range Exclusiv form, the Meriva gets air conditioning, cruise control, curtain airbags and the clever FlexRail storage/convenience feature, at a starting price of £16,650 for the 100PS 1.4-litre version.

But for the ultimate in MPV luxury, the SE model holds all the cards. Standard features like a fixed Panoramic full-glass roof with electronic sunshade, dark tinted rear windows and front foldable tray tables on front seat backs will leave families wanting for little, though with a starting price of £17,430, it still offers excellent value.

Entry price for diesel models is £16,875 for the S trim 1.3 CDTi 75PS, and extend to £21,255 for the range-topping SE 1.7 CDTi 100PS automatic. From launch, all 1.7 CDTi versions will come with automatic gearboxes, with a six-speed manual becoming available soon after.

New Meriva Pricing – Effective from 1 April 2010

S 1.4 16v 100PS Manual £15,495.00
S A/C 1.4 16v 100PS a/c Manual £15,995.00
S 1.4 16v 120PS Manual £16,215.00
S A/C 1.4 16v 120PS a/c Manual £16,715.00
S 1.3CDTi 75PS Manual £16,875.00
S A/C 1.3CDTi 75PS a/c Manual £17,375.00
S 1.7CDTi 16v 100PS Automatic £19,325.00
S A/C 1.7CDTi 16v 100PS Automatic £19,825.00
Exclusiv 1.4 16v 100PS Manual £16,650.00
Exclusiv 1.4 16v 120PS Manual £17,365.00
Exclusiv 1.4 16v 140PS Manual £18,140.00
Exclusiv 1.3CDTi 75PS Manual £18,025.00
Exclusiv 1.7CDTi 16v 100PS Automatic £20,475.00
SE 1.4 16v 100PS Manual £17,430.00
SE 1.4 16v 120PS Manual £18,145.00
SE 1.4 16v 140PS Manual £18,920.00
SE 1.7CDTi 16v 100PS Automatic £21,255.00