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Opel Meriva a clever family cruiser


IN THE third quarter of 2013, Opel’s Meriva received a mild update that saw the range shrink to just one model. The Meriva has always been a great vehicle -it was a finalist in the 2013 South African Car of the Year competition - and now it has an improved specification list in the form of the 1.4 Turbo Enjoy.

There are a number of things that make the Meriva a great family car, for instance there the rail in the centre console that allows for the driver to move the storage unit to either the front or back of the vehicle. There is also the flexible seating system at the back that allows for the individual rear seats to be moved independently. The rear doors are even rear-hinged to allow for easier access. Once the rear seats have been folded completely flat, there is even a rubberised mat in place that allows for most things to be transported without making a mess.

I also noticed a few touches that make me believe that this is a well-engineered car, for instance the trays behind the front seats can be used for food, drinks or even to stand a tablet on and allow the kids to watch their favourite movies.

I have encountered the 103kW/200Nm turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol engine in this car quite a bit lately in other models and every time it seems to impress with its breadth of ability. I managed a decent 7.6 litres/100km throughout my combined cycle, which is impressive for what is quite a large car.

As a family car, it has to be safe and appears to have that base covered with six airbags and ABS with EBD.There are a few creature comforts on the updated model too, which includea leather-bound multi-function steering wheel, cruise control, Bluetooth (telephony but no audio) and USB compatibility.

Overall it is very good car - I would choose it over its only natural rival the Kia Soul due to it practicality and family orientated nature.

The Opel Meriva 1.4T Enjoy retails for R253 800and comes with a 5-year/120 000km warranty and 5-year/90 000km service plan as standard.


Article written by Sean Nurse
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