“The Opel Meriva is in its second generation here in SA, with the all-new model hoping to be a whole lot more successful than the previous Meriva. It’s the definition of an MPV that has been hugely successful in the UK and the father of FlexSpace seating. Basically FlexSpace was the first seating to fold flat into the floor allowing revolutionary levels of versatility and space for a vehicle of its size.
The new Meriva changes shape from a rather boxy lifeless shell to align to the new family look all over, with some swooping lines, and interesting curves along the side. This thanks to the clamshell door set up, but more on this later. The Meriva isn’t bad looking at all, and I found the red paint did a bit of justice by spicing things up a little. The Meriva comes in one engine spec (1.4Turbo) delivering 103kW and 200NM. I would however like to see a diesel motor in the future. Two trim levels, Enjoy is the basic trim and (urg) Cosmo fulfilling more spec. Not exactly doing much for the potential male buyers here.” Read the full review by John Beale.