Opel Meriva B: used car test –

This family friend comes with an unusual door trick

The second generation of the Opel Meriva is now easily available for less than 10,000 euros. What do you get for it?

C.Levere family cars don’t have to be expensive. Opel succeeded in proving this with the second generation of Meriva from 2010 onwards. With a length of just 4.30 meters, the Rüsselsheim-based company created a compact van with an individual look. The technology was down to earth and (almost) free of experiments, it was largely supplied by Astra and Zafira. But how fit is the model with the peculiar kink in the sideline after almost eight years?

€ 7,980

Opel Meriva 1.4 B Innovation Turbo 2 zones, petrol

116,685 km
88 kW (120 PS)

Petrol, 5.9 l / 100km (comb.) CO2 140 g / km *

€ 8,875

Opel Meriva 1.4 Edition, petrol

118,950 km
88 kW (120 PS)

Petrol, 5.9 l / 100km (comb.) CO2 139 g / km *

€ 8,987

Opel Meriva 1.6 B Edition, diesel

141,220 km
100 kW (136 hp)

Diesel, 4.4 l / 100km (comb.) CO2 116 g / km *

€ 8,988

Opel Meriva 1.4 B Turbo Edition, petrol

103,000 km
103 kW (140 PS)

Petrol, 6.3 l / 100km (comb.) CO2 149 g / km *

€ 8,990

Opel Meriva 1.4 B Active Turbo, petrol

81,870 km
88 kW (120 PS)

Petrol, 6.1 l / 100km (comb.) CO2 143 g / km *

€ 9,890

Opel Meriva 1.4 B Innovation Turbo multifunction steering wheel, petrol

56,610 km
103 kW (140 PS)

Petrol, 6.3 l / 100km (comb.) CO2 149 g / km *

€ 9,950

Opel Meriva 1.4 Style, petrol

69,270 km
88 kW (120 PS)

Petrol, 5.9 l / 100km (comb.) CO2 140 g / km *

47877 Willich, Autohaus Louis Dresen GmbH Willich

27442 Gnarrenburg, Herbert Müller GmbH

86911 Dießen am Ammersee, Autohaus Schürer GmbH & Co. KG

33014 Bad Driburg, B.Humborg Kraftfahrzeuge GmbH & Co.KG

59348 Lüdinghausen, Rüschkamp Lüdinghausen

18439 Stralsund, AUTOZENTRUM EGGERT GmbH

51429 Bergisch Gladbach, Gebr. Gieraths GmbH

The Opel Meriva has many smart details to offer

Opel Meriva B 1.4 innovation

Cockpit with aluminum accents. The navigation is outdated and there are too many buttons.

© Olaf Tamm / AUTO BILD

Our test vehicle from the Franz Pohl dealership in Hamburg was first registered in November 2013. It drives up with a completely sufficient 120-horsepower turbo gasoline engine in fine innovation thread. According to Schwacke, a hefty 24,750 euros were due for exactly this configuration. But the equipment leaves little to be desired, even from today’s perspective: aluminum rims, multifunction steering wheel, heated seats, sat nav and air conditioning are on board. In general, the Meriva B In addition to an elevated seating position, there is comfortably space for four people and numerous smart details: The good ideas on board range from a longitudinally movable center armrest with various storage areas to a variably designed rear bench with a sliding and folding mechanism and a horizontally divided trunk compartment.

Technical specifications
engine Four-cylinder / front cross
Valves / camshafts 4 per cylinder / 2
Displacement 1364 cc
power 88 kW (120 PS) at 4800 rpm
Torque 175 Nm at 1750-4800 rpm
Maximum speed 188 km / h
0-100 km / h 11.5 s
Tank / fuel 54 l / super
Gearbox / drive Five-speed manual / front wheel
Length Width Height 4288/1812/1615 mm
Trunk volume 400-1500 l
Empty weight / payload 1393/522 kg

The unusual doors offer no additional use

Opel Meriva B 1.4 innovation

Exotic insight: its rear door concept makes the Meriva B exciting. Portal doors and huge opening angles are otherwise known from Rolls-Royce.

© Olaf Tamm / AUTO BILD

The rear-hinged rear doors are an eye-catcher: Opel called them FlexDoors back then. Except for an unusual appearance, however, they hardly offer any additional benefits. On the contrary: the enormous 84 degree opening angle quickly creates unwanted paint smacks on the door edges in everyday life. Despite the sometimes simple plastics, the other long-term quality knows how to please. The softly tuned chassis does not rumble, nor does the interior crackle excessively. With the exception of peeling soft paint on some buttons and infotainment that is out of date, the interior still looks fresh today. In 2014 the Meriva a subtle facelift with a revised front and refreshed engines. In 2017, production started in Zaragoza, Spains. In the AUTO BILD long-term test it was shown Meriva 2014 not only clever, but also solid: In the end it was enough for a 2–.

Conclusion: The charm of the second Meriva has not faded even after eleven years. Used it is not a bargain, but still interesting. Its maintenance costs are moderate and the concept is ideal for smaller families.

Cost: Opel Meriva B 1.4 Ecoflex
Test consumption 6.7 l S / 100 km
CO2 139 g / km
inspection 250-500 euros
Liability (18) * 563 euros
Partially comprehensive (16) * 602 euros
Fully comprehensive (18) * 947 euros
Vehicle tax (Euro 5) 86 euros
Spare part prices **
Alternator (AT) 492 euros
Starter 614 euros
water pump 353 euros
Timing belt not applicable, timing chain
Rear silencer 392 euros
Front left fender, painted 729 euros
Brake discs and pads 696 euros
* Online tariff of the HUK24 insurance: registration in Hamburg, drivers only policyholders and partners (25 years old), annual mileage 15,000 km, no-claims class 1; ** Prices including wages and 19 percent sales tax

* Further information on the official fuel consumption and the official specific CO2 emissions and, if applicable, the power consumption of new cars can be found in the “Guide to Official Fuel Consumption”, which is available free of charge at all sales outlets and from “Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH” (www

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