Some info for Paul (Leeds vectra)....
Yvonne and I went for a road test today in the VXR Meriva and as she owns the Ďstandardí version we can compare it to that.
Well needless to say it goes rather well but not as well as I expected, pick-up is very quick and you really need to watch your speed as 80 comes up sooner than you think. The engine revs quite high too although we didnít really push it to the limit. Iíd rather leave that to the likes of Clarkson.
But as I also road-tested an Astra 2.0 turbo I was a little disappointed in the performance of the VXR Meriva. Then again maybe Iím being a little unfair to compare the astra to it.
The gear-box was very smooth and the addition of a 6th gear should help the mpg?
The Meriva handling is very good and the car corners well, although I donít think you really buy this type of vehicle to throw around the bends considering the high sides the turn in is pretty good.
The exterior looks the part although I think a rear lower skirt to finish off the rear would look better.
As for the interior I thought that was a little disappointing, the seats had half leather (I assume you can get full?) the dash looks the same as the standard apart from a small strip of what looked like carbon fibre and the addition of the vxr dials (personally I prefer the dials in the Sri Astras) and a different head on the gear stick.
I thought they might have added the metal pedals as on the rest of the VXR range but no, they are just the plain rubber type.
And still no lidded storage box / arm rest between the two front seats.
On the up sideÖ
The seats are very comfy and grip you really well, much better than the ones in the standard Meriva.
Well thatís it the Meriva is a good car and I do enjoy running about in Yvonnes little bus but to me it just doesnít seem to fit the VXR brand very well and I wonder if it would be better just to make an Sri version as they do the Zaffy.
A few pictures of the one I test droveÖ