2011 Vauxhall Meriva now has full diesel engine line up with the addition of two ultra-efficient power units. So the engine range of Meriva now features three petrol and four diesel power plants.

The first new engine is 1.3 CDTi with 95PS, which will power all Meriva ecoFLEX models. The power unit features a variable geometry turbocharger and is mated to a gearbox with taller ratios. The result is 62.8 mpg and only 119g/km of CO2.

The more sportier engine is 1.7CDTi with 130PS and 300Nm of torque available from 2000-2500rpm. The sprint from 0 to 100km/h is covered in 9.9 seconds and the top speed is 121mph.

Still, the bigger diesel returns 54.3 mpg and CO2 emission of just 138g/km. A variable geometry turbocharger has been fitted with position feedback sensor for more precise control of boost pressure. In addition, a new intake manifold reduces weight and an electrically controlled variable swirl system optimises combustion.

All 1.7 CDTi (130PS) Merivas have six speed manual gearboxes as standard and provide a more performance-focused alternative to the existing 1.7 CDTi (100PS), which is available as standard with a six-speed automatic transmission.

With its unique rear-hinged back doors (FlexDoors), FlexSpace seating and FlexRail storage systems the new Vauxhall Meriva has raised the bar in its class for accessibility, versatility and in-car stowage, while offering customers new levels of perceived quality and driveability in the compact MPV segment.

2011 Vauxhall Meriva diesel models start at £16 875 for the Meriva S 1.3 CDTi (75PS).

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