We bought this car in October 2007 to replace our trusty Peugeot 307. Our son Martin had recently bought his second Vauxhall Zafira and was pretty enthusiastic about his purchase. I tried polishing our Peugeot 307, and even gave the inside a good vacuuming - but to no avail, we really felt a strong urge to change. The Meriva is "little brother" to the Zafira and is really a very versatile car. We like the fact that you sit pretty high up in it which suits our ageing bones quite well.
Like the Peugeot, this car has a semi-automatic transmission. Unlike the Peugeot though this one has a five speed transmission and servo-driven clutch, all computer controlled. There is no clutch pedal and the gear selector gate is similar to the "tiptronic" unit in the Peugeot. It drives beautifully and returns a much better fuel economy too.
The following pictures show the dashboard layout, the gear lever, and a cutaway diagram of the gearbox showing the servo controls of gearshift and clutch.