Vauxhall Meriva tops reliability survey

German engineering is often held up as a shining example if excellence, but the Vauxhall Meriva has come out on top of a reliability survey held by a German breakdown service.

ADAC (German Automobile Club) found the Vauxhall Meriva compact MPV has ‘substantially fewer breakdowns than average’ in the country and topped the table for small people carriers.

Based on the past six years, the Vauxhall Meriva came out on top overall in the survey, an even more impressive achievement because it applies to the previous generation Meriva model.

A new Vauxhall Meriva went on sale last year complete with rear-opening doors and a FlexSpace seating system to improve practicality.

Overall 112,000 of the previous generation model were sold in the UK between 2003 and 2010, and early indications show the current generation model will repeat the success.

Available in Expression, S, SE and Exclusiv trim levels, the new Vauxhall Meriva starts from £12,995 and comes with Vauxhall’s ‘lifetime warranty’, which covers 100,000 miles and can be passed on to a second owner if the car is sold.

However, it wasn’t the only Vauxhall car to impress during the survey. The Vauxhall Corsa received a top ADAC rating for reliability after previously being honoured by German automotive agency DEKRA for being the most reliable car in the country.

The British-built Vauxhall Astra was also given top scores in 2009 and 2010, while the Zafira MPV has similar success on the past two years.

The four awards highlight the strides Vauxhall has made in recent years in terms of reliability, and Vauxhall says it is an ‘important result for family car buyers’.

Last year Warranty Direct revealed the Vauxhall Astra was the most reliable fleet car on the road, while the Vauxhall Corsa and the Insignia’s predecessor, the Vauxhall Vectra, both finished in the top ten most reliable models.