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The Vauxhall Meriva’s rear hinged doors make it ideal for motorists with young children. ing camera as an optional extra. And fair play to Vauxhall for giving mass market buyers access to top marque technology.
Far from being a gimmick, hav- ing doors which swing open like a wardrobe makes a lot of sense. It’s a reasonable assumption that the majority of people who buy the Meriva will be placing smaller people in the back seats. Smaller people who struggle about and often don’t want to sit in the back of a car and who want to see just how much struggling it will take to make you lose your rag. So not having the doors flapping about in your way makes life that bit easier for mums and dads.
It’s also a revelation when you exit the vehicle – you push the door open and your way is clear and unobstructed. It all makes a lot of sense.
So what else has the Meriva got to tempt you to part with your hardearned cash? For starters it’s bigger and wider, and the blandness has been swept aside in favour of a new, athletic look.
Headlights which sweep over halfway to the A-pillar make it sleeker, along with scooped-out side panels, which get rid of the blobby, slab-sided appearance of the previous model.
The big chrome grille gives the Meriva the appearance of a big cheesy grin. On the way to the back end the rear windows are two inches lower, allowing those small passengers a better view of the world. And at the tail end there’s something of the sporty hatch about the shape of the lights, and the plunging glass screen – definitely an improvement on the previous model’s afterthought. Planted on sporty five-spoke alloys, it’s a lot more agile-looking than most mini-MPVs, almost eliminating the box-on-