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Vauxhall Meriva

There’s no mistaking the Vauxhall Meriva. Its stand-out feature, one that is very convenient for families with small children, is its innovative door design. The rear doors are hinged at the back, a configuration that creates a wider opening to easily fit baby car seats into the car and giving parents better access to the back seats.

There’s much more to Meriva than just its USP though – it’s a compact family car that’s not only incredibly practical but also enjoyable to drive. The interior is spacious with plenty of room for passengers as well as luggage and there’s plenty of storage bins and cubbies available to store your bits and bobs.

In the cabin, the high seating position provides excellent visibility to ensure a safer drive. The legroom is good and the seats themselves are very comfortable and have a conveniently flexible arrangement. In fact, the space in the rear is one of the major benefits of the car – the rear seats can be slid forward or folded down individually to extend the already large boot space, the two outer seats can be moved inwards and the centre seat folded over to create even more space.

What’s more, the Meriva is easy to drive with responsive light steering and enough grip to take corners well. As you’d expect from Vauxhall, the car is good on fuel economy and emissions, making it an efficient choice for an MPV. Also, it has a good reputation for dependability and safety, with front and side airbags, and electronic aids to prevent skidding in corners.

The upmarket interior and neat centre console gives the inside of the car a luxurious feel, whilst also remaining spacious and practical. For a compact family car featuring innovative design, plenty of space, affordable running costs and a good drive – you can’t go wrong with a Vauxhall Meriva.