Vauxhall Meriva

14 Apr, 2010 4:50pm Mat Watson

What are the scores on the doors for Vauxhall's latest people mover?

The one thing that will set Vauxhall’s new Meriva apart from all its rivals when it goes on sale later this month is its distinctive doors.

The FlexDoor set-up is unique in this sector of the market – in fact, the only other cars on sale to feature anything similar are Rolls-Royce’s Phantom and the London black cab. It’s a demonstration of how Vauxhall has striven to offer great real-world practicality – a mission we think it has successfully accomplished.

Still, you can’t ignore the neat exterior styling.Some people in the office think it is smart. But others like me reckon it is rather unadventurous compared to rivals such as the Citroen C3 and C4 Picassos But the doors are the big talking point. At the back they are hinged at the rear, and while that means a narrow opening, the more logical layout makes for easier access.

It’s the kind of flexible design buyers demand, and we think it works. It makes getting in and out of the cabin simple, and will appeal to buyers with young families.


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