Vauxhall Meriva (2010 - )
Last updated 5 November 2013
A 120PS 1.4i petrol turbo with 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission was added to the range, from £19,000.
Controversially (and to get people talking about the car), GM Europe has gone for rear-hinged rear doors. What used to be called ‘suicide doors’, but they are also fitted to the Rolls Royce Phantom and I haven’t heard of any DIY deaths as a result.
(Actually the doors have various locking systems that make death by door impossible to achieve.)
They aren’t just a gimmick. Both they and the front doors open extra wide (with four separate click-stops) and facilitate very easy entry and egress.