They’re just doors; they open in a way that has some inherent advantages but also inherent disadvantages. They’re less practical than sliding doors, for instance.
Certainly, they’re not enough to turn an average car into a good one or a good one into a great one. So the Meriva remains a ‘good’ all-round car, one that manages to be as practical as intended with a welcome extra dose of maturity and refinement (most of the time) over its predecessor.
But whereas the old Meriva offered conspicuous space and value for its supermini size, at its new premium-flavoured pricing the new car finds itself against rather more serious and capable opposition.
It’s attractive, cleverly designed, roomy and refined, and would make as practical a second car as most families are likely to need.