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Vauxhall Meriva (10-17) - rated 3.5 out of 5

The Vauxhall Meriva is small people carrier that is focused on families with some very useful practical touches. These include rear doors that hinge backwards, which makes access to the back seats much easier and fitting a child’s seat is a lot less hassle.

This also means it is very easy for children and elderly people to get in and out of the car.

The Meriva is well suited to life in towns and cities thanks to its light steering, great visibility and is easy to park too.

There is a choice of engines for prospective buyers including frugal petrols and diesels. Buyers can expect up to a claimed 46mpg for the petrol and over 64mpg for the diesel.