Cars with sliding doors are a bit of a rarity, but they’re worth considering if you often have to fit and remove child seats, carry awkward loads or park in tight spaces. Not all cars with these handy doors are equal, however – so here’s our list of the top 10 cars with sliding doors on sale.
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1. SEAT Alhambra
The SEAT Alhambra is a spacious and well-built MPV with the added selling point of sliding doors and seven seats. The rear doors can be electronically operated as an option and they make it really easy to get into the second and third rows of seats.
They integrate well into the chunky exterior of the Alhambra and differentiate the car from its direct rivals. There’s a huge, well-equipped cabin and a decent driving experience. Add in seven seats and a healthy range of economical engines and you have a deeply impressive family car.
2. Ford Grand C-Max
The Grand C-Max’s flexible sliding doors set itself apart from the larger Ford MPVs, the S-Max and Galaxy. The feature transforms the car into a hugely practical family vehicle, with easy access to the rearmost two rows of seats.
Based on the Focus, the Grand C-Max retains the hatchback’s handling flair while featuring a high-quality, comfortable cabin – despite its more compact dimensions – and sharp looks. It also comes with a good range of economical engines.
3. VW Sharan
Because the Volkswagen Sharan and SEAT Alhambra were jointly developed, it’s no surprise the two practical MPVs share many of the same components – including the well-equipped interior and impressive cabin space.
The Sharan also comes with practical sliding doors, eliminating the chance of rear doors being hastily opened onto the parked cars either side of you by eager children. The VW version of the seven-seater adds a few more plush touches, but the more desirable badge does come with a higher price tag.
4. Ford B-Max
The B-Max is one of the best mini-MPVs around and one of the smallest cars you can get with sliding doors. Based on the popular Fiesta, the B-Max is a surprisingly entertaining car to drive and comes with a good choice of engines too.
The sliding doors and absence of a B pillar between the front and rear doors make it an immensely practical car. It’s easy to get in and out of and easy to fit a child a seat in. This spacious five-seater is a great option for growing families.
5. Mercedes V-Class
The V-Class is a premium MPV with room for six. It seeks to distance itself from the Vito van through plush interior features, an intimidating chrome grille and smartly designed headlights at the front. But it still can’t hide its boxy origins.
Nevertheless the V-Class makes the most of its tall body and van-like shape, offering a huge amount of interior space – which you can easily get to through the big sliding doors. It will comfortably seat six with its flexible layout and there’s the added option of going for the longer wheelbase eight-seater model.
6. Ford Grand Tourneo Connect
The Grand Tourneo Connect is a cheaper alternative to the more compact, elegantly proportioned MPVs on the market but it provides plenty of space, with the added extra of useful sliding doors to access the second and third rows of seats.
The roomy, well put together and practical interior will feel familiar for Focus drivers and it handles surprisingly well for a car based on the Ford Transit van. The main draw to the Grand Tourneo Connect, though, is its vast amount of space, comfortably seating seven.
7. Peugeot Partner Tepee
The Partner Tepee is Peugeot’s rival to the Grand Tourneo Connect and puts up a good fight against the Ford. It’s a bit of an oddball in the looks department, with a more rugged and chunky exterior in an attempt to hide its van-based roots.
The compact MPV can’t match the Ford in the interior quality stakes, but there’s a good amount of equipment and the option of seven seats. Sliding doors make accessing the rearmost seats an absolute doddle and the Partner Tepee represents great value for money.
8. Hyundai i800
The Hyundai i800 is built for space and practicality. It delivers both of those things with relative ease, seating up to eight people in the vast expanse of space otherwise known as the i800’s cabin.
It may not match rivals like the V-Class in the interior quality stakes, but the i800 is great value for money, well equipped and has a smooth ride, flexible sliding rear doors for easy access and encouraging performance to boot.
9. Citroen Berlingo Multispace
Jointly developed with the Peugeot Partner Tepee, the cars feature a range of similarities, but the Berlingo Multispace has a more elegant exterior design. The practical sliding doors are retained on the Citroen and are one of the car’s best features.
They open up onto a generous, well-built cabin with plenty of space for five, or seven if you go for the option. Its cheap base price is means it gets less standard equipment but the car has low running costs, feels good to drive and comes with plenty of storage space.
10. Fiat Doblo
The Fiat Doblo is a strange-looking MPV, and although it won’t win any beauty contests it has useful sliding doors, a huge boot and a spacious cabin with loads of room for five or seven people – depending on whether you go for the extra seats as an option.
The van-based car is better to drive than you might expect and won’t cost much to run, but standard equipment is a little sparse and the top trim levels are on the pricey side. It still remains a capable MPV and a good alternative to the Berlingo Multispace or Partner Tepee.
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