Just because you need an MPV doesn’t necessarily mean you don’t like driving. You might need space for the family but you might still want something that can put a smile on your face when you put your foot down.
We’ve listed some of the fastest MPVs you can buy. Don’t forget, you can put any of these cars in our car configurator to discover how much carwow could help you save. Need the space but not necessarily as much pace? Read our list of the best seven-seat MPVs.
Mercedes B 220 CDI
The Mercedes B-Class might not be an obvious choice for those seeking a performance MPV but the B 220 CDI version offers a surprising amount of power for this style of car. This 177hp 2.1-litre diesel engine accelerates the B-Class to 62mph from rest in 8.3 seconds and on to 139mph.
It’s built to Mercedes usual standards of quality and, thanks to the MPV-style body, there’s more headroom than the equivalent A-Class hatchback. Equally, passengers in the back have loads of space to stretch out in.
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BMW 2 Series Active Tourer
BMW prides itself on producing the ‘ultimate driving machines’, and this know-how even extends to the brand’s new 2 Series Active Tourer MPV. It gets either a 1.5-litre petrol or a 2.0-litre diesel engine and the vast majority will go for the latter. It’s the same unit found in the Mini Cooper SD, and produces 187hp and 295 lb ft of torque in the 220d xDrive M Sport variant.
It’ll propel you along to a very respectable 139mph in this configuration, which is more than enough for a vehicle of this type. Best of all, it’ll get from 0-60mph in just 7.1 seconds, which is pretty good for an MPV.
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The Ford S-Max is a true MPV as far as practicality and versatility are concerned, but it will happily put a smile on a driver’s face in the right guise. Slower versions take more than 13 seconds to get from 0-62mph, but the 236hp, 2.0-litre EcoBoost model can get you there in a very respectable 8.4 seconds.
It will hit 140mph, but fuel economy inevitably suffers for all that performance with a average rating of just 35.8mpg. You can only guess how low that will be in reality, especially if you drive it hard to have some fun.
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SEAT Alhambra 2.0 TDI 184
Go for the 2.0 TDI 184 version of the SEAT Alhambra and you’ll be able to enjoy a top speed of 135mph and acceleration from 0-60mph in a very respectable 8.9 seconds. This 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit with its six-speed automatic isn’t going to break any land-speed records, but it has plenty of torque for smooth progress.
This front-wheel drive SEAT develops around 182bhp, and returns an average fuel economy of 53mpg. It’s not the standout model here in any particular area, but it’s another good all-rounder that can be faster than a lot of people might think.
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Vauxhall Zafira Tourer
Along the same lines as the S-MAX, the Vauxhall Zafira Tourer can offer a reasonable turn of speed if you choose the right engine. The fastest unit is the 2.0CDTi 167hp engine with a six-speed manual gearbox. It’s considerably less powerful than the 2.0-litre Ford EcoBoost, but the Zafira Tourer isn’t far behind in acceleration with 0-60mph completed in a very creditable 9.1 seconds and a top speed of 129mph.
The Vauxhall is better on fuel than the Ford, with an average figure of 54.3mpg. It’s obviously not the fastest in our list, but it strikes a good balance of performance, economy, space and value for money.
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