MPVs are a great alternative to SUVs if ultimate practicality is your main priority. In addition, they’re generally more efficient and better suited to on-road driving. Read on to see our pick of the 10 best MPVs currently on sale.
You can use our car configurator to get a great deal on any of these cars when you buy using carwow. If you’re looking for something a little more compact, check out our list of the 10 best mini-MPVs, too.
1. Citroen Grand C4 Picasso
The Citroen Grand C4 Picasso has earned the top spot on our list thanks to its sheer breadth of talents. The latest model boasts a spacious interior with seating for seven and good levels of standard equipment including two LCD displays mounted in the dashboard. Competitive pricing means that, even in a hotly contested market, the Grand C4 Picasso is hard to ignore.
LED running lights and an optional panoramic glass windscreen contribute to this Citroen’s very handsome exterior. In addition, contrasting roof rails, a full-width chrome Citroen badged, split headlight pods and optional large alloy wheels give it head-turning style. It’s handy for parents, too, with three individual middle-row seats, each with an isofix mounting point to secure a child seat.
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2. Ford C-Max
The Ford C-Max is based on the same mechanical platform as the Ford Focus – this makes it good fun to drive but also means it’s a little more compact than some rivals. The three rearmost seats can be folded forwards or completely removed, however, giving you an impressive 1,684 litres of boot space.
If you’re looking to save money on running costs, the C-Max is available with an economical 1.5-litre diesel engine with 118hp capable of returning nearly 70mpg. It also performs very will with respect to occupant safety – an impact absorbing body shell and large array of airbags helped the C-Max score a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating when it was tested.
If this sounds like the car for you, our Ford C-Max car configurator can help you get one at a great price.
3. SEAT Alhambra
The SEAT Alhambra is a practical and good value MPV that can comfortably seat seven. It has a very large boot (up to 2,297 litres with the two rear seat rows folded) that can be accessed by sliding doors, making loading and unloading a breeze.
The SEAT badge carries less prestige than many rivals but the Alhambra is based on sturdy Volkswagen components. This means customers can choose from a selection of efficient and reliable VW-group engines in a car with a comparatively cheap price tag – the Alhambra is nearly £4,000 cheaper than the Sharan on which it’s based.
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4. Ford S-Max
The Ford S-Max could be considered one of the first sporty MPVs. It combines inspiration from the Focus ST with the practicality you’d expect from a seven-seater family car. The latest model is not only involving to drive but comfortable and refined on long motorway cruises. Three basic engines are offered, including two petrols and one diesel. You can also choose to have an automatic gearbox and even four-wheel drive.
The new S-Max comes with an improved interior that includes an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system mounted in the dashboard. Interior space is good but some critics have been left disappointed by a number of cheap plastic trim pieces.
If this spritely MPV sounds like your perfect car, use our Ford S-Max car configurator to get a great deal.
5. Volkswagen Touran
The new Volkswagen Touran is larger than the old model and now sports a large 743-litre boot and 47 individual cubby holes across the cabin. It benefits from updated styling and slightly more economical engines – customers can choose from two petrols and three diesels. The most highly recommended engine is the 2.0-litre diesel with either 148hp or 187hp depending on specification.
The Touran comes with many safety systems such as isofix child seat mounting points on all five of the rear seats. A blind-spot monitoring system and rear facing camera that allows drivers to check on the rear seats without twisting their head also feature among the equipment highlights.
If you’ve decided this car has earned a place on your driveway, use our Volkswagen Touran car configurator to get it for a great price.
6. Ford Grand Tourneo Connect
Ford’s Grand Tourneo Connect takes the humble Transit Connect platform and turns it into a hugely practical seven-seater MPV. It might look like a van but the Grand Tourneo Connect drives as well as a car and even features an interior designed to be a similar as possible to the rest of the Ford passenger car range.
Sliding rear doors make it easier to fold the rear seats down and load heavy or bulky items in. Passengers will enjoy the class leading headroom and legroom while the owner enjoys the fact the Grand Tourneo Connect undercuts most rivals while still being well equipped. The top-spec Titanium model comes with cruise control, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and climate control.
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7. Volkswagen Sharan
The Volkswagen Sharan shares many components with the SEAT Alhambra including the practical sliding doors and spacious seven-seat interior. Roof-mounted storage and a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system form part of the Sharan’s well-built cabin. Android and Apple smartphone connectivity is available as a £100 optional extra.
Entry-level models come with a 1.4-litre petrol engine but, if you want to reduce running costs as much as possible, the best choice is the 150hp 2.0-litre diesel unit. A six-speed manual gearbox is fitted as standard to all Sharans but customers can choose a slick-shifting six-speed DSG automatic .
You could save money on your new car if you buy a Volkswagen Sharan using our car configurator.
8. Vauxhall Zafira Tourer
The latest Vauxhall Zafira Tourer takes a tried and tested combination of a practical interior, handsome styling and a well engineered chassis to help move the brand into competition with up-market rivals including Volkswagen, Ford and Citroen.
Vauxhall offers a small 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine and two larger diesels. If you want to minimise running costs the 1.6-litre diesel is your best bet but, if you regularly carry many passengers or heavy luggage, the more powerful 2.0-litre will probably be more suitable.
Find out how much money you could save on your new car with our Vauxhall Zafira Tourer car configurator.
9. Ford B-Max
The Ford B-Max is the smallest MPV in the brand’s lineup and comes with a radical body design that does away with B-pillars (the metal post between the front and rear doors). This feature, combined with sliding rear doors, makes it easy to hop into the back seats or load ungainly luggage into and out of the car from the side.
Ford has ensured the safety of this MPV isn’t compromised thanks to heavy-duty locking mechanisms at the top and bottom of each door to help protect occupants in the event of a collision. Automatic braking systems and a five star Euro NCAP safety rating should help put the buyers’ minds at ease.
Our Ford B-Max car configurator is here to help you save as much money as possible on you next new car.
10. Renault Grand Scenic
The Renault Grand Scenic is a seven-seater that promises to combine practicality with good value for money. The interior has been carefully designed with families in mind, seats can be easily and quickly removed and there’s plenty of storage in useful and easily accessible places. The quality of materials isn’t class leading but the cabin is well built and offers a van-like 2,063 litres of luggage space if you remove all the rear seats.
Critics have also praised the ride quality of the Grand Scenic – it’s able to smooth out large bumps yet remain composed and reasonably responsive in the corners. It doesn’t quite have the sporty credentials of other cars on our list but, for a large MPV, the Renault copes very well indeed.
If this is the car for you, our Renault Grand Scenic car configurator could help you get a great deal on your new MPV.