MPVs might play second-fiddle to SUVs for some families but, for those who like to step into their car rather than climb in, MPVs are still the best bet. If you’re looking for something to carry passengers and luggage in comfort, you can’t go wrong with one of the choices on this list.
Citroen Grand C4 Picasso
Citroen’s Grand C4 Picasso has won many awards for being one of the best MPVs around. It has a winning package of stylish looks, bags of interior space and clever technology makes it a big hit for plenty of families. Prices are also competitive when compared to rivals.
For many, the Citroen’s looks will be what draws them in – while undeniably an MPV in shape and size, stylish detailing like LED running lights and an unusual roofline makes the Grand C4 Picasso one of the most distinctive cars in the class. The interior is equally as futuristic, with two large LCD screens and enough room for seven plus a couple of shopping bags.
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Ford’s C-Max is a great all-rounder that’s affordable to run and to buy. It’s also quite fun to drive thanks to being based on the same platform as the Ford Focus. Compared to some larger models, the relatively compact body means it’s not the most practical vehicle in the class, but the three rear seats are individually removable and there are handy touches like folding trays on the back of the front seats.
A comprehensive engine range means there’s plenty of choice when it comes to buying a C-Max, and almost all of them are very easy on the wallet, with the most economical diesel nearing 70mpg.
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The Galaxy is champion of taxi fleets across the UK and for good reason – Ford’s largest MPV is incredibly practical and has plenty of room for seven plus a decent amount of luggage. A tall and long body means very few vehicles can match the Galaxy’s interior space and, despite its size, it’s reasonably sporting to drive too.
As the Galaxy has grown larger and more packed with technology, prices have risen, too. It’s considerably cheaper than buying a seven-seat SUV from premium manufacturers, but residuals aren’t as good as rivals such as the Volkswagen Sharan.
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If the Galaxy is the practical sibling in Ford’s MPV family, then the S-Max is definitely the sporty cousin. Originally launched in 2006, the S-Max was one of the first MPVs in modern years that proved to be truly desirable – it had sporty looks inspired by the Ford Focus ST hot hatch, handled excellently and also had room inside for seven. It’s recently been updated so the second-generation model shares the strengths of its predecessor and brings with it an improved interior.
Such a talented beast isn’t cheap though, and prices are noticeably higher than direct rivals such as the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso and are only a little behind the larger Galaxy. Still, for those after a fun-to-drive MPV, little else beats the S-Max.
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Honda would much rather you consider the Jazz a regular supermini but, with its stubby nose, high roof and amazing practicality, it does battle with rivals that claim to be true MPVs. The latest Jazz is a more distinctive car than its predecessor and shares many styling details with the new HR-V crossover. Inside, practicality has been enhanced with over 350 litres of boot space and the continued presence of those flip-up ‘magic’ rear seats that allow for tall loads to be carried.
Prices for the Jazz are a little more than some conventional superminis but, considering you get the interior space of a much larger car, it seems quite reasonable. Reliability should be stellar and, although the new 1.3-litre petrol engine isn’t at all fast, it should prove to be economical.
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The Nissan Note is probably one of the closest rivals for the Jazz although, unlike the Honda, it’s actually marketed as a mini-MPV. At around four-metres in length, the Note is a small car, but packs enough interior space for five people and has a boot that measures 411 litres if the rear seats are slid forward.
Equipment levels are good too and top-level trims get equipment more commonly found in more expensive cars including an all-round parking camera and a blind-spot warning system. Prices aren’t too expensive either and, although it isn’t built for motorway cruising, the engines are powerful enough and very economical.
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SEAT’s Alhambra is effectively a re-badged version of the Volkswagen Sharan. Spacious, classy and well equipped, the Spaniard is a great value contender in the class. Unlike some rivals, the Alhambra has sliding rear doors that make it easier for passengers to get in and out in tight parking spaces. Inside, the seven seats can all seat adults, and there’s a reasonable amount of space behind the third row too.
Thanks to its less-premium badge, the SEAT is noticeably cheaper than its Sharan sibling despite being only marginally different. Styling isn’t exciting on either vehicle, but the engine range is the same and all are reasonably economical and powerful.
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Vauxhall Zafira Tourer
The original Vauxhall Zafira was the first mid-sized MPV that really set the trend for offering seven-seats. It was a massive hit for the Luton-based manufacturer and set the pace in the MPV market for several years. Fast forward to now and today’s Zafira Tourer hasn’t deviated from that recipe – it’s practical, well built and has tried to move further upmarket to challenge vehicles such as the Ford S-Max and Citroen Grand C4 Picasso.
There’s talk of the next generation Zafira becoming more of a crossover and, although that may be where customers are drawn to at the moment, the current Zafira Tourer is still a worthy contender for those after a practical and handsome MPV.
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The Volvo XC90 is definitely more of an SUV than an MPV, but the Swedish manufacturer could show many rivals a thing-or-two when it comes to designing family-friendly vehicles. The XC90 has ample room for seven, an advanced infotainment system and a sumptuously well trimmed interior. The new four-cylinder engines should also be economical and give impressive performance.
Of course what lets down the Volvo here is price – even the cheapest XC90 costs nearly twice as much as most other vehicles on this list. Buyers with larger families don’t necessarily want a traditional MPV, however, and if they can afford it then there are few better choices than this.
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BMW 2 Series Active Tourer
The 2 Series Active Tourer is a controversial car for BMW – not only was it the company’s first MPV, it was also its first production front-wheel drive model. Despite not getting the brand’s typical rear-wheel drive setup, the 2 Series Active Tourer is a great family car – being more practical, refined and better to drive than many rivals.
Inside, you’ll find as much space as Ford’s C-Max, but with an interior that’s more akin to the brand’s executive models than other MPVs. Like its other models, however, the base price is high and options push this up even more. There’s also a more practical seven-seat variant called the Gran Tourer but, with a higher price and more awkward looks, the smaller model is a better bet.
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