Looking to choose from a range of great MPV cars? Here, our experts bring together a selection of the best MPVs and People Carriers on the market. Whether you’re looking for a large MPV or a small MPV or have a question about which MPV is right for you, you’ll find the answer here.
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If practicality and space are your main priorities for a new car, you can’t go wrong with an MPV. They have plenty of room for growing families while also offering impressive flexibility, comfort and – in some cases – surprisingly enjoyable driving characteristics.
The Volkswagen Touran is one of the best MPV cars on the market. Cabin space is very generous and the interior is brilliantly flexible. The rearmost pair of seats is best suited for children, but when they’re not needed, they can be folded away to create a five-seat MPV with a big boot.
This is an immensely practical MPV with attention-grabbing looks. It has a really neat feature where the seats can be folded down with the touch of a button on the infotainment screen. Renault has also stuffed the cabin with an additional 63 litres of storage space.
The Volkswagen Sharan is exactly what you want from a big, family-accommodating MPV. It's a seven-seater that can actually take seven adults, while the boot is big enough for your weekly shop, even with every seat up.
The Ford S-Max is one of the better-looking MPVs out there, and its sharp exterior is complemented by a fun, grippy drive. It's comfortable, too, with improved materials over the old car and enough cabin space for four tall passengers.
The SEAT Alhambra is built on the same backbone as the VW Sharan and, as such, inherits many of that car's pros. These include a spacious cabin capable of accommodating seven adults, as well as a grocery shop-friendly boot.
The Peugeot Rifter is a cheap-to-run MPV, with a claimed fuel economy of up to 51mpg. It's practical too, getting side rear doors that slide, making thin parking spaces that little bit less of a hassle. On top of that, it also has a spacious cabin.
Practicality is the name of the game for the Vauxhall Combo Life. It has massive amounts of interior space, so much so that it can accommodate up to three child seats with no worries. Like the Rifter above, it also has sliding doors to make getting people in and out in tight spaces more trouble-free.
The Ford Galaxy is the biggest and most practical MPV in the brand's line-up. Unlike most of the alternatives, it has seven full-sized seats, all of which are comfy and supportive. It's got a lot of safety kit, too.
The Citroen Berlingo is a well-priced MPV whose cost undercuts that of many alternatives. It doesn't cut corners to save you that money, either, providing the same huge cabin, practical boot and sliding rear doors you'd expect.
The Citroen C4 SpaceTourer has a great interior while the large windows give the cabin an airy and spacious feel. The three seats in the back easily take adults and have a wide range of adjustability. To cap it all, the C4 SpaceTourer has one of the biggest boots for an MPV.
Small MPVs offer most of the flexibility of their larger counterparts, but in a package that’s generally more manageable for city drivers. Low running costs, lots of practicality and a comfortable, refined driving experience are all aspects you can expect of a good small MPV.
The Citroen C4 SpaceTourer is a small MPV that has stylish looks and comes with a generous amount of standard features. The C4 SpaceTourer is also very comfortable to drive - which is just what you want in a family car.
The Renault Scenic’s looks mark it out as one of the most striking small MPVs, proving that MPVs don’t need to look dull and boxy. However, it’s practical, too, as this is an MPV with a big boot and lots of storage space around the cabin.
The Vauxhall Combo Life is immensely practical, has loads of room and looks good value. Our experts’ favourite version is the five-seat, standard-wheelbase version. The sliding rear doors are particularly useful and you can fit three child seats side by side.
The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is a small MPV that has (just about) room for five people and a high-quality interior. It’s good to drive, too, but that premium feel doesn’t come cheap.
Large MPVs are popular with families thanks to the versatility afforded by an extra row of seats. The kids will be happy there’s room for their friends, but we’ve made sure the large MPVs on this list will fit adults in the back just as easily.
The nine-seat Toyota Proace Verso is perfect if your family members outnumber the seven seats offered by most other MPVs. There’s no shortage of passenger space inside if you remove all the seats (in the longest model) and you have a bewildering 4,900-litre capacity at your disposal.
The Citroen SpaceTourer is the perfect MPV if you have been blessed by the gods of fertility, work as a taxi driver or a need to carry more luggage than the average driver. You can choose from three models and have the option to specify between five and nine seats.
The Peugeot Traveller is a van-based MPV that is a godsend for large families. It can seat up to nine people (in XL form), but has running costs comparable to a regular car. It’s very similar to the Toyota and Citroen (above).
The VW Sharan is a practical seven-seat family car with loads of space in the back. The interior does everything you need in a family car, while the materials are robust and a few soft-touch plastics and glossy trims in the front make it feel a little more upmarket than other seven-seat MPVs
The Mercedes V-Class MPV comes as standard with a six-seat arrangement, with two pairs of seats facing each other in the back and a table in the middle – rather like a mini boardroom. You can, though, specify up to eight seats if you go for the long wheelbase model.
MPV stands for Multi-Purpose Vehicle, which is not particularly helpful because loads of cars have multiple purposes or at least can do many things. Essentially, an MPV is ideal for carrying people – that’s why they are sometimes called people carriers – and so are popular with growing families and cab drivers.
They tend to have a tall, boxy, upright shape, with lots of space and either five or seven seats. Those seven-seat MPVs usually have a middle row of three seats and then a further two seats in a third row. Seats in the third row usually fold into the boot floor, giving you the flexibility of being able to carry lots of luggage or lots of people.
Obviously, the best ones have loads of storage space all around the interior.