Most reliable new and used MPVsThe best MPVs in 2011 - rated by you

22 February 2012

Skoda Roomster performs well new and used

An amazing 52,563 people filled in the Which? Car Survey last year. Using their responses, we've ranked the most reliable MPVs - both new and second-hand.

MPVs are the ideal family cars: practical, flexible and spacious. They might not be the coolest rides on the road, but in terms of transporting people and luggage around, they can't be bettered.

There are three main sizes of MPV - small, medium and large - each with their own attractions. But exactly how reliable are they?

Read on to find out the top five most reliable new and used MPVs, according to the 2011 Which? Car Survey. For the purposes of our data, 'new' cars are defined as being three years old or younger, and used cars are between four and eight years old.

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Most reliable new MPVs

Volkswagen Golf Plus

1. Volkswagen Golf Plus (2005-

Reliability score: 92%

Not only is VW's Golf Plus highly rated by our testers, it's also the most reliable according to our survey of owners, scoring a very impressive 92% in the 2011 Which? Car Survey. The Plus badge signifies extra space and flexibility compared with the regular VW Golf hatchback on which this MPV is based.

Renault Scénic

2. Renault Scénic (2009-)

Reliability score: 90%

Renault and reliability have not always been happy bedfellows, but the results for the latest Scénic prove that the French manufacturer may well be turning things around with its medium-sized MPV. The Scénic is offered in two forms: as a five-seat model and, with a long wheelbase and seven seats, as the Grand Scénic. 

Skoda Roomster

3. Skoda Roomster (2006-)

Reliability score: 89%

Quirkily styled it may be, but under the distinctive skin of the Skoda Roomster lies a compact MPV with great dependability. It's a great result for a car that's one of the cheapest MPVs you can buy. Be careful which version you buy, though, as stability control is not standard across the range - a significant safety omission.

Citroen C3 Picasso

4. Citroën C3 Picasso (2006-)

Reliability score: 88%

Here's another French car that's bucking recent trends: while Citroën's overall brand reliability is very poor, the C3 Picasso seems to be behaving itself. It's good value and very practical for such a compact MPV, although Citroën doesn't fit stability control as standard across the range, and it only scored four Euro NCAP crash test stars. 

Peugeot 3008

5. Peugeot 3008 (2009-)

Reliability score: 87%

The impression that the Peugeot 3008 is well made seems to be borne out by owners' experiences. This functional five-seat MPV has plenty to recommend it, and its range of engines is economical, especially the new Hybrid4 diesel-electric version, whose CO2 emissions are a mere 99g/km - impressive for a big car. 

Most reliable used MPVs

Hyundai Matrix

1. Hyundai Matrix (2001-2010)

Reliability score: 82%

Hyundai's predecessor to the ix20 certainly looks distinctive - it was actually designed in Europe by Pininfarina. Its reliability record is distinctly Far Eastern, though, matching up to what we've come to expect from Korean brands. It's great value second-hand but since it's such an old design, it's now feeling pretty dated. 

Skoda Roomster

2. Skoda Roomster (2006-)

Reliability score: 82%

The Roomster is not just reliable when it's a new car - it remains dependable as it gets older, according to owners of cars aged over four years. Combine this with some very cheap prices on the used car market and you have an appealing second-hand MPV choice. Just make sure yours has stability control fitted. 

Toyota Corolla Verso

3. Toyota Corolla Verso (2002-2004)

Reliability score: 82%

With a reliability record as good as this, the short-lived Corolla Verso is definitely worth tracking down as a second-hand MPV. There's plenty of space inside for two adults and three children plus their luggage. It's safe and pretty good to drive, too, and makes most sense in economical D-4D diesel form.

 

Seat Altea

4. Seat Altea/XL (2004-)

Reliability score: 80%

It may be getting on a bit, but the Seat Altea is still showing the MPV competition how it's done. It comes in two forms: a standard-wheelbase model, and a long-wheelbase XL with much-improved rear legroom. Both are spacious five-seaters, with three separate seats in the back; boot space is generous in both.

 

Citroen C4 Picasso

5. Citroën C4 Picasso (2007-)

Reliability score: 80%

Climb aboard the C4 Picasso and you're greeted by an airy cabin with lots of innovative design features. It may not be very exciting to drive but it has plenty of room for passengers and their luggage. Choose the long-wheelbase Grand Picasso and you can even fit seven people in - just about. It's also great value used. 

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