Cars

Best MPVs

By Martin Pratt

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People carriers are perfect for families, offering comfort, practicality and bags of interior space. These Best Buy MPVs also deliver low running costs and long-term reliability.

MPVs, or multi-purpose vehicles, are the ideal choice for anyone who needs to carry a lot of people and luggage around, making them perfect for larger families(and minicab drivers...).

The Renault Espace was the first people carrier to hit the mainstream in the early 1980s, but MPVs are now available from most of the big brands. Popular models including the Renault Scénic, Citroën Picasso, Ford C-Max and S-Max, and even a premium offering in the shape of the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer.

Below are our recommended new and used MPVs – Best Buys that are truly multi-purpose, as well as reliable and affordable to run.

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Best new MPVs

Typical price £19,225
Brand score 84%
Tested Aug 2014
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This boxy MPV is more comfortable than you might think. Despite its height it’s a pleasure to drive and the spacious cabin easily accommodates five.

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Typical price £22,510
Brand score 83%
Tested Sep 2014
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This is as practical an MPV as we've tested with a well thought out cabin - it’s a blast to drive too.

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Typical price £17,745
Brand score 80%
Tested Mar 2009
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There's a lot to love about this versatile MPV - it oozes practicaility and the huge well-equipped cabin is a pleasure to be in.

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Typical price £19,780
Brand score 79%
Tested Sep 2010
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This MPV is as good to drive as most hatchbacks while still being an effective people and luggage carrying car.

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Typical price £18,075
Brand score 77%
Tested Oct 2010
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If you're after an MPV with a sporty edge this is a good choice. It's still practical too, but not as spacious as some of its rivals.

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Typical price £12,720
Brand score 76%
Tested Jun 2009
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It's safe, comfortable and roomy inside - this MPV ticks all the right boxes.

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Best used MPVs

Typical price £2,675
Brand score 83%
Tested May 2004
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This people carrier is on the larger side of the MPV scale. The space utilised well - there's plenty of versatility.

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Typical price £15,265
Brand score 82%
Tested Mar 2011
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Despite being a smaller MPV it still has plenty of interior space. It has some stiff competition but it's one you should consider.

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Typical price £2,925
Brand score 78%
Tested Nov 2004
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A unique interior layout sets this MPV apart, but despite the unusual arrangement it's still a competent, versatile vehicle.

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Typical price £17,075
Brand score 76%
Tested Aug 2003
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This practical MPV people carrier is feeling its age now, but important factors like safety and fuel economy have stood the test of time.

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Typical price £34,220
Brand score 74%
Tested Jan 2010
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This MPV is more van than car and that means there's a tonne of space inside. It's easier to drive than you might think, though, so don’t dismiss it based on size alone.

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Typical price £20,435
Brand score 74%
Tested Jun 2006
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This MPV somehow manages to be sporty while maintaining the core sensibilities of an excellent MPV - comfort, space and versatility.

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Typical price £22,735
Brand score 74%
Tested Jun 2006
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This full-size MPV can comfortably seat seven thanks to its vast interior, though its size does make it a bit unwieldy on the road.

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Typical price £21,115
Brand score 73%
Tested Feb 2003
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It's not had the best reliability record but this MPV is comfy and easy to drive.

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Typical price £23,720
Brand score 73%
Tested Oct 2002
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This MPV is one of the cheapest we recommend. It is being overtaken by more moden rivals but there's still a lot to love.

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