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Best people carriers and MPVs 2017
Here are the 10 best MPVs and people carriers to buy this year – all loaded with family-friendly features and lots of space
While they’re not not the most glamorous cars on sale, the MPV and people carrier sector is still an important one for large families that can only buy a single car that needs to carry everybody and their luggage with ease.
The origins of the people carrier or MPV (multi-purpose vehicle) can be traced back to the mid-eighties, when the Renault Espace arrived in Europe, while the Chrysler/Plymouth Voyager was launched in the US. These cars combined the boxy shape of a van with the luxuries and interior finish of a large estate car, only with even more space on offer thanks to their raised roofs and larger dimensions.
Over the years, MPVs have grown in size to offer more space, and that means a smaller class of MPVs has been introduced to fill the gap in respective manufacturer ranges. Renault brought the Scenic to the range as a compact MPV to slot in below the Espace, and plenty of makers followed with their own downsized people carriers. But again, these cars have grown in size, too, so there have been a number of supermini-sized MPVs introduced, too.
In addition, the market for van-based MPVs has grown beyond recognition. These models have transformed from little more than vans with seats bolted in to become a genuine alternative to a conventional MPV, with just as much luxury and kit, but with arguably even more space for better value.
Today, the MPV sector is under pressure from the crossover and SUV sectors, as these more rugged models deliver nearly as much space and practicality in a more stylish SUV body. However, they still can’t compete against the best MPVs for sheer practicality. We’ve selected 10 of the best MPVs on sale today, all of which deliver the versatility that family buyers need, while also offering reasonable running costs.
We’ve selected the best models in a variety of classes, ranging from the conventional five and seven-seat models to the best van-based MPVs.
Best people carriers and MPVs
- 1 Citroen C4 Picasso
- 2 Renault Grand Scenic
- 3 SEAT Alhambra
- 4 Ford S-MAX
- 5 Kia Carens
- 6 Vauxhall Zafira Tourer
- 7 Ford C-MAX
- 8 BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer
- 9 Ford Tourneo Connect
- 10 Citroen Berlingo Multispace
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