Best people carriers and MPVs
There's no better car than an MPV or people carrier if you have a large family or want a flexible interior. MPVs are a much more adaptable option than an estate car in some instances, as they can technically be used as a minibus, a van or the perfect car for family trips.
Most of the cars on this list are available with either five or seven seats, but in this list, the seven seats option isn’t quite as important as the one in our Best 7 Seaters one.
Sometimes, an MPV is needed out of necessity more than desire, but now more than ever car manufacturers are trying to inject some style and excitement into their people carrier ranges.
Almost all of the MPVs featured on this list represent good value, impressive boot space and movable seats that can sometimes be folded flat or taken out to create a van-like environment. Some even have sliding doors and no C-pillars (the pillars between the front and rear doors) for excellent access. Efficient engines can be fitted to most too, with cars like the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso having the option to be fitted with an economical BlueHDi diesel engine.
But a spacious and flexible interior is just part of the criteria – to get on our top 10 list, cars need to offer value for money, low running costs, useable performance, decent reliability and appealing looks. Just because you’re buying an MPV doesn’t mean you should settle for a car that's not fun to drive or look the part, so our list includes models such as the excellent Ford S-MAX and the Fiat 500L.
We've tried to feature a broad spectrum of models from the small Ford B-MAX, to the mid-sized Kia Carens and full-sized SEAT Alhambra, and ensured that we cater to as many needs as possible when making this list, so keep reading for our guide to the UK's top 10 MPVs.