Best people carriers and MPVs
There's no denying the benefits of owning a people carrier or MPV if you have a large family. They’re an invaluable method of family transport thanks to their sheer size and versatile interiors.
MPVs are often purchased out of necessity more than desire, but that doesn’t mean they have to be boring. Car manufacturers have been working harder than ever before to inject some excitement into the class, resulting in funky people carriers like the Fiat 500L MPW and stylish Ford S-MAX. MPVs aren’t just offered by mainstream manufacturers, either – the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is a bit of a departure for the sporty German brand, but it ranks well in this class.
All of the MPVs on this list represent good value, have excellent interior space and feature movable (or removable) rear seats. Some even have sliding doors and no B-pillars for easy access in tight car parks.
However, a spacious and versatile interior is just part of the criteria – to get on our top 10 list, the best MPVs need to offer value for money, useable performance and decent reliability. Low running costs are a key issue, too, so many of the people carriers on this list are fitted with their respective brands’ most efficient engines – such as the BlueHDi diesel in the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso.
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, ensuring we cater to as many needs as possible with this list. Seven seats aren’t quite as important on this list as they are on our dedicated top 10 list for that type of car.
So, if you’re in the market for a spacious, practical and flexible people carrier that's cheap to run, the keep reading for our guide to the UK's top 10 MPVs.