Renault Grand Scenic MPV

£20,585 - £24,115

With seven seats and an extremely flexible interior, the Renault Grand Scenic is an excellent family car. It's based on the normal Renault Scenic, but it's longer so there's space for two extra seats. One thing that might put buyers off is the conservative styling, which looks bland when compared to the futuristic Citroen C4 Grand Picasso.

Grand Scenic have a choice of two diesel and two petrol engines. The 1.5-litre dCi diesel can return nearly 70mpg and is the one to go for if you want the lowest running costs. The more expensive diesel, meanwhile, can see 64.2mpg and is significantly quicker. The petrol models are also efficient, and we think the 1.2-litre TCe is the pick of the bunch.

Two trim levels are available: Dynamique TomTom and Dynamique TomTom with the Bose+ pack. All models have automatic headlights and wipers, sat nav, cruise control and electric windows all round. Bose+ pack models add a better stereo, larger alloy wheels and a sliding centre console, which frees up space for the middle passenger in the second row of seats.