Renault Grand Scenic MPV

£20,585 - £24,115

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

You can choose to spec your Grand Scenic with a choice of two diesels and two petrol engines. The Energy DCi 110 can get nearly 70mpg and is the model to go for if you want cheap running costs. The more expensive diesel, meanwhile, can get 64.2mpg and is significantly quicker. The petrol models also offer strong economy and the 115 TCe is the best version to go for.

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