MPVs have become a huge sector of the motoring industry. From the small seed of Renault’s original Espace, the sector has exploded. For many families, the MPV has become the default choice when it comes to hitting the road. Here, Diesel Car picks out its top five MPVs.
The Ford ‘Max’ range has been a great success story for Ford. With the S-Max, the blue oval has built an MPV that packs bags of driver appeal. It looks great, it’s well equipped, comfortable and spacious. On top of all that, the S-Max is a great car to drive, carrying on the superb fundamentals offered by the Focus and Mondeo. A driver’s MPV if ever there was one.
Coming from the same stable as the Volkswagen Sharan, its no surprise that the SEAT boasts a range of great diesel engines and gearboxes. Add in a hefty does of Spanish flair and the Alhambra goes along way to disprove the idea that MPVs are nothing more than dull boxes for dull people.
The Meriva saw Vauxhall really raise its game in the segment and truly compete with the competition from Ford and VW. The Meriva looks ace with its smart ‘Boomerang’ front bumper and has a smart, well-thought out interior and clever rear doors that open backward, making it easier to get the kids in and out of the back. Clever stuff, Vauxhall.
Citroen C3 Picasso
For smaller families, the C3 Picasso makes a lot of sense. Citroen know what it takes to make a great MPV, and the C3 boasts bags of character. It’s neatly-styled, well-built and as importantly, cheap to run, with low tax bands and a choice of frugal diesel lumps. Being so cute its less of a car and more like the family pooch.
Renault Grand Scenic
Renault are the grandaddy of the MPV and the Grand Scenic continues those traditions in fine style. Like its famous forebearers, today’s Grand Scenic is a great choice for bigger families. The kids, granny, the dog, the kitchen sink, you’ll find room for them all in a Grand Scenic.