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We've looked through our new car pages and gathered up all the best MPVs currently on sale in the UK. We've compared them in terms of load space, economy, specification choices and number of seats, so all you have to do is select the one that's best for you. 

What is an MPV?
MPV stands for Multi-Purpose Vehicle - not Multi-Person Vehicle; all vehicles are multi-person vehicles if you think about it, but it's a common mistake people make. They are more spacious than traditional family hatchbacks, feature bigger boots and are generally easier to get in and out of. Many of them have the ability to carry 7 people, which is an invaluable feature for large families.

What are they useful for?
MPVs are also known as People Carriers, People Movers or if you're in the USA - a Minivan. They're good at doing just that, either moving people or acting as a Van for moving things. Many of the ones in this article feature clever seating arrangements in the back, so you can move the seats to suit your desired need at any point in time, either more space for passengers or more space for luggage.

1. Citroen C4 Picasso/Grand C4 Picasso

Citroen C4 Grand Picasso

The Citroen C4 Picasso has started something of a renaissance within the Citroen Brand, with its futuristic space-ship styling now beginning to filter through onto other models, such as the C1. 

Citroen's success as an MPV maker started with the release of the Xsara Picasso, a taller, roomier version of the not-so-popular Citroen Xsara, which it comfortably outsold - the Picasso version sold over 3 million globally.

The current model maintains Citroens strong presence in the MPV sector, with the Grand C4 Picasso (the 7 seat version) being named WhatCar? Best MPV in the Car of the Year awards 2014. The wheelbase is longer than the previous model and so the cabin is extremely spacious, and the large panoramic windscreen and wide windows give you excellent visibility on the road.

Standard kit:

  • 12" HD screen on dashboard
  • Reversing camera
  • Satellite navigation
  • USB functionality built in
  • Second 7" touchscreen on the lower part of the dashboard
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Bluetooth
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • DAB digital radio
  • Impressive boost space
  • Full 5-stars in a Euro NCAP safety test in 2013
  • Great fuel economy

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2. Vauxhall Zafira/Zafira Tourer

Vauxhall Zafira Tourer

The Vauxhall Zafira has been a mainstay of the Vauxhall range since its launch in 1999. It was an instant hit, and the current generation Zafira has been in production since 2005 - one of the longest-run production cars on sale today. It's been in production for so long simply because of its enduring popularity, which was brought about by its low purchase price, low running costs and excellent practicality (all Zafiras have 7 seats as standard). 

Features:

  • Flexible seating arrangements
  • Design Nav trim - Touchscreen navigation system
  • Bluetooth
  • Climate control
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Cheap road tax
  • Low cost price
  • Boot capacity expands to 645 litres in 5 seat mode, and a van-like 1,820 litres with a two-seat configuration
  • 5-Star safety rating in NCAP crash tests

The Zafira Tourer is a larger, more modern, more expensive and plusher model than the regular Zafira. It has Vauxhall's latest interior design, meaning better quality material, better design and higher levels of comfort.

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3. Ford S-Max

Ford improved upon its already popular Galaxy with the S-Max, managing to generate car-like driving dynamics in a stylish, comfortable and practical 7-seat package.  Wheeler Dealers presenter Mike Brewer has been known to say it is the best car he's ever owned, and you can be sure he has owned a fair few cars in his lifetime.

Features:

  • Cruise control
  • Dual zone climate control
  • Electric Tailgate
  • Front and rear park assist
  • Bluetooth and hands-free phone system
  • DAB digital radio
  • USB
  • CD and iPod connection
  • Leather-Alcantara
  • Sunblind on the panoramic roof
  • Tinted privacy glass
  • Spacious
  • 7-seats
  • 285-litres of boot space
  • 5-stars in Euro NCAP crash tests.

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4. Renault Scenic/Grand Scenic

Renault Scenic

The Renault Scenic revived the MPV sector when it was launched in 1996, bringing French ingenuity and flair to a sector that was largely bland and boring. It was so popular Renault had to quadruple planned production numbers to keep up with the large demand, and won WhatCar? Car of the Year in 1997.

Features:

  • 7-seat model
  • Black roof bars
  • Continental Mud and Snow tyres
  • Annual tax is only £20
  • CO2 emissions kept to a low 105 g/km
  • TomTom satellite navigation
  • Cruise control
  • Bluetooth
  • Radio/CD/USB connection
  • Automatic lights and wipers
  • Electric windows 
  • 'Extra tinted' privacy glass in the rear
  • Boot space in the 5-Seat version is 555 litres, and 208 litres in the Grand Scenic with all 7-seats in place
  • 5-stars from crash testers Euro NCAP

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5. Peugeot 3008

The Peugeot 3008 was released in 2008, named WhatCar? Car of the year in 2010, and sales have been strong ever since. It aimed to take advantage of the growing crossover market, by being more MPV-like than cars such as the Nissan Qashqai, which has racked up massive amounts of sales over the last few years.

Features:

  • Huge boot space
  • Cruise control
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Speed sensitive power steering
  • Peugeot connect with Bluetooth
  • Air conditioning
  • LED daytime running lights
  •  5-star Euro NCAP safety rating

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6. Kia Carens

Another 7-seat vehicle, the Kia Carens has built up a reputation for reliability, quality, refinement and practicality since the current model replaced the unloved 2nd generation in 2013. By far the most popular engine choice is Kia's 1.7 CRDi diesel engine, which generates a strong 134bhp, and manages 56.mpg on the combined cycle. 

Features:

  • Leather seats
  • 10-way electrically adjustable driver's seat
  • Reach and rake adjustable steering column
  • Leather steering wheel (heated) and gear knob
  • Centre console armrest
  • Dual zone climate control
  • Automatic defog system
  • Electric windows
  • 2nd row window sunblinds
  • Cruise control with speed limiter
  • Remote central door locking with fold away key
  • 7 seats,
  • Sliding and recling 2nd row seats
  • Portable LED luggage light
  • 6 speakers
  • 4.3" TFT audio screen
  • RDS/CD radio
  • USB, Aux, Bluetooth
  • Reversing sensors and camera
  • Trip computer
  • 17"alloy wheels
  • Roof rails
  • Privacy glass
  • Cornering lights
  • Auto lights and wipers
  • LED daytime running lights
  • 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating
  • 7-year warranty

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