When MPVs burst on to the scene in the 1980s, they didn't have to do much more than provide seats for all of the family and space for their luggage. It's a bit different these days. The seats need to be clever; they must fold flat - ideally into the floor - and move independently of each other. If an MPV provides seats for seven, the rear pair should be roomy enough for adults; when folded away, they should leave a good-sized boot. Our top MPVs also need to be safe, cheap to run and well equipped.
Citroen Grand C4 PicassoBest buy £16,000-£22,000
This price bracket plays host to some fierce competition, including the Kia Carens and Vauxhall Zafira Tourer, yet the Citroen has managed to beat all of them.
Citroen C3 PicassoBest buy less than £16,000
In 1.4 VTi form the C3 Picasso is sensibly priced, economical and still comes with a respectable level of kit.
Seat AlhambraBest buy more than £22,000
The Alhambra has been a favourite at this price point for several years, and it's easy to see why. Even with all seven seats in place its boot is a respectable size, while the roomy rear two seats are easy to reach via the sliding rear doors and tilting middle row.