Whether you’re a young family on a budget or have a home-made football team to taxi around, you’ll find the best buys here.
Have a look at the following families – and see which one matches your automotive requirements the best…
Young family of three
Small urban car required
Space for clutter is vital
Taxi for two teenagers
Large six- or seven-seater
Three young children
...but no MPVs please
Big broodThe WingsNames
Isaac (11)Annual mileage
‘Having four children narrows our choice to six-or seven-seat cars’
Budget available: £15kFiat Multipla 1.9 Multijet Dynamic FamilyList price
£16,535 Target price
The unusual 3+3 seating layout works well and means the Multipla can carry six with ease. Even with six people on board, there’s a healthy 430-litre boot. If you need more space, just whip out the back seats for a van-like loadbay. Fiat’s MPV is getting on a bit, but it’s still a fine people-carrier and excellent value for money.
Budget available: £15k-£19KPeugeot 5008 1.6 HDi 110 ActiveList price
£18,845 Target price
Child 79% Adult 89%
Our MPV of the Year is fundamentally the same car as the Citroën Grand C4
Picasso. So it has the same ingenious seven-seat layout, and all five rear seats can be folded flat by simply tugging on cords. We prefer the Peugeot, though, because it’s sharper to drive and has a more settled ride than the Citroën.
Budget available: £19K-£23kFord S-Max 2.0 TDCi 140 ZetecList price
£22,195 Target price
Child 4 stars Adult 5 stars
MPVs don’t have to be dull to drive – or to look at. The S-Max is the people-carrier for parents who enjoy driving. Its seating isn’t as clever as the Peugeot 5008’s, but the Ford is still a practical car for up to seven, and it knocks spots off the competition for driving dynamics. Prices are high, so haggle hard for a good deal.
Budget available: £23k-£30KVolvo XC90 2.4 D5 ActiveList price
£30,995 Target price
Child: not tested/Adult
This seven-seat 4x4 is long in the tooth now, but big discounts mean that it’s still a sensible buy. Haggle hard – or shop online – and you can pick one up for less than the price of the smaller XC60
. The XC90 is desirable, practical and classy family transport for bigger families who don’t want an MPV.
Budget available: £30k-£45KLand Rover Discovery 3.0 TDV6 XSList price
£41,395 Target price
Child 4 stars Adult 4 stars
Is there a better car for large families? We don’t think so. The Discovery has just about everything. It mixes MPV practicality and a spacious interior with executive-car refinement, fine driving dynamics and a top-notch image. You’ll need deep pockets to afford one, but the best things in life don’t often come cheap.
Used bargainsFrom £13,000
Chrysler Grand Voyager
2.8 CRD Executive, ’08/57, 17,500 miles
Seven seats, masses of space and a bulging kit list make the Grand Voyager a fine MPV. Even with all the seats up, the boot is huge.From £15,990 Ford Galaxy
2.0 TDCi Zetec, ’08/08, 15,000 miles
The Galaxy is
seven-seater. It’s just as good to drive as the smaller S-Max, and is refined and comfortable. Zetec models get climate control and electric windows all round.