MPG Hero Ford C-Max 1.6 TDCi 90 Style Price £15,845 Target Price £13,146 Economy — Average 60.1mpg; Out of town 70.6mpg; In town 47.9mpg
The C-Max uses the same engine that powered the Focus to victory in our Green Car of the Year Awards. It’s a shade less frugal in the C-Max, but it’s by far the most economical MPV and, oddly (considering the extra practicality), £250 cheaper to buy.
Best for practicality Citroen Grand C4 Picasso 1.6 HDi SX EGS Price £18,995 Target Price £16,778 Economy — Average 49.6mpg; Out of town 55.4mpg; In town 41.5mpg
The Grand C4 Picasso is big, clever, comfortable and great value for money. Models with the EGS semi-automatic gearbox manage to go 1.7 miles farther on every gallon of diesel than the manuals.
Most exciting Ford S-Max 2.0 TDCi 140 Zetec Price £21,545 Target Price £19,413 Economy — Average 44.1mpg; Out of town 52.3mpg; In town 34.9mpg
Proof that MPVs don’t have to be dull. The S-Max doesn’t just look great, it’s also surprisingly good to drive and is keenly priced. There’s a 1.8-litre diesel that’s even more frugal, but it’s not such a great engine. The 2.0 TDCI is far better and is only 1.5mpg thirstier.
Auto option Seat Altea XL 2.0 TDI Stylance DSG Price £18,345 Target Price £16,593 Economy — Average 47.1mpg; Out of town 55.4mpg; In town 36.7mpg
The Altea XL has a big boot, loads of legroom plus VW’ excellent DSG ’box.
Budget buy Skoda Roomster 1.4 TDI 80 2 Price £12,600 Target Price £10,913 Economy — Average 55.4mpg; Out of town 62.8mpg; In town 46.3mpg
This Roomster offers masses of space and the prospect of 55mpg.