Toyota Verso The Verso’s seven seats are arranged in the two-three-two formation found in most MPVs, but it offers greater flexibility than rivals, because the middle row and two rear chairs can all be folded flat. The middle seats also slide independently of one another when raised, allowing you to give those behind extra legroom.
Volkswagen Touran Our Compact MPV of the Year for the last two years, the Touran is hugely versatile thanks to a middle row of seats that slides, tumbles and can be easily removed. The rearmost row can accommodate adults on short trips, or can be folded into the boot floor to create a large load area. The Touran is enjoyable to drive, and its cabin is made from first-class materials.
Chrysler Grand Voyager Unlike most other large MPVs, the Grand Voyager can carry seven people and their luggage at the same time. It also comes with loads of standard kit, but what really sets it apart from current rivals is its ingenious ‘Stow ’n’ Go’ seating. This makes lifting out and storing heavy chairs a thing of the past, because the five rear seats all fold into wells in the floor.
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