The MPW is longer than a standard 500L and has the option of seven seats. It looks distinctive and is pretty well equipped.
Rivals are more refined and better to drive, and the two rearmost seats in seven-seat versions are strictly for children – and even then only occasional use.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
The petrol engines have their work cut out to move the standard 500L, and the additional weight of the longer MPW doesn’t improve matters. The low-powered 1.6-litre diesel moves the MPW along with enough enthusiasm to suggest that it’ll cope with seven people on board, so we wouldn’t bother with the higher-powered version. We've yet to try the 1.3-litre diesel model.
Ride & Handling
The 500L MPW shares its underpinnings with the standard 500L, so it feels very similar to drive. The ride is fairly firm, but it’s rarely uncomfortable and soaks up bumps with little fuss. Push hard and the MPW’s body leans a fair bit, although it’s more composed than its looks might suggest. The steering is light enough for parking, but care needs to be taken to keep progress smooth around corners because the steering self-centres pretty forcefully.
A test drive is essential to see whether the raucous Twinair petrol engine is too rowdy for you to live with. The 1.6-litre diesel is also noisy; it’s grumbly when you rev it and you can hear it droning away in the background at motorway speeds. Wind noise is ever present on motorway journeys, too.