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MPVs - part two

  • Our guide to what to buy
  • Get the most for your money
  • Top fives in key categories

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Toyota Verso 1.8 VVT-I TR

Price 17,745
Target Price 17,311
Economy 40.4mpg
CO2 165g/km

The Verso is a faithful, seven-seat family people mover.

The seating system is practical and easy to use, and the car is good to drive, with responsive steering and a forgiving ride.

Safety is well catered for, with seven airbags as standard. Toyotas have a great reputation for reliability, so the Verso shouldnt cause you any sleepless nights.

Kia Carens 2.0 CRDi GS

Price 14,990
Target Price 13,790
Economy 45.6mpg
CO2 165g/km

If you want your five-seater budget to stretch to a seven seater, then check out the Carens.

This modest MPV offers more car for your money, yet doesn't short change you on equipment or safety.

The 2.0-litre diesel engine is more than capable of hauling the Kia around when it's fully laden and will keep your fuel bills to a minimum. Alloy wheels, climate control and curtain airbags are all standard.

VW Touran 2 1.9 TDI 105 Bluemotion S

Price 17,340
Target Price 15,361
Economy 52.3mpg
CO2 144g/km

The Touran was one of the first mid-size MPVs to come with seven seats and it's still well able to tackle all a family can throw at it.

The classy badge on the front is backed up by a solid build quality, while the handling is responsive and the ride refined.

You get a decent specification for your money, with alloys, remote central locking and air-con coming as standard. But the ace up its sleeve is the Bluemotion package, which delivers great fuel economy and low CO2 emissions.