What alternatives should I consider to a used Mercedes V-Class estate?
The Seat Alhambra and Volkswagen Sharan are closely related to one another and equally excellent alternatives to the V-Class. Like the Mercedes, they have plenty of space for seven passengers and sliding rear doors.
The Ford Galaxy is much cheaper than the V-Class, but it isn’t quite as practical for really large families. It is far nicer to drive, though.
Also take a look at the Citroën Spacetourer. It's huge inside and you can get a 2018 example for less than £20,000, making it exceptional value.
If you want something almost as posh as the V-Class and equally imposing, try the Volkswagen Caravelle. There are plenty of potent diesel engines available, along with either a slick six-speed manual or swift six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
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