Best and worst MPVs and people carriers 2018
Which people carrier is the best buy? There's a variety of great seven-seaters, as well as smaller MPVs to choose from. Here are our favourite MPVs and the ones to steer clear of...
The Alhambra was our MPV of the year for three years running between 2011 and 2013, and it's still one of the best around – it's spacious, refined and great value for money. It can be a fairly big car to get used to, but in return you get near faultless practicality and space for seven adults. In fact, it's one of the best seven-seaters on the market.
The new 1.6-litre diesel Zafira Tourer is a big improvement over the 2.0-litre model it replaces. Power is delivered more smoothly and there’s hardly any of the clatter that you might expect from under the bonnet. It’s a tempting proposition for company car drivers, too, due to its sub-110g/km CO2 emissions. Add in the user-friendly flexible seating set-up and this is a great value MPV, especially in our recommended Tech Line trim.
Our pick: 1.6 CDTi 136 Tech Line
5. Ford S-Max
If you're looking for a family MPV that won't cost a lot to run, the Ford S-Max is well worth considering. Like the best modern Fords, it's also one of the best-handling cars in its class, combining plenty of grip with excellent body control. In fact, the S-Max is the most fun MPV to drive. The interior might not be as classy as some rivals, but it's as practical as you'd expect from a family car. It has a fairly large boot, too.
Our pick: 2.0 TDCi 150 Zetec