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.
Our pick: 2.0 TDI 150 SE
6. Vauxhall Zafira Tourer
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
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