We named the C3 Picasso as the best budget MPV in our 2017 Car of the Year awards. It has an airy interior and a large boot, plus most versions ride well on supple suspension. It might not be as good to drive as a Ford B-Max, but it’s excellent value for money. It’s worth noting that this model is soon to be replaced by the C3 Aircross, so make sure you get a sizeable discount on the outgoing car.
Our pick: 1.2 THP 110 Edition
The Grand C4 Picasso is so good that we've previously named it as our MPV of the year twice, once in 2014 and again in 2015. Its 1.6-litre diesel engine is smooth and efficient, while the classy, minimalist dashboard and airy interior make it a comfortable and relaxing place to spend time. Factor in easy-folding seats and generous standard kit and it’s easy to see why this is still one of the best MPVs you can buy.
Our pick: 1.6 HDi 120 Exclusive
2. Ford Galaxy
If you need to carry seven adults and some luggage as well, the Galaxy is the way to go, and we named it as the best MPV for more than £26,000 at the 2017 What Car? awards. All models offer a flexible seven-seat layout with three sliding individual seats in the middle row and two rear seats that fold flat into the boot. The Galaxy is also one of the best MPVs to drive, offering the kind of nimble responses normally reserved for much smaller cars.
Our pick: 2.0 TDCi 150 Zetec
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