Toyota Verso 1.8 VVT-I TR
Target Price 17,311
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
Target Price 13,790
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
Target Price 15,361
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.