Top 10 used MPVS for less than £10,000
If you've got £10,000 to spend and you want a practical car don't overlook an MPV. But which one should be on your shortlist? We've got 10 of the best here.....
It might have been comprehensively trounced in the sales charts by that rapscallion newcomer the SUV, but the good old MPV still has plenty of life in it. Choosing the best used one isn’t the matter of a moment, though. Consideration must be given, not just to the engine and specification that best suits your needs, but also whether you’re going to need five seats or seven – and indeed, how big you want your MPV to be.
Fortunately, a £10,000 budget gives you plenty of options. Smaller MPVs provide a great balance between family space and manoeuvrability, while larger options offer enough room for anything you might wish to throw at them.
And buying an MPV these days doesn’t have to mean giving up a little slice of your soul, either. Many modern people-carriers are enjoyable to drive and good to look at, while the extra practicality they offer will widen your smile still further. Without further ado, then, here’s our round-up of the very best MPVs £10,000 will buy you.
Best used MPVs for less than £10,000
10. Peugeot 5008
The Peugeot 5008 is easily one of the company’s best offerings in recent years (the latest one is even better, although it's now an SUV not an MPV), and as with most Peugeots, heavy depreciation makes it a great used buy. You get all the things we like about the 5008 – a roomy, versatile interior with seating for seven; a tactile, stylish dashboard; a comfortable ride with good handling and low noise levels – but at a bargain price. Avoid the jerky automatic and go for a manual; also keep an eye out for electrical niggles, which aren’t unknown.
We found: 2016 5008 1.6 HDi Allure, 24,000 miles, £9995
9. Kia Carens
The second-generation Kia Carens fits into our budget here, and it’s worth looking at simply because of its seven-year warranty. A 2015 car will still have three of four years of this left, as long as the car hasn’t gone over 100,000 miles – and that’s a huge bonus. You’ll hopefully never need it, mind you, as the reports suggest the Carens is a pretty reliable thing. It’s ordinary to drive, and the rear-most seats of the seven on offer are rather tricky to get into. But it is at least comfortable, well-appointed and, in 1.7-litre diesel form, just about powerful enough too.
We found: 2015 1.7 CRDi 2, 33,000 miles, £9995
8. BMW 2 Series Active Tourer
The 2 Series Active Tourer was based on the Mini's front-wheel-drive platform, and was a bit of a break from tradition for a modern-day BMW. It's the five-seat version only we can get for our money - the seven-seat Gran Tourer is just a fraction over the £10k limit we've set here. However, what you'll get is good family transport and a car that's better to drive than some of its contemporaries. To that end, BMW has put a lot of effort into the usability of the available space. You may not like the look of the raised roofline, but it does help when putting children into their safety seats in the back, and the rear seats split 40:20:40, which helps if you need to carry both longer loads and passengers. Look for a 2015 car with the popular 1.5-litre diesel unit.