Top 10 used MPVs for less than £15,000
If you've got £15k to spend on a practical used family car, don't discount an MPV. Here we count down our top 10 buys...
It may well have been comprehensively trounced in the sales charts and in people's affections by that young upstart the SUV, but the good old MPV is still well worth a punt on the used market.
After all, if you're looking for a car at a reasonable price that can easily carry up to seven people and leave space for their luggage a used MPV is still a force to be reckoned with. Some are much better to drive than you'd expect, too, and some even look more stylish than you might think a car of such practicality should.
So, which one to choose? Fortunately, a £15,000 budget gives you plenty of options. Here’s our round-up of the very best this money will buy you.
10. Peugeot 5008
As with quite a few Peugeots, depreciation now makes it a great used buy, too, and our budget buys one of the very last ones. It's surprisingly good to drive, for starters, in its day almost a match for the peerless Ford S-Max, and on top of that you get a roomy, versatile interior with clever seating for up to seven.
Peugeot 5008 (cont.)
You'll also get a tactile, stylish dashboard, a comfortable ride with good handling and low noise levels, and a wonderfully practical car at a bargain price. Avoid the jerky automatic and go for a manual; also keep an eye out for electrical niggles, which alas aren’t unknown.
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 transferable warranty. A 2017 car will still have many years of this left, as long as the car hasn’t gone over 100,000 miles – and that’s a huge bonus.
Kia Carens (cont.)
You’ll hopefully never need it, mind you, as our reports suggest the Carens is a pretty reliable thing. It’s also good to drive, with a choice of one 1.6 petrol or a 1.7-litre diesel in two states of tune – we'd look for the more powerful of the two diesel options. It's comfortable, well-appointed, economical and roomy, too, although not as large in the rearmost seats as some of the cars in our top 10.
8. BMW 2 Series Active Tourer
The 2 Series Active Tourer is based on the Mini's front-wheel-drive mechanicals, and while that's a bit of a break from BMW tradition, it means that this MPV is better to drive than its contemporaries.
It's the five-seat version that offers the best value for our money compared with the bigger seven-seat Gran Tourer. It might be smaller on the outside, but a lot of effort has gone into making the most of the available space inside the Active Tourer.
BMW 2 Series Active Tourer (cont.)
The raised roofline helps when putting children into their safety seats in the back, and the rear seats split 40:20:40, which improves flexibility should you need to carry both longer loads and passengers. Reliability is good, though watch out for some electrical issues.
7. Seat Alhambra
The Seat Alhambra is great to drive and comes with sliding rear doors – a boon in tight parking spaces because you shouldn't be able to clonk the car next to you when getting out. It also leaves a wide aperture that helps when strapping small children into the middle row.
Seat Alhambra (cont.)
It’s a large car, of course, but it comes with a range of punchy engines that are more than up to the job of hauling it around. It rides and handles well, too, and is reasonably refined and efficient.
6. Ford S-Max
It’s no secret that we’ve always been big fans of the lively Ford S-Max, and it isn’t hard to see why. It looks great, for a start, and underneath that sporty-looking styling sits a people carrier that’s enormously enjoyable to drive. It’s also comfortable over long distances, plus it's highly fuel-efficient.
Ford S-Max (cont.)
While you can’t fit quite as much into it as its sister car, the Ford Galaxy, there’s still more than enough room for seven people.
As with the Galaxy, ex-taxis are to be avoided and cars with automatic gearboxes need evidence of frequent fluid changes. On the whole, major reported problems are few, but overall reliability is a little mixed.
5. Volkswagen Sharan
As with the great Seat Alhambra, the Sharan is a tremendous MPV that's good to drive, with a range of strong and efficient engines. It's neatly styled, too, but it’s the huge interior and its quality that are the main selling points for the Sharan
Volkswagen Sharan (cont.)
The sliding rear doors (electrically operated on some trims) that makes getting in and out of the car in tight spaces so much easier. The two rearmost seats can happily accommodate tall adults, and there’s a reasonably sized boot even with all the seats up, and a positively huge one with the two rear rows of seats down.
4. Vauxhall Zafira Tourer
The original Vauxhall Zafira was the go-to choice for many families looking for a small seven-seat MPV for many years because it was great value, and in this later Zafira Tourer form, even better than ever it was.
Vauxhall Zafira Tourer
It’s good to drive, with decent ride comfort and an involving chassis, but its biggest trump card must surely be its interior, which is spacious, versatile and feels quite classy to the touch. It’s reasonable to run and great value to buy, and with a lifespan that ran from 2013 to 2018, there are loads of used examples to choose from.
3. Ford Galaxy
The Ford Galaxy is, quite simply, enormous. It's got seating for seven adults and even a bit of space left over for your luggage. On top of all that, this version of the Galaxy, which dates from 2015, is good to drive and comfortable, too.
Ford Galaxy (cont.)
Powershift automatics can be troublesome and need frequent fluid changes, so check the history for evidence of this, and avoid ex-taxis, which will have huge mileages. On the whole, though, this is one great all-rounder and a deeply impressive MPV.
2. Volkswagen Touran
There isn’t much to dislike about the versatile VW Touran. It's a spacious, refined and classy all-rounder, with a dashboard and interior that is both elegant to behold and easy to use.
Volkswagen Touran (cont.)
Perhaps most important of all, though, is how brilliantly clever the Touran’s seating flexibility is. For a start, the second row is made up of three individual seats so that it is possible to carry three child seats side by side, and these chairs all slide and fold independently of one another. With the third row stowed away, the boot is huge, too.
1. Citroën Grand C4 Spacetourer
Fancy an MPV with a little panache? The Citroën Grand C4 Spacetourer is well-equipped, stylish and one of the most comfortable MPVs around. Being the Grand version means it's blessed with versatile seating for seven, and you get a huge boot when the third row is folded into the floor.
Citroën Grand C4 Spacetourer (cont.)
The engine range is strong and fuel-efficient, plus it rides and handles well for a car of this size. Refinement is good, too, making long trips with the family just that bit more bearable.
Couple all that with the fact that you can easily find one or two-year-old examples within our budget, and you have to agree that the Grand C4 Spacetourer is the best value MPV for less than £15,000 you can buy today.