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Used Car of the Year Awards contenders: MPVs
You’ll have to wait until 30 September for the winners of the 2021 What Car? Used Car of the Year Awards to be announced, but you can get a preview of the top contenders here...
Less than £10,000
Vauxhall Zafira Tourer
Seven-seaters don't come much cheaper than the Vauxhall Zafira Tourer, which also has a well-made interior that'll stand up to the abuse of family life. It's pleasantly quick, too, and well equipped.
Citroën C4 Picasso
There may only be five seats in a C4 Picasso, but it is a very versatile car with three individual seats in the rear that can be folded independently of each other. Everyone gets a good view out, and there's a large and practical boot. It's great value, too.
Volkswagen Golf SV
Wider door openings and a higher seat height all help to make the Golf SV a better choice for families than the regular Golf, especially those that have younger children they need to lift in and out of car seats. Choose from a good range of efficient engines and well-equipped trims.
Less than £15,000
BMW 2 Series Active Tourer
Just because you need a family runaround doesn't mean it can't also have a premium badge on it, like this BMW. There's plenty of rear leg room for older and taller children; just don't let them smear chocolate into that plush interior.
The Volkswagen Touran is a very sensible MPV for families, with a well thought out interior and a third row of seats that folds neatly from the floor, should you need them. Despite its height, the Touran doesn't lean over much in corners and handles almost as well as the Golf upon which it is based.
Citroën Grand C4 Spacetourer
Much of what we've said about the smaller C4 Picasso applies to the bigger Grand C4 Spacetourer, except with the latter you get an extra couple of chairs in the boot. Every Grand C4 Spacetourer is very well equipped and has a nicely laid out and stylish interior with plenty of space for the family.
Less than £20,000
You can't carve corners in the bigger Ford Galaxy as well as you can in an S-Max, but the additional third-row head room and sliding second row will make things more comfortable for adults. Refinement is a Galaxy strong suit, with wind, tyre and engine noise being very well suppressed.
Modern multi-storey car parks are the bane of big car owners' lives, but the sliding side doors of the Sharan eliminate the fear of the little ones damaging the vehicle next to you as they make a bid for freedom. The torquey diesels make a lot of sense, but there is a smaller 1.4 petrol for those marooned in the city.
BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer
The Mini underpinnings of the BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer, and some of the engines from that car, help make this MPV a very nice thing to drive. As per the smaller Active Tourer, this Gran Tourer has a premium interior, except on this occasion, more people can enjoy it, because it has seven seats.
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