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Top 5 Tuesdays: The Best MPV Cars

April 21, 2015

Top 5 Tuesday’s is back – and this week we’re taking a look at some of the best MPV cars on the road. Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly cabin or a great driving experience, there’s an MPV for you. Let’s get stuck in and see how these 5 fare in our MPV reviews.

SEAT Alhambra

Seat Alhambra

Original image by El Monty

Starting us off is one of the best 7 seater cars on the market, the SEAT Alhambra. This MPV scooped the title of best MPV at the Auto Express Awards in 2012 and 2013 – and it’s easy to see why. The Alhambra might share the same mechanical DNA as the Volkswagen Sharan but at £25,630, it’s the lower priced option. There are two 2.0 litre diesel engines to choose from in the Alhambra. The 138bhp version has a fuel economy of 50.4mpg, emitting 146g/km of CO2 for an annual tax bill of £145, while the more powerful 175bhp version is only offered in the top-spec model.

Ford S-MAX

Ford S-MAX

Original image by Frossard & Farid

Where this MPV really scores well is with its ability to make you forget you’re navigating a 7 seater. Its sharp handling makes the Ford S-MAX fun to drive – something its rivals fail to achieve. The entry-level 1.6 litre petrol engine only manages 113bhp – but if you’re not planning on venturing far, it’s adequate enough. If you’re looking for a practical performer, you’d be best off going for the 138bhp 2.0 litre diesel. This engine packs plenty of punch, meaning overtaking on the motorway shouldn’t be an issue, even with a full load. With a well-equipped interior adding to the Ford S-MAX’s already impressive qualities, this is a hot pick if you’re in the market for one of the best MPV’s – and its competitive £24,545 price tag doesn’t hurt either.

Kia Carens

KIA Carens

Original image by Abdullah AlBargan

The Kia Carens is impressive across the board. Marrying practicality with comfort, it’s a good size for a sub £20,000 price tag. While space in the main cabin area is generous, the third row of seats really only comfortably accommodates children. With an entry-level price of £18,195, the Carens is an affordable MVP that will appeal to those looking for a stylish people carrier without the high cost.

Nissan Note

Nissan Note 2014

Original image by Tino Rossini

It might be smaller its competitors, but the Nissan Note is surprisingly practical. Granted, it can’t match up to the mighty SEAT Alhambra, but if you’re looking for the best people carrier to suit a small family, this is the way to go. At £9,995, the Note also has reasonably pricing on its side, and you won’t break the bank running it either. In terms of engines, the 89bhp 1.5 litre dCi diesel is the cheapest to run, and also feels quicker than any other engines in the range – powering from 0-62mph in 11.9 secs. Surprisingly, the more powerful 1.2 litre DIG-S doesn’t feel as fast, despite reaching 0-62mph in a slightly quicker 11.7 secs.

Citroen C4 Picasso

Citroen C4 Picasso

Original image by MotorBlog

In terms of the best family MVP, the Citroen C4 is up there with the best of them. To power your C4, the best engine option is the 112bhp 115 e-HDi diesel, with 0-62mph taking this MVP 11.8 secs. If you’re after a more powerful punch, go for the148bhp BlueHDi 150. It might not be as fun as other cars in this class, but its styling and economical figures still make it a strong contender – and at £17,760, it’s not badly priced either.

Whether you’re in the market for the family-friendly Citroen C4 or have your eye on the SEAT Alhambra, our flexible MPV finance options can help get you on the road. Apply now or check out our car finance calculator for an instant quote.

 

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.