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2.8 CRD Limited - The Grand Voyager brings nothing new the MPV table but it is impossible to grumble about the amount of space that it offers. The sliding doors and vanishing seats are excellent but the Grand Voyager is pricey, fuel economy is poor and visually uninspiring.
Initiale dCi 175 - Renault was the first carmaker to bring an MPV to European roads when it first launched the Espace in 1984. Now in its fourth generation, the trailblazing Espace has become a template for an entire segment, one that has become increasingly popular with families over the last 25 years, leading to the [...]
2008 - The Volkswagen Sharan is now showing its age and rivals in the MPV segment are now well ahead, especially in regards to seating. However, the engines are strong and the ride is good.
2011 - Chevrolet is launching itself into the hotly contested mid-sized MPV market with the Orlando. It majors on simplicity and value, coming with Chevy’s five-year warranty, but the cabin is not as flexible as some rivals. While the Orlando is well priced and equipped, it’s not as good as some of the com [...]
Tourer - While it may share its Zafira name with Vauxhall’s original and trend-setting MPV, the Tourer is a larger car that aims to take on the Ford S-Max and Galaxy. It’s a handsome car, the Zafira Tourer, and has something of the Ampera to its front end styling. Inside, it’s versatile and the engine range [...]
SsangYong is taking a gently, gently approach with its Korando. It’s not aiming for the volume sails of the likes of the Nissan Qashqai, but instead looking for those who need an SUV or crossover for a deliberate purpose such as towing. It’s a sound policy, but one that sells the Korando a little sh [...]
T-Spirit 1.33 Dual VVT-i Multidrive S - First impressions of the Verso-S are that the spiritual successor to the Yaris Verso is doing a much better job than the earlier car. Externally, it's a sharp edged mini MPV rather than the rather bulbous 'popemobile' of old. There's a similarity to its most obvious rival, the Honda Jazz, but there' [...]
2.0 CRD SXT manual - Some cars are difficult to pigeonhole, and at first glance the Dodge Journey is one of them. If you want the functionality of a 7-seat MPV combined with the rugged looks of a 4x4, but without the complexity and expense of 4-wheel drive, then the Journey could well be for you.
1.4 petrol & 1.3 MultiJet - Small MPVs are few and far between. With good headroom, easy access and a raised seating position they’re ideal for young families and senior citizens alike. Toyota’s slightly odd-looking Yaris Verso was one, but it never really caught on. Perhaps Fiat’s affordable and unusually-styled new Qubo will [...]
S 1.4 TDI - The Roomster is the least known of the current model line up at Skoda even though it has been an integral part of their family for several years and in many ways it’s easy to see why. There’s no doubt that the Roomster is the ugly duckling of the range, with windows that don’t match, odd lines, and [...]
1.6 and 2.0 MultiJet Eleganza - The passenger Doblo was launched back at the turn of the century and despite its unappealing appearance, Fiat has since sold a million of the van-based models across the globe. 2010 heralds the launch of the all new Doblo, and with its refined appearance and interior, better engines and even more sp [...]
Hyundai’s new ix35 is the Korean firm’s first crossover and is aiming to take on the compact MPV and small SUV markets at the same time. It also hopes to snatch some sales from mainstream hatches, such as the Vauxhall Astra, so the ix35 has its work cut out.
2010 - The Vauxhall Meriva moves up a size in its latest incarnation to take on the likes of the Citroen C4 Picasso and Ford C-Max. With its increased size comes a bold move to distinctive rear-hinged back doors for the Meriva, which Vauxhall says make access and entry to the rear seats a whole lot easier. [...]
2010 - It’s hard to believe that Volkswagen Sharan is now pushing 15-years old, yet here we are with only the third generation of the full-size people carrier. Volkswagen’s ‘don’t fix what ain’t broken’ approach means the new Sharan is not radically altered from the previous model, but there are plenty of [...]
2010 - The very similar Ford Galaxy, VW Sharan and SEAT Alhambra MPVs all appeared in the mid 1990s. Ford did its own thing in 2006 with an all-new Galaxy, and now VW and SEAT have at last responded with all-new 7-seater models. But is the new Spanish model the poor relation?
1.4 CRDi Active - MPVs have experienced a downturn in fortunes in recent years, with sales declining by 34% since 2005. The small, B-MPV segment, however, has increased its share of the market from 23.3% to 29.2% over the same period, and with this in mind Hyundai joins the fray in November 2010 with its all-new ix20 [...]
2.0 DISI Sport - Despite being the first and only MPV of its size to boast sliding rear doors, the four-year-old Mazda5 has slipped under most buyers’ radar. But with a new design, new engines and more, maybe this second-generation seven-seater will divert potential customers away from Ford, Renault and Vauxhall dea [...]
2011 - Ford has divided its C-Max range into two distinct models, with the standard five-seat C-Max reviewed here forming the foundations of the range. The larger Grand C-Max comes with seven seats and sliding side rear doors, but that’s not to say the five-seat model with it more traditional rear door arr [...]
2010 - The clue to this new Ford people carrier is in the name: Grand. It’s a stretched version of the standard C-Max, adding 140mm to the length, to fit in a third row of seats. This makes the Ford a rival, at last, for the likes of the Vauxhall Zafira and Volkswagen Touran while not treading on the toes [...]
2.0 Hdi - The Citroen C4 Picasso is a fine-looking, compact MPV that is practical, roomy and excellent to drive. The interior is an arresting site with quality materials and clever design features.
Peugeot has pitched the prices of the 5008 keenly against its rivals, so it should be on compact MPV buyers’ shopping lists. It’s also likely to hold its value as well as a Citroen C4 Grand Picasso, which is above average for this class thanks to the versatility of the car and some fine diesel engin [...]
2.0 Tdi Ecomotive - Named after the famous Moorish palace in Granada, Spain, the SEAT Alhambra is the third component of the Spanish marque’s Ecomotive range of greener vehicles. Although the car hasn’t changed aesthetically since the turn of the century the seven-seater can still hold its own thanks to perky performan [...]
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