top 5 people carrier and MPVs

family favourites multi-purpose vehicles (MPV) or people carriers are ideal if you've got a big family to move about

Finding a foothold in the car market thanks to their van-like nature, MPVs and people carriers are great for large families as they're big on space and seats.


  • enable large families to get around together
  • they have ample space
  • lots of room for people and possessions
  • less fashionable than newer car types
  • mpg returns aren’t the strongest
  • can be hard to park in a car park space
October 12th 2017
If you’ve read enough, search for your perfect people carrier/MPV

what is an MPV/people carrier?

An MPV, or ‘people carrier’ as they are more commonly known, is essentially a van a number of people can travel in, with seats inside rather than space, and windows on the side. Renault popularised the MPV/people carrier concept on these shores in the mid-80s. While Renault pushed the general idea on this side of the Atlantic, Chrysler did the same State-side with the Voyager 'minivan'.

which is the one for me?

As with any car segment, the basic principle for a people carrier has remained the same across the board, but design and features have been hugely refined over the years to add further style and driving quality. More van-like versions such as VW's Transporter have found popularity in certain quarters – particularly with the likes of campers and surfers – while smaller versions typically appeal to families of five or six. You can even get a supermini-sized MPV these days if you'd like one — the Ford B-Max and VW Golf SV are prime examples.

a crossover alternative

MPVs have fallen slightly out of favour of late, giving way to newer segments such as crossovers and SUVs, which are nearly as practical but marketed with a much more rugged, streetwise appeal. Yet if it’s sheer practicality you’re after, MPVs are hard to beat.

Now you’re ready to find your perfect people carrier/MPV

top 5 people carrier and MPV

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Vauxhall Zafira

The Vauxhall Zafira is the original, compact, seven-seater family car with some clever thinking.

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Ford S-Max

The Ford S-Max revealed itself a decade ago as a seven-seat, fun-drive and is still going strong.

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Vauxhall Meriva

Designed with everyday practicalities in mind, the Vauxhall Meriva offers family-friendly transport.

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Nissan Note

An MPV with small hatchback charm, the Nissan Note is packed with cost-effectiveness

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Citroen C4 Picasso

The Citroen C4 Picasso has a large amount of MPV practicality perfectly balanced with continental style.

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