For the ever-expanding family there can be no better choice than an MPV. Offering more space and practicality than even the largest of SUVs they might not be the sexiest cars on the road, but if ferrying you and yours is the task, they get the job done better than anything else. Take a look at our list of the best MPVs and people carriers for 2018 - built to make the perfect mum or dad's taxi!
It should come as no surprise, but the simplest MPV to drive on the list comes from Ford, with a low centre of gravity this vehicle handles more like a car than any of its competitors. Bear in mind efficiency isn't as good as it could be though, so if you want to save money at the pump it's best to choose one of the diesel engines. On the inside you'll find the intuitive SYNC 3 infotainment system with an 8 inch touchscreen and DAB, which is now standard on all vehicles in the range, as well as reasonably roomy seating, although the back row is a little tighter than some. There’s plenty to recommend Ford S-Max leasing, speak to one of our account managers today to find out more.
For those who love their Golf or Polo but need something bigger, look no further, Volkswagen's midsized MPV has very similar design traits to its smaller stablemates. The Touran excels when it comes to comfort, with best in class space and practicality, there's plenty of room for seven adults and luggage too. You also get loads of standard kit, including a touchscreen with DAB and smartphone connectivity- upgrade to the SE Family model for extra safety kit and a panoramic sunroof. Under the bonnet choose between a pair of petrols and three diesel engines, all of which offer decent performance and efficiency.
BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer
Could this be the plushest people carrier on the road right now? BMW have packed all the sort of quality materials, equipment and refinement that you’d expect from the Munich-based manufacturer in to a neat seven seat package. The other thing you’d anticipate is a more than decent drive, and the 2 Series Gran Tourer is certainly one of the most competent in the corners amongst its MPV rivals. Another feature that sets it apart is the option of all wheel drive, which is far from common in the sector, as well as a great choice of engines with two petrols and a trio of diesels offering a range of efficiency and performance options.
Squint and you might struggle to see the difference between this SEAT and its Volkswagen Group cousin, the Sharan, that's no bad thing though of course as they're both very capable vehicles. Plus, just as with the VW, you can expect loads of kit, even on the base model, including a 6.5 inch touchscreen with Bluetooth connectivity. The interior is also impressively spacious and wide sliding side doors make getting in and out nice and easy. On the road, the Alhambra’s sleek aerodynamic design means greater efficiency and a refined experience, this motor might not offer an exciting drive but it should provide a relaxing experience for passengers.
Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer
The Picasso is dead, long live the SpaceTourer- Citroen’s popular people carrier has had a rebrand. MPVs might not be the most alluring cars around, but in fairness this one does carry itself with a certain amount of Gallic style. The latest model features a new modern-looking front bumper and redesigned headlights. On the inside it's all about space and comfort with one of the roomiest cabins in its class, there's also a 12 inch dashboard touchscreen as standard and smart interior fittings throughout. This car isn't as nimble to drive as some of the others on this list but it more than makes up for that in other areas, click below if you'd like to know why we think it's the one of the best MPVs for 2018.
Vauxhall Combo Life
If some of the vehicles on this list are morphing in to SUVs, or at least aiming to bridge the gap, you certainly don’t get any of that nonsense from the Combo Life, this is every bit a van and has the practicality to prove it. Whether you choose five or seven seats you’ll get up to 2,126 litres of space to lug your luggage around, plus sliding doors to make piling people in and out a cinch. It’s hard to pick fault in this all new Vauxhall, if you’re looking for a real workhorse there aren’t many better machines out there right now. There’s a range of efficient engines, and as long as you don’t expect sporty cornering you’ll be reasonably impressed with the ride too.
Renault Grand Scenic
Renault have made a bit of a statement with the latest Grand Scenic design and it’s sure to divide opinion. However, whether you think it’s stylish or unsightly there is plenty to recommend this unique MPV. With impressive fuel economy and an agile ride, the seven seater Scenic looks set to rival the best in class on the road. Refinement isn't quite as impressive as some on this list but it handles well and you can have some fun from behind the wheel. On the inside there are loads of toys to keep you entertained like DAB and Bluetooth connectivity as standard and the interior is also one of the smartest in the class.
Chances are if you’re reading this then buying a car to set your pulse racing isn’t on the cards right now- and that’s lucky because you certainly won’t find too many thrills with the KIA Carens. Having said that, if you want a great value vehicle that majors on practicality, you could do a lot worse than this highly competent KIA, it’s the most keenly priced seven seater on our books. Choose one of the efficient diesel engines and those savings continue at the pump too, with fuel efficiency topping out at a claimed 67mpg. Whilst the drive won’t get anyone excited, you can expect plenty of comfort, are all your boxes ticked by a KIA Carens lease deal?