Best people carriers and MPVs

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Here are the 10 best MPVs and people carriers to buy in 2015 - all with loads of interior space

If carrying passengers and luggage is the number one priority for you in a car, then an MPV (multi-purpose vehicle) could be a perfect choice for you - they offer huge amounts of space and often have seven seats.

People carriers and MPVs often feature clever folding and sliding seats to make the most of their interior space, as well as lots of storage cubbies and family-friendly touches. A normal family car will be enough for most, but for a large family or someone looking to transport lots of people, it's hard to beat an MPV.

In seven-seater MPVs, often the two rearmost seats are only really suitable for small children, or possibly adults on short journeys. Luckily they can often be removed or fold away neatly and the space can be used for luggage - and the best ones fold comepltely flat so sliding in bulky items is easy. 

Best 7-seaters to buy

The middle row of seats in many MPVs can be made up of individual seats, which come in handy for parents who need to fit three child seats.

Unless you’re going for one of the smaller MPVs on the market, diesel is usually the better option. Large people carriers are often heavy, so petrol versions will be thirsty. Diesels not only offer better fuel consumption, they also provide the extra torque required to power the car when it’s fully loaded and enhance its towing capacity.

Best 4x4s and SUVs

Driving fun is likely to be low down on the list of priorities for buyers in this market, although the class leaders belie their tall dimensions by delivering excellent handling, accurate steering and strong performance. The best MPVs will offer a car-like driving experience as well as massive carrying capacity.

Best people carriers and MPVs

Find out which MPV is right for you by clicking the links above and to the left.

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seat alhambra first? seriously? and I am a seat owner...

Impressively four Fords make the Autoexpress Best MPV list. No offence to Seat Alhambra owners but I can't understand Autoexpress obsession with this behemoth.
MPVs belong to a class of cars where purpose defines the looks hence the bulky and ungainly looks.
The little Ford manages to stand out in this list. The new 1L turbocharge unit is a welcome addition to an ageing and rather uninspiring line-up of petrol and diesel engines.
Sliding doors may improve access to the rear in tight parking spaces but I can't get over the absence of B-pillars.

You couldn't make this stuff up!

I diligently read this article but understand almost nothing. What kind of MPV is best to choose?

The best car for you depends on your personal circumstances. Don't choose based on anything you read here. AutoExpress is light entertainment, nothing more.

If you like a bumpy ride, go with the ford. If you like reasonable ride on suspension go with VW/SEAT but more boring inside than out. MPV side is very difficult, journalist always seems to like the Citroen C4 picasso because of its practical ability which it is not far off the ford for practical but the suspension which is a lot more smoother but depreciates so fast you might as well say you will have to buy another car from scratch because you will not get a penny back from it. Vauxhall Zafira is not a bad car but same again depreciates fast. A lot of cars do not come with spare wheel think about that too.