Best for practicality

Which car offers the best versatility. We ‘throw it all in and go’ to find out.

Category: Practicality

People, luggage, bikes and rubbish – just some of thing you tell us are carried in your cars all of the time.

To get to the top of the Driver Power practicality chart, cars have got to offer acres of room inside but also need to make the most of the available space with clever folding seats and hidden storage areas.

Does your car only have room for a couple of bags of shopping or a passenger? Then we are sorry to say you’ll find it at the bottom of this ranking.

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Leading the practicality pack is Ford’s S-MAX, which manages to offer seven seats, the option to fold all the chairs away to leave a huge luggage area and plenty of cubby space into a conventional family car sized package.

A staggering score of nearly 98 per cent shows just how widely appreciated the Ford’s carrying capabilities really are.

Honda’s previous generation Jazz takes second place. Despite its supermini proportions, the Honda’s amazing versatility makes it more useful than many models from the class above. 

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At the bottom of the practicality rank you’ll find two models from the same manufacturer that really should do better – the first and second generation MINI have both left drivers crying out for more space.

What you said: "I love the S-MAX, it is just so practical with a young family and still drives well, other MPV style cars all feel like a bus to drive." - S-MAX Owner

"The best car I've ever owned, amazing space inside and so easy to drive in town or on motorways" - Honda Jazz Owner

1

FORDS-MAX97.93%

2

HONDAJAZZ OLD97.47%

3

SKODASUPERB NEW97.18%

4

HONDAJAZZ NEW97.17%

5

SKODAOCTAVIA NEW96.62%

6

VOLKSWAGENTOURAN96.51%

7

CITROENC4 PICASSO96.33%

8

VAUXHALLZAFIRA NEW95.47%

9

SKODAYETI95.21%

10

HONDACR-V MKIII94.95%

11

CITROENXSARA PICASSO94.51%

12

MERCEDESA-CLASS NEW94.40%

13

FORDMONDEO MKIV94.29%

14

MAZDA6 NEW94.00%

15

KIACEE'D93.13%

16

VAUXHALLMERIVA OLD92.79%

17

NISSANQASHQAI92.44%

18

RENAULTSCENIC/GRAND SCENIC MKII92.43%

19

NISSANNOTE91.89%

20

VauxhallINSIGNIA91.36%

21

LAND ROVERFREELANDER NEW91.28%

22

MAZDA6 OLD91.24%

23

SAAB9-5 OLD90.96%

24

FORDMONDEO MKIII90.88%

25

HYUNDAII30 (clean)90.86%

26

HONDACIVIC MKVIII90.76%

27

SKODAFABIA NEW90.51%

28

TOYOTAAVENSIS OLD90.43%

29

SEATALTEA90.31%

30

VAUXHALLVECTRA MKIII89.32%

31

MERCEDESE-CLASS MKIII89.21%

32

SEATLEON MKII88.90%

33

VOLKSWAGENGOLF MKVI88.68%

34

FORDC-MAX OLD88.39%

35

FIATPANDA88.35%

36

AUDIA6 MKIII88.35%

37

RENAULTLAGUNA MKIII88.00%

38

VOLKSWAGENPASSAT 2000-200587.63%

39

VOLKSWAGENGOLF MKV86.81%

40

FORDFOCUS OLD86.61%

41

FORDFOCUS 1998-200486.55%

42

VOLKSWAGENPASSAT OLD86.46%

43

NISSANMICRA MKIII86.19%

44

HONDACIVIC MKVII86.18%

45

MERCEDESE-CLASS MKIV86.03%

46

JAGUARXF85.98%

47

VAUXHALLASTRA MKVI85.96%

48

LAND ROVERFREELANDER OLD85.85%

49

TOYOTAAURIS85.20%

50

ROVER7585.06%
 

51

PEUGEOT30784.76%

52

BMW5-SERIES MKV84.67%

53

VOLVOV5084.62%

54

AUDIA4 MKIV84.38%

55

TOYOTACOROLLA84.07%

56

CITROENC5 NEW84.00%

57

HONDAACCORD MKVII84.00%

58

MERCEDESC-CLASS MKIII83.92%

59

TOYOTAYARIS NEW83.89%

60

FIATPUNTO83.23%

61

VOLKSWAGENPOLO MKIV83.06%

62

RENAULTMEGANE MKIII82.66%

63

AUDIA4 MKIII81.98%

64

JAGUARX-TYPE81.68%

65

AUDIA381.46%

66

VAUXHALLCORSA NEW81.41%

67

RENAULTCLIO MKIII81.35%

68

FORDFIESTA MKV80.97%

69

SAAB 9-380.93%

70

RENAULTMEGANE MKII80.92%

71

MERCEDESC-CLASS MKII80.76%

72

FIATBRAVO80.63%

73

SEATIBIZA MKIV80.37%

74

VOLVOS6080.34%

75

FORDFIESTA MKVI80.00%

76

PEUGEOT20780.00%

77

VAUXHALLASTRA MKV79.92%

78

AUDIA579.70%

79

HYUNDAICOUPE79.38%

80

FIATGRANDE PUNTO78.81%

81

MAZDA2 NEW78.46%

82

FIAT50078.00%

83

CITROENC4 OLD77.85%

84

VAUXHALLCORSA OLD77.80%

85

BMW3-SERIES MKIII77.76%

86

VOLVOS4077.25%

87

ALFA ROMEO15976.83%

88

ALFA ROMEO15676.62%

89

BMW3-SERIES MKIV76.55%

90

VOLKSWAGENSCIROCCO75.71%

91

RENAULTCLIO MKII75.00%

92

JAGUARS-TYPE73.86%

93

AUDITT/ROADSTER NEW72.05%

94

MAZDARX-871.69%

95

BMW1-SERIES70.90%

96

LEXUSIS NEW70.88%

97

FORDKA OLD70.57%

98

MAZDAMX-5/RC MKIII67.67%

99

MINIONE/COOPER/COOPER S NEW63.90%

100

MINIONE/COOPER/COOPER S OLD59.69%

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