Group 2: Supermini-MPVs
These cars combine the driving dynamics of a supermini with the versatility of a people carrier – and competition to reach the quarter finals is fierce.
EntrantsOVERALL WINNER - Citroen C3 Picasso (£12,445-£16,545)Honda Jazz (£11,058-£16,183) BEST FOR IMAGE - Mercedes A-Class (£14,735-£20,585) Renault Modus (£10,914-£14,635)Nissan Note (£10,600-£15,200)Kia Soul (£11,495-£16,155) BEST VALUE - Fiat Qubo (£10,250-£13,150)
Given that it’s only a few years old, the supermini-MPV class offers an amazing amount of choice. From budget models such as the Fiat Qubo to the prestige of Mercedes’ A-Class, there’s something for everyone.
And picking a winner isn’t easy. Kia bosses say the quirky Soul isn’t really a competitor in this market, so it’s a measure of how good the Korean model is that it’s at home here. In the end, it’s not big enough to win, but with a seven-year warranty and affordable pricing, it makes a strong choice.
The A-Class is stylish, spacious and practical. However, the high list price leaves it struggling to compete. At the other end of the spectrum is the Qubo. We’re big fans of its fun nature and simplicity. Yet for all its practicality, it lacks the interior quality and space to make the next round. The Nissan Note also fails to seize the initiative. It mixes a versatile cabin with sharp dynamics, although it doesn’t have the space to rival the two strongest contenders…
The Honda Jazz is effectively an incredibly well packaged and practical supermini. But while it has the driving characteristics of a nimble hatchback, it doesn’t offer the raw boot space of the class-leading Citroen C3 Picasso – and it’s the French model that sneaks into the quarter finals.
It blends the quirky appeal of the Soul with the family friendly touches of the Renault Modus. Factor in the most spacious interior, plus a decent engine line-up and a huge windscreen, and the Citroen is a worthy winner.
In this review
- 1IntroductionWe name best family car on sale in 2010’s biggest road test.
- 2Final: Skoda Superb vs Renault ScenicMPV champ meets our top hatch in epic battle. Will it go to penalties?
- 3Semi final 2VW Group duo have put in polished performances so far in our showdown. Now, they come together for a chance to take overall glory
- 4Semi final 1We’re only one round away from the final, and the nerves are jangling as French people carriers come face-to-face. So, which one gets the nod?
- 5Quarter final 4Skoda Superb vs Skoda Yeti
- 6Quarter final 3Kia Cee'd vs Volkswagen Golf
- 7Quarter final 2Renault Scenic vs Volkswagen Golf Estate
- 8Quarter final 1Citroen C3 Picasso vs Renault Clio Sport Tourer
- 9Group 8: Family hatchbacksPracticality, affordability, styling and driving fun... Buyers demand a lot from modern family cars. So which large five-door scores across the board?
- 10Group 7: Compact MPVsEuropean models dominate this sector of the market. Now, we reveal which flexible five-seater takes the glory on the global stage
- 11Group 6: Compact SUVsPractical, stylish and fun to drive, the latest small, road-biased 4x4s are ideal if you don’t plan to venture far off the tarmac. But which will qualify?
- 12Group 5: Compact family estatesGet a load of five of the most practical carriers on the market. One of these luggage-swallowing big hitters could go all the way!
- 13Group 4: Compact familyTo get through to the quarter finals from this keenly contested sector, our class winner needs to be an all-round star.
- 14Group 3: Budget family carsWhich models make the most financial sense? We bring together four of the best value buys in UK showrooms to name our winner
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