Overall Average Rating - 86.69%Position in the Top 100 cars - 28th
WINNER OF CLASS - MPV/Compact MPV
Each one of the models listed in the top five MPV/compact MPV list offers something different from the opposition. Retaining its title from last year, Volkswagen's Touran provides seven-seat practicality with discreet styling. You say there is no better all-round people carrier available in the UK. The second-placed Ford Focus-based C-MAX seats only five, but comes with a more dynamic package at tempting prices. In third spot is Vauxhall's Zafira, which majors on delivering the ultimate in compact-MPV versatility. The firm will be disappointed with its car's 51st place finish overall, although third in class shows the latest Zafira is more than a match for the competition. Fourth position goes to Citroen's Xsara Picasso. It's as old as the hills but, given its unfeasibly cheap prices, we're not surprised when you tell us it delivers fine practicality-per-pound. Due to the relatively low number of MPVs in the top 100, Renault's Scenic/Grand Scenic makes it into the top five here, despite a score that's below the class average.
Position in the Top 100 carsReliability: 73rdBuild Quality: 57thRunning Costs: 22ndPerformance: 34thBraking: 32ndRide Quality: 25thHandling: 41stPracticality: 13thComfort: 48thEase of Driving: 59th
“I've had a lot of niggles. However, economy is good and it can transport up to seven people with relative ease. It's spacious inside, and feels solid and safe.”
Mr Chris Christodoulou - Notts
“Perfect for a family with three kids, also possible to take two more friends/family in the back with the seven seats. The car has been bulletproof except for a failure in the electric windows. Size is very big on the inside (not much on the market is bigger) without be too big for town/parking. Performance is good from the 140hp diesel engine and handling is not too bad considering it's an MPV (I've got the sports suspension). We do a lot of European driving and the fuel consumption is very good. Calais to Switzerland on one tank (65lts. Excellent! Overall I would buy another, I just wish they would add the 4motion to the car - maybe the new Cross Touran could have that? The market is screaming out for a car that's 4x4 without being a 4x4 (ie Touran/SMax) type car!”
Mr Simon Moulder - Paignton
Manufacturer Verdict (Position - 15th)
Justifying its premium prices has always been a problem for VW. Most models in its range challenge for class honours, but if you want a cut-price alternative with similar strengths, you can opt instead for a VW-owned Skoda or SEAT. While the Czech firm's latest models trounce anything from VW in the Driver Power top 100, at least the German giant has trumped SEAT in the manufacturer rank.