People carriers strive to be all things to all people. Here are our current favourites on the second-hand market
As MPVs fall out of buyers’ favour to be replaced by SUVs, there are plenty of these big family wagons to be had for bargain sums on the used market. Here are our top six sub-£5000 models:
1: Ford S-Max
The S-Max exhibits much of Ford’s traditional driving enjoyment, with decent handling, steering and grip as well as a pliable and comfortable ride. The huge seven-seat cabin is highly versatile, and the rear five chairs even all fold down to give a flat extended load area. Fantastic value for money.
We found: 2.0 TDCi Zetec (2007), 80,000 miles, FSH, £4995
2: Citroën C3 Picasso
It may be the smallest car here but the Citroën C3 Picasso is a true five-seater, and its sliding rear bench gives its big boot even more versatility. A good ride means long, loaded-up journeys go by in comfort, and visibility out is superb. Cheap to buy and run, with an economical engine.
We found: 1.4i VTR+ (2009), 39,000 miles, FSH, £4592
3: Volkswagen Touran
While its styling is a little boxy inside and out, the competent seven-seat Volkswagen Touran can’t be faulted for its build quality or good engine range, and it’s a great multi-tasker. Its third row of chairs can fold flat into the floor, and the second row tumbles, slides and folds, too.
We found: 2.0 TDI Sport (2008), 85,000 miles, £4737
4: Citroën Grand C4 Picasso
Citroën’s second top-six contender proves the French manufacturer’s strength in this market segment. The Grand C4 Picasso majors on cruising comfort, if not great handling. If you’re not too worried about hooning though the bends, you’ll still enjoy the contemporary and innovative interior whose neat touches make this MPV super-versatile.
We found: 1.6 HDi VTR+ (2008), 46,000 miles, FSH, £4999
5: Vauxhall Zafira
It’s pretty ubiquitous, but the Vauxhall Zafira’s very popularity in the new market means there is plenty of used choice. Equipment levels are fairly basic at the cheaper end of the model range, but the higher specs have practical, spacious and flexible cabins and a fold-flat third row.
We found: 1.8i Design (2012), 63,000 miles, FSH, £4982
6: Toyota Previa
The large but stylish Previa MPV boasts Toyota’s renowned reliability. You could even spec it as an eight-seater when new, so the seven-seat version offers more than enough space for passengers and kit. Comfortable, refined and not bad to drive, either.
We found: 2.0 D-4D T3 (2004), 78,000 miles, FSH, £5000