MPVs may have fallen out of fashion over the last few years, but they’re still a practical solution for families. Crossovers and SUVs are more popular these days, so you’ll be able to find a surplus of quality pre-owned MPVs on offer.
With lots of storage space, plenty of seating room and a quality view of the road ahead, these large models are perfect for families – and here are some of the best currently available second-hand.
The French firm is renowned for making practical and comfortable family cars, and the C4 Picasso – or more recent version the C4 SpaceTourer – fits that bill perfectly. Introduced in 2006, the curvy model is a smart choice in the MPV market, as its high safety rating and efficient engines make it a great overall package.
For that you get a car that has space for 5 as well as lots of storage room. If you need extra room, the C4 Grand Picasso/Grand SpaceTourer offers 2 extra seats in the rear.
Before being transformed into an SUV in 2017, the Peugeot 5008 was a capable MPV for the masses. With 5- and 7-seat versions available, the 5008 came with a series of fuel-efficient engines that allowed for smooth progress on journeys.
It comes with an impressive equipment list and gives a pleasant experience while on the move.
The short-lived Ford B-Max was based on the same platform as the best-selling Fiesta and was a competent mini MPV. The rear sliding doors allowed for easy access to the back seats, and it was supplied with the fuel-sipping EcoBoost petrol engine alongside other frugal diesel and petrol units.
It’s now been replaced by SUV-style models, but it’s practical layout and handy features make it a cheap and useful alternative in the pre-owned market.
As BMW’s small MPV option, the Active Tourer has plenty in its favour. It comes with a choice of engines, including a plug-in hybrid, and is perfect for families who want their car to have a more premium finish.
With features including BMW’s iDrive infotainment setup, stylish bodykits, a smooth driving setup and spacious interior, the Active Tourer is a quality option on the pre-owned market.
Introduced in 1996, the first Alhambra came with the same base design as the Volkswagen Sharan and Ford Galaxy, with space for up to 7 people. The newest version is again based on the Volkswagen and comes with plenty of room.
Fitted with a range of smooth engines, especially the diesels, the Alhambra is built to take people on long journeys in comfort.
Brought in as the replacement for the old Zafira, the 2011 Zafira Tourer was the last MPV from Vauxhall before it was replaced by SUVs. It’s a well-sized model that provided families with lots of space and useful features, including a Wi-Fi hotspot, LED headlights and driver assists.
Zafira Tourer models are fitted with a series of frugal engines to help keep you going. And there’s plenty of passenger space in the comfortable interior.
Fiat has tried to transfer the cutesy looks of the 500 supermini onto larger MPV and crossover models, and the 500L is the large MPV option. Offering a lot of space for its size, the 500L is available in both 5- and 7-seat layouts – with each version coming well-equipped.
Introduced in 2013, the 500L comes with a range of petrol and diesel units that are all relatively small in capacity but offer enough performance for getting your family around. After a 2018 update, original options have come down in price.
The Scenic started life as a smaller version of the original MPV – the Espace – and was the only compact MPV available in the UK when it was introduced in 1996. Since then, the UK has had 4 generations of the Scenic, with 7-seat Grand Scenic options also offered.
It comes with lots of space, plenty of equipment and a comfortable driving setup to accommodate families easily. Renault also provides a range of efficient engines across the models.
Inspired by the larger Galaxy and smaller C-Max, the Ford S-Max was introduced as a sporty alternative with sleeker styling – which was quite outgoing for an MPV. Fitted with seating for 7, the S-Max is a practical and comfortable model that in many respects is near the top of the segment.
Following on from the first generation’s debut in 2006, the S-Max was fully refreshed in 2015 – providing a range of efficient diesel engines alongside sportier petrol options and plenty of quality equipment.
The smaller of Volkswagen’s two MPVs, the Touran is both a reliable and comfortable MPV. Since its introduction in 20013, the Touran’s come with a range of petrol and diesel options that allow for smooth progression and good fuel economy.
With plenty of equipment fitted as standard, the Touran is a quality package that offers considerable passenger space as well as plenty of storage – with seating for either 5 or 7.