Volkswagen Golf SV (2014-2020) review

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69%

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verdict: A Golf with useful extra practicality

With its high roof and boxy body, practicality is a strong suit for the Golf SV. But unlike some MPVs, this isn’t a van with windows; it’s also comfortable and comes with all the mod cons you’d expect. However, it doesn’t quite have the crisp handling of the regular Golf hatchback and its interior configuration isn’t as clever as some rivals.

Pros
  • Spacious cabin
  • Big boot
  • Comfortable
  • Safe
Cons
  • Not as versatile as some MPV rivals

Toyota Verso (2009-2018) review

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69%

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  • MPV
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 verdict: Robust, versatile all-rounder

Verso by name, versatile by nature: Toyota’s MPV is a highly practical car, but its credentials as a full seven seater are slim. The Verso boasts a large and well-shaped luggage area. It’s a safe, easy-to-drive car with decent levels of comfort and stability, and the cabin is a refined, if somewhat drab, place to be.

Pros
  • Well equipped
  • Versatile boot
  • Safe
  • Comfortable to drive
Cons
  • Marginal as a seven seater
  • Thirsty petrol engines
  • Iffy cabin plastics

Mercedes-Benz B-Class Plug-in hybrid (2020-) review

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69%

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  • MPV
  • Available new
  • Plug-in hybrid (PHEV)

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verdict: Both practical and economical

The B-class Plug-In Hybrid may look like a slightly frumpy MPV, but it certainly doesn’t behave like one. The plug-in hybrid power system opens up the potential for low running costs, especially if you make mostly short journeys. This is a great all-round family car, with plenty of space inside and a superb cabin.

Pros
  • Strong performance
  • Generous passenger space
  • Very safe
Cons
  • Limited EV range
  • Expensive to buy
  • Complex controls

Seat Alhambra (2010-2020) review

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68%

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verdict: Hugely practical full-size MPV

The Alhambra is hugely practical, with easy-to-use and flexible rear seats and an incredibly large load space. It’s very good to drive for an MPV, and most engines are able to cope with pulling such a heavy car along – with the exception of the underpowered 115bhp 2.0 TDI diesel.

Pros
  • Very spacious
  • Solidly put together
  • Frugal engines
Cons
  • Unwieldy to drive
  • 115bhp diesel is sluggish
  • Reliability concerns

Ford Galaxy (2006-2015) review

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68%

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verdict: Huge – and hugely practical

This full-sized MPV should give all the space and flexibility you need for typical family use. There’s huge boot space and versatility is better than the S-Max. The high-sided body affects driving stability a little, but not drastically so. It’s a Which? Best Buy.

Pros
  • Very spacious
  • Flexible interior
  • Good value for money
  • Good 3-8 year reliability
Cons
  • Lukewarm engines
  • Small boot when seven seats up

Volkswagen Sharan (2010-2021) review

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68%

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  • MPV
  • Available new
  • Petrol/Diesel/Mild hybrid

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verdict: Enormously practical seven-seat MPV

Despite showing its age in terms of styling, the Sharan remains a competent and comfortable large MPV. Few models offer such space for passengers; if that’s your main priority, the Sharan is worth close consideration. Be aware that many VW Group diesel engines built from 2009-2015 may be more polluting than officially stated, and cars could be recalled, so we do not recommend diesel versions of this car. VW says all affected new models have been withdrawn from sale, while Euro 6 engines comply with regulations.

Pros
  • Well-equipped
  • Spacious cabin
  • Convenient sliding doors
Cons
  • Feels a bit bland
  • Some engines feel underpowered
  • Not the most exciting to drive

Volkswagen Touran (2003-2015) review

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68%

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 verdict: Aging but very versatile

The Touran is very practical inside. When fitted with seven seats, it can accommodate up to four adults and three children fairly comfortably, and it’s a great load lugger. It feels secure and easy to drive, although it’s worth opting for one of the more powerful engines. Build quality, cockpit layout and interior design are all great.

Pros
  • Safe
  • Practical
  • Versatile interior layout
  • Strong diesel engines
  • Economical
Cons
  • Entry-level models are sparsely equipped
  • Feeling its age now

Vauxhall Zafira Tourer (2012-2018) review

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68%

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  • Petrol/Diesel/Mild hybrid

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verdict: Great all-round MPV

This is a large MPV with super-flexible seating for up to seven passengers and masses of room for both people and luggage. More than that, it’s a pretty impressive car to drive. Overall, this is a very credible family MPV.

Pros
  • Spacious for people and luggage
  • Functional premium-feel cabin
  • Good to drive
Cons
  • Rear visibility is poor
  • Boot space is minimal with all seven seats in use

Kia Carens (2013-2019) review

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67%

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verdict: Good but not cheap

It’s not just better-looking: the 2013 Carens has been improved all round. Roomy, practical and well equipped, it’s not a bad drive, although it isn’t as cheap as it once was and it’s neither the most economical nor most dynamic in its class.

Pros
  • Five roomy seats
  • Two more as standard; smart styling
Cons
  • Not the most economical
  • Pricier than it was

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer (2014-2021) review

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66%

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 verdict: A fine-handling, upmarket MPV

This is a very practical car for five passengers and their luggage, and has a premium-feeling cabin. It’s also fun to drive for an MPV, if somewhat firm over bumps. The availability of BMW’s xDrive 4×4 system makes it a realistic alternative to SUV crossovers such as the Nissan Qashqai, provided you can swallow the Active Tourer’s upmarket pricing. High CO emissions from a tested petrol model are a concern, though.

Pros
  • Spacious
  • Sliding rear seats boost legroom
  • Enjoyable to drive
  • Safe
Cons
  • Pricier than many rivals
  • Notchy manual gearbox

Toyota Prius + (2012-2019) review

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73%

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verdict: Efficient seven-seat hybrid

This is a decent MPV all-rounder. Most people won’t be buying a Prius+ for its driving performance – just as well as it’s sluggish and didn’t perform very well in our avoidance manoeuvre handing test – but this is a comfortable car with lots of interior space, and the potential for very low running costs.

Pros
  • Spacious seven-seat cabin
  • Low emissions and tax
  • Comfortable ride.
Cons
  • High price
  • Can be raucous when accelerating
  • Mediocre cornering ability.

Ford Galaxy (2015-2021) review

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72%

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 verdict: The complete MPV package

The all-new Ford Galaxy is as complete an MPV as it’s possible to get. It impresses in every respect, from its versatility, quality and driving experience. All of which makes it more of a shame that it let itself down in our lab tests with its very high NOX emissions, which sees it denied a Best Buy rating.

Pros
  • Ride comfort and refinement
  • Space for seven adults
  • Convenient seat-folding arrangement
Cons
  • High list price
  • High NOX emissions in our tests

Renault Grand Scenic (2009-2016) review

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71%

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 verdict: Spacious seven seater

The Grand Scénic is one of the best seven-seat options currently on the market. It comes with a very high level of safety and comfort equipment, a strong range of engines to choose from, and lots of space and load-carrying capacity. Shame it’s not cheap to run, and our tests highlighted high NOx emissions in the latest diesel model..

Pros
  • Large cabin
  • Seven seats
  • Large boot
  • Good safety
Cons
  • Not very economical
  • Seats not that comfy
  • High emissions in latest tested diesel

Ford S-Max (2015-2021) review

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71%

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 verdict: Great for families – and drivers

The S-Max is an excellent all-rounder: it’s nearly as big and practical inside as its Galaxy sister model, yet it’s as sporty to drive as many hatchbacks. It’s a Which? Best Buy.

Pros
  • Space for seven
  • Very refined
  • Fun to drive
Cons
  • Expensive to buy
  • Some engines are underpowered

Volkswagen Touran (2015-) review

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71%

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  • MPV
  • Available new
  • Petrol/Diesel/Mild hybrid

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 verdict: Still want that SUV?

If you value practicality, the VW Touran has it in spades. While MPVs in general have been declining in popularity over the years, the Touran reminds you why they’re ideal for families: it’s hugely spacious, adaptable and great for kids. It drives well, too – a bit like a VW Golf with seven seats.

Pros
  • Extremely spacious cabin and boot
  • Comfortable
  • Strong engines
Cons
  • Pricey
  • Very little luggage space in seven-seat mode

Ford B-Max (2012-2017) review

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70%

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 verdict: Small, cleverly designed, spacious

The sliding rear doors are the B-Max’s pièce-de-résistance: a great feature for family buyers who regularly have to secure children into car seats. A range of strong engines, smooth ride quality and sharp steering (all inherited from the Fiesta) make the B-Max an impressive small MPV to drive, too.

Pros
  • Very easy to get in and out of
  • Huge boot
  • Impressive engines
Cons
  • Rear seats don’t slide
  • Heavy rear doors

Hyundai ix20 (2010-2019) review

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70%

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  • Petrol/Diesel/Mild hybrid

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 verdict: Spacious, but not economical

For such a small car, the ix20 is immensely practical. Passengers will be comfortable and the boot is huge, despite it seeming to shrink slightly post-2015 facelift. While we found fuel consumption was some way off official claims, it’s not enough to stop it being a Which? Best Buy.

Pros
  • Masses of passenger boot space
  • Flexible layout
  • Reliable
Cons
  • Poor fuel efficiency
  • Limited visibility to rear
  • Facelift version has smaller boot

Ford S-Max (2006-2014) review

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70%

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 verdict: Satisfying but flawed MPV

The S-Max ticks lots of the boxes that other MPVs fail on. The S-Max is a sportier offering to drive than the larger Ford Galaxy but has slightly less space and versatility. Even so, it still has more room in the front and second rows than most rivals.

Pros
  • Great drive for an MPV
  • Comfortable ride
  • Pleasant cabin
Cons
  • Non-removable rear seats
  • Limited rear visibility

Toyota Verso-S (2011-2013) review

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70%

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 verdict: A small MPV with big practicality

The Verso-S has been rather overlooked in the marketplace, despite masses of practical appeal.

Pros
  • Easy to drive
  • Lots of interior space
Cons
  • Underpowered engine
  • No Euro NCAP rating

Mercedes-Benz B-Class (2019-) review

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69%

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  • MPV
  • Available new
  • Petrol/Diesel/Mild hybrid

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 verdict: Hi-tech family transport

The B-class occupies a position as the more practical, slightly frumpier sibling to the A-class – half-way between a hatchback and an MPV. It certainly has a lot of space inside, and the cabin looks and feels fantastic – even if the controls are a bit confusing. Overall, this is a great family all-rounder.

Pros
  • Huge passenger space
  • Great cabin feel
  • Lively performance
  • Very safe
Cons
  • Expensive to buy
  • Pricey options
  • Complex controls