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In fact, in recent weeks, there has been a shift away from convertible cars which are usually more prominent in the market place in summer, to the more family-focussed MPV sector. After all, with the unreliability of the British summer, it pays to have a vehicle which can house a family picnic if necessary!
There is a wide variety of MPVs currently available on the market and it is a sector which has grown significantly over the years to cater to all tastes and requirements, so whatever your needs, they can usually be met.
Key features of an MPV which make them appealing to the masses include sliding doors, sliding seats, a high seating position, a substantial boot and low running costs – if you can find an MPV which combines all these factors for a reasonable price, you’re laughing.
Take a look below at the Trusted Dealers pick of the best three MPVs to drive this summer.
Citroen Nemo Multispace
The Citroen Nemo Multispace takes first position as the fastest selling MPV currently on the market proving that customers are more interested in value for money and low running costs than purchasing a stylish, multi-functional model. Instead, it is practicality that buyers are looking for as well as a decent amount of space and good fuel economy. The residual value on this vehicle is also good which means you’ll cash in when it comes to re-sale.
The Seat Alhambra is another popular MPV and won the What Car? award for MPV of the Year 2013. Seat has created an MPV which is just as practical and good to drive as its VW counterpart, the VW Sharan, but at a fraction of the cost. It offers a huge amount of space inside and is highly practical with folding rear seats and easy access. Get behind the wheel and you’ll enjoy a refined and smooth ride too.
Ford Grand C-Max
The Ford Grand C-Max remains popular in the MPV market due to its trusty Ford badge which promises to deliver to its customers a practical, value for money workhorse. Handling of the C-Max is the best in its class and it is great fun to drive too. Step inside the cabin and you’ll discover a slightly different seating arrangement to the norm – the middle seat of the second row can be folded away to allow easy access to the rear seats – something that might not appeal to everyone but we think is pretty nifty. The easy to fold seats and the sliding rear doors make life much easier when getting the kids in and out. Running costs are also low meaning its cheap to own and run.
In general, buyers are currently favouring smaller MPVs for the same reasons that the demand for city cars and superminis has increased. All of these types of car offer their customers better value for money when it comes to general running costs, fuel economy and residual value.