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Now that school has started again, many MPV drivers will find themselves thanking their lucky stars they’ve got a spacious, adaptable car to escort their kids from A to B safely with maximum ease.
Most MPV cars come with sliding doors, and the space inside the cabin is highly adaptable. For example, seats can be slid forward or back depending on the amount of people you need to accommodate at any given time. The boot can also be made larger for all those essential holidays accessories – bikes, scooters, fishing rods – you name it!
This month, Warranty Direct has revealed five of the best-performing MPVs to score the highest marks in its Reliability Index, which is based on its own warranty claims statistics. The Reliability Index takes into account statistics such as how frequently a car goes wrong, how much it costs to repair, how quickly it can be repaired and also the average age and mileage of the model. The lower the reliability index score, the better the car is performing.
Take a look below at Warranty Direct’s top five most reliable MPVs.
The top score goes to an old favourite of families across the country who are on a budget. With a low reliability index of just 37, the Berlingo Multispace is also the cheapest car to repair with an average cost of just £199.54. The Berlingo Multispace certainly has plenty of space on offer. and can seat 5 adults comfortably as well as sporting a huge boot. It’s cheap to buy too and there are some cracking deals available on used cars.
The Ford C-Max is the newest MPV to score highly in the reliability survey. With a top score of 49, it is the second most reliable MPV on the market with an average repair cost of £288.54 which is very reasonable considering how new it is. The Ford C-Max is a great choice of car if you’re looking for a fun drive and you need more space than a conventional small family car, furthermore, it has a huge boot.
Another Citroen car to make the top 5 is the much-loved Citroen Xsara Picasso. Despite the eccentric styling, the interior is very flexible and with a score of just 52, the Xsara has proved its reliable too. With an average repair cost of just £215.34, the Xsara is an excellent choice if you’re looking for an MPV which is comfortable, spacious, well equipped and cheap.
The Chevrolet Tacuma taking fourth place in the survey was quite a surprise, sporting a reliability index of just 55. However, the average repair cost is high at £482.62. There are plenty of other MPVs on the market we’d probably recommend over this one, but all things considered this is a no frills mid-sized MPV that quite simply does what it says on the tin and does it more cheaply than Citroen and Renault.
The Renault Scenic was the first car to introduce us to the concept of a mini MPV, and since its introduction back in 2003, the mini MPV has continued to be a hit amongst small families looking for more space and flexibility than the average supermini. Scoring just 70 in the reliability survey, the second-generation Renault Scenic remains an attractive buy with average repair costs of just £285.93.