Top 10: Van-based MPVs
If low running costs, comfort and practicality are key car buying considerations then you will want a van-based MPV. These modern packhorses for the road offer acres of space, while their wide doors and raised driving position make them suitable for drivers of all ages.
Practical, comfortable and efficient, these are the very best van-based MPVs you can buy right now.
Ford Tourneo Connect
Available with five or seven seats, the Tourneo Connect is easy to get in and out of, with a raised and comfortable seating position. The dual side sliding doors also make it easy to get children and shopping bags out when parking space is limited. Factor in the frugal fuel costs from the 1.5 TDCi diesel - returning an official 64.2mpg - and it’s easy to see why the Ford Tourneo Connect has been such a hit.
Toyota Proace Verso
The Proace Verso is well-equipped as standard, with all models getting automatic headlights auto windscreen wipers, cruise control and steering wheel mounted audio controls. Choosing the right model for your needs is simple too, with the range arranged by Shuttle, Family and VIP configurations. All are backed by Toyota's five-year 100,000 mile warranty.
The Citroen SpaceTourer provides van-like practicality with car-like fuel costs. There are three body lengths to choose from and the largest will carry nine in comfort, while also providing 1060 litres of boot space. Both the petrol and diesel engines are good to drive, while its five star NCAP rating and high levels of standard equipment make it an appealing family car choice.
Available with up to seven seats, the Volkswagen Caravelle is good to drive and comfortable over rough roads, with supple suspension. The 2.0 TDI diesels are refined and packed with torque, while economy will reach an official 47.1mpg for the most-efficient versions.
The Fiat Qubo is one of the cheapest van-based MPVs you can buy. Indeed you can get a new one for less than £13,000 and the flexible seating system makes it easy to get the most out of the van's 2500 litres of storage space. Twin sliding doors are fitted as standard, but with just five seats the little Fiat isn't as practical as some of its costlier rivals.
The Mercedes-Benz V-Class is as luxurious as it is attractive, with an upmarket appearance that makes it the go-to people mover for hotels and airport shuttle firms. Refinement is excellent throughout, while the switchgear and interior finish is as good as anything you'll find in the Mercedes-Benz car range.
The Peugeot Traveller is almost identical to the Citroen SpaceTourer and Toyota Proace, which means it's easy to drive and packed with useful equipment, which includes automatic headlights and a full size spare wheel. There are a few differences, however, with the Traveller only being offered in eight or seven seater configurations, while the three-year warranty is nowhere near as comprehensive as the one you get with Toyota.
Ford Tourneo Custom
It might not have the history of Volkswagen or the upmarket image of Mercedes-Benz, but the Ford Tourneo Custom remains one of our favourite van-based MPVs, thanks to its excellent handling and high quality interior. Nine seats are fitted as standard and the comfortable backrests and wide seat bases make them comfy on a long drive.
Volkswagen Caddy Life
Available with five or seven seats, the Caddy Life will carry a full complement of adults and luggage, while its low-thrills interior and tough plastics will cope with everything family life can throw at it. The Volkswagen Caddy Life isn't as plush or as refined as its compact van-based MPV rivals, but it delivers where it really matters.
Citroen Berlingo MPV
It might not win any admiring glances at the local golf club, but the Citroen Berlingo MPV is a brilliant family car, with high levels of standard equipment and a comfortable cabin making it a hassle-free daily driver. Add in its low fuel costs and affordable list price and the Berlingo MPV shines as a bit of a bargain.