Vauxhall Zafira Tourer

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The Vauxhall Zafira Tourer is one of the most popular family MPVs available to purchase in the UK today, thanks to the space offered and pleasant ride.

Vauxhall’s Zafira Tourer model is priced from £21,375 and is available in the following trim levels: ES, Exclusiv, Energy, Tech Line, SRi, SE and Elite.

All models come well equipped, with base versions featuring air conditioning, DAB digital radio, CD player with MP3 format, cruise control, daytime running lights, aux-in socket, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, ESP, black roof rails and remote control central deadlocking.

Moving up the range brings additional features such as front fog lights, front and rear parking distance sensors, ambient lighting, USB connectivity, sat-nav, mobile phone system with Bluetooth, alloy wheels, dark tinted rear windows, sports seats, sports chassis, leather-covered steering wheel, heated front seats and panoramic sunroof/windscreen.

A host of petrol and diesel engines are available to power the Vauxhall Zafira Tourer, with power outputs ranging from 108bhp to 192bhp.

Depending on the version chosen, the Vauxhall Zafira Tourer will return average fuel economy of between 39.2mpg and 68.9mpg, while emitting between 109g/km and 169g/km of CO2.

With low CO2 emissions and a generous specification, we recommend the Vauxhall Zafira Tourer 1.6 CDTi 136 ecoFLEX S/S Exclusiv.

Fiat 500L

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The Fiat 500L is a larger version of the company’s popular 500 city car and can fit more people within, while still offering a pleasant drive and quirky looks.

Priced from £13,000, the Fiat 500L is available in four trim levels, which are Pop, Pop Star, Lounge and Trekking.

Standard equipment is plentiful, with all models receiving five-inch Touchscreen Uconnect Radio with Bluetooth, leather steering wheel with audio controls, leather gear knob, six airbags, ESC, front electric windows and Cargo Magic Space.

If customers opt for higher-spec Fiat 500L models, they will receive additional kit such as painted dashboard, air conditioning, alloy wheels, cruise control, Skydome sunroof, rear electric windows, City Brake Control and Traction+.

Four engines are available for use in the Fiat 500L: the 103bhp 0.9-litre TwinAir, the 94bhp 1.4-litre 16v, the 83bhp 1.3-litre MultiJet and the 103bhp 1.6-litre MultiJet.

Depending on the version chosen, the Fiat 500L will emit between 110g/km and 149g/km of CO2 emissions, while returning average fuel economy of up to 67.3mpg.

Our choice of the range is the Fiat 500L 0.9 TwinAir Pop Star, thanks to its low CO2 emissions, pleasant drive and generous level of equipment.

Ford C-MAX

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As with most models from the American manufacturer, the Ford C-MAX is one of the most popular large MPVs that can be bought in the UK today. The model is perfect for families and urban driving.

Priced from £17,655, the Ford C-MAX is available in four trim levels: Zetec, Titanium and Titanium X.

Standard equipment across the C-MAX range includes 16-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, front fog lights, Ford DAB Audio system, Ford SYNC (includes Emergency Assist, Bluetooth, voice control and audible text messaging), USB connectivity, heated windscreen and leather-trimmed steering wheel.

Moving up the trim ranges brings extra desirable features such as cruise control, automatic headlights, rain-sensing front windscreen wipers, larger alloys, ‘Ford Power’ starter button, ambient interior lighting, panoramic roof, partial leather seats, heated front seats and automatic Bi-Xenon headlights.

Numerous engines are available to power the Ford C-MAX, with a host of petrol and diesel units on offer. Power outputs range from 99bhp to 180bhp, with models producing between 117g/km and 149g/km of CO2 emissions.

With a generous specification, low CO2 emissions and competitive pricing, our pick of the range is the Ford C-MAX 1.6 TDCi 115 Zetec.

Vauxhall Meriva

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A new version of the Vauxhall Meriva made its way to the UK car market at the start of 2014, featuring exterior changes, new engines and increased specification.

The new Vauxhall Meriva is priced from £12,620 and is available in the following trim levels: Expression, S, Exclusiv, Energy, Tech Line and SE.

All models come well equipped, with base versions featuring ESP-plus, FlexDoors, twin front airbags, CD/MP3 CD player/stereo radio, aux-in socket, remote control central deadlocking, Flex Floor luggage compartment, FlexSpace flexible rear seats and driver’s seat height adjuster.

Moving up the range brings additional features such as USB connection with iPod control, full-size curtain airbags, air conditioning, cruise control, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, ambient lighting, alloy wheels, front fog lights, mobile phone system with Bluetooth, leather-covered steering wheel, panoramic glass roof, front and rear parking distance sensors and dark tinted rear windows.

A host of petrol and diesel engines are available to power the Vauxhall Meriva, with power outputs ranging from 74bhp to 138bhp.

Depending on the version chosen, the Vauxhall Meriva will return average fuel economy of between 39.2mpg and 68.9mpg, while emitting between 109g/km and 169g/km of CO2.

With low CO2 emissions and a generous specification, we recommend the Vauxhall Meriva 1.3 CDTi 95 ecoFLEX S/S Exclusiv.

VW Touran

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Bringing German engineering to the mini MPV segment, the Volkswagen Touran is a practical offering for families.

Priced from £19,565, the VW Touran is available in S, SE and Sport trims, with each coming well equipped.

Standard kit across the range includes 15-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, RCD DAB with eight speakers, ESC, remote central locking and a flexible seating system for that extra bit of space.

Moving up the trim range adds extra features such as leather multi-function steering wheel, heat insulated tinted glass, Multi Device Interface, Park Assist including front and rear parking sensors, front sports seats, dual-zone climate control, touch-screen radio and front fog lights.

The following engines are available for use in the VW Touran: 1.2 TSI 104bhp, BlueMotion Technology 1.6 TDI 104bhp, 1.4 TSI 138bhp, BlueMotion Technology 2.0 TDI 138bhp and the 2.0 TDI 175bhp.

Depending on the version opted for, the VW Touran will return between 41.5mpg and 61.4mpg, while producing between 121g/km and 159g/km of CO2 emissions.

We recommend the Volkswagen Touran 1.6 TDI 105 BlueMotion model, as it offers a generous specification, low CO2 emissions and a competitive price tag.

Renault Scenic

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Stylish and practical; the Renault Scenic is a popular model for customers in the UK looking for a larger MPV.

Prices for the Renault Scenic start at £19,155, with the model available in just one trim level: Dynamique TomTom. Although the French manufacturer launched the Renault Scenic XMOD, we have chosen to not focus on this crossover version and to turn our attention to the standard MPV.

Standard equipment for the Renault Scenic is plentiful, with models coming equipped with 16-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, leather steering wheel, LED daytime running lights, TomTom sat-nav, AUX/USB connection, extra tinted rear windows and front fog lights.

Numerous versions of the Scenic are available, with both petrol and diesel variants offered to customers.

The full Renault Scenic range is as follows: Dynamique TomTom ENERGY TCe 115 Stop & Start, Dynamique TomTom ENERGY TCe 130 Stop & Start, Dynamique TomTom ENERGY dCi 110 Stop & Start, Dynamique TomTom dCi 110 EDC Auto and Dynamique TomTom ENERGY dCi 130 Stop & Start.

Depending on the model chosen, the Renault Scenic will return average fuel economy of between 38.2mpg and 68.9mpg, while emitting between 105g/km and 174g/km.

With all models coming well equipped, our pick of the range is the most economical version, which is the Renault Scenic 1.5 dCi 110 Dynamique TomTom Stop & Start.

Ford B-MAX

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The Ford B-MAX is one of the most popular small MPVs that can be bought in the UK today. The model is perfect for families and urban driving.

Priced from £12,995, the Ford B-MAX is available in four trim levels: Studio, Zetec, Titanium and Titanium X.

Standard equipment across the B-MAX range includes body colour bumper, ESP, front passenger’s airbag deactivation, remote central locking, driver’s seat with manual height adjust and Intelligent Protection System with front, side, knee and curtain airbags.

Moving up the trim ranges brings extra desirable features such as alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, air conditioning, front fog lights, DAB digital radio/CD with AUX connection, leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear knob and Sony DAB radio/CD with Ford SYNC.

Numerous engines are available to power the Ford B-MAX. The petrol range consists of the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine, with a power output of either 99bhp, 118bhp or 123bhp, the 89bhp 1.4-litre Duratec unit and the 104bhp 1.6-litre Ti-VCT powerplant.

If a diesel-powered B-MAX is what you are after, then you could opt for either the 94bhp 1.6-litre TDCi or the 74bhp 1.5-litre TDCi.

With a generous specification and sub-100g/km CO2 emissions, our pick of the range is the Ford B-MAX 1.0T EcoBoost 125 Zetec S-S.

SEAT Alhambra

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The award-winning SEAT Alhambra is certainly a great choice for those looking for a large MPV, with the model voted ‘Best MPV’ by numerous magazines on multiple occasions.

Priced from £25,345, the SEAT Alhambra is available in three trim levels: S, SE and SE Lux, with each version coming well equipped.

As standard, all versions of the SEAT Alhambra come fitted with 16-inch alloy wheels, three-zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors, Hill Hold control, high resolution multi-function display, multi-function steering wheel and SEAT Sound System 2.0 with eight speakers, incorporating MP3-compatible CD player, FM tuner and Bluetooth audio streaming.

Moving up the trim levels brings additional features such as larger alloys, dark tinted rear windows, leather steering wheel and gear knob, cruise control, front fog lights with cornering function, USB port and AUX-in, black leather upholstery, heated front seats, panoramic glass sunroof and SEAT Media system 2.2, incorporating sat-nav, five-inch colour touch-screen, rear view camera, DAB radio tuner and SD card slot.

The following powertrains are available for the SEAT Alhambra: 2.0-litre TDI Ecomotive 138bhp, 2.0-litre TDI DSG-auto 138bhp, 2.0-litre TDI 175bhp and 2.0-litre TDI DSG-auto 175bhp.

Depending on the version chosen, the Alhambra will return between 47.1mpg and 50.4mpg, while emitting between 146g/km and 158g/km of CO2.

Our pick of the range is the SEAT Alhambra 2.0 TDI 140 Ecomotive S, which comes with enough equipment for most drivers and is competitively priced.

Citroën C4 Picasso

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The Citroën C4 Picasso is one of the most stylish models in the mini MPV segment, with its sleek looks and generous levels of equipment.

Available in four trim levels, prices for the Citroën C4 Picasso start from £17,505. The trim levels are named VTR, VTR+, Exclusive and Exclusive+.

Standard equipment across the range includes panoramic windscreen, dual-zone air conditioning, engine start button, ESC, Hill Start Assist, cruise control, aux-in and USB connections, 16-inch alloy wheels, seven-inch Touch Drive interface and six speaker stereo with USB and Bluetooth connectivity and steering wheel controls.

Higher-spec models come with extra desirable kit such as front fog lights, rear parking sensors, fold-down aircraft-style tray tables, DAB digital radio, larger alloys, leather steering wheel, keyless access and start, sat-nav, 12-inch panoramic HD central display and Park Assist.

Numerous engines are available for use in the Citroën C4 Picasso. The engine line-up comprises the following units: VTi 120 manual, HDi 90 manual, e-HDi 90 ETG6, e-HDi 115 manual six-speed, e-HDi 115 ETG6 and THP 155 manual six-speed.

Depending on the version chosen, the Citroën C4 Picasso will return between 44.8mpg and 74.3mpg, while emitting between 98g/km and 145g/km.

Our pick of the model range is the Citroën C4 Picasso e-HDi 90 ETG6 VTR+, with its sub-100g/km CO2 emissions, excellent level of equipment and competitive price tag.

Citroën C3 Picasso

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The Citroën C3 Picasso is one of the most stylish models in the mini MPV segment, with its sleek looks and generous levels of equipment.

Available in three trim levels, prices for the Citroën C3 Picasso start from £12,995. The trim levels are named VT, VTR+ and Exclusive.

Standard equipment across the range includes height-adjustable driver’s seat, stereo radio/MP3-compatible CD player with steering mounted controls and aux-in socket, four speakers, panoramic windscreen, ABS with EBD and EBA, remote central locking and driver’s and front passenger’s airbag.

Higher-spec models come with desirable kit such as alloy wheels, ESP with cornering assist fog lights, dark tinted rear windows, front fog lights, LED daytime running lights, air conditioning, rear parking sensors, leather steering wheel and Bluetooth system with USB socket.

Three petrol and two diesel engines are available for use in the Citroën C3 Picasso. The petrol line-up comprises the VTi 94bhp manual, VTi 118bhp manual, VTi 118bhp EGS6, while the diesel range consists of the HDi 89bhp manual and the HDi 113bhp six-speed manual.

Depending on the version chosen, the Citroën C3 Picasso will return between 44.1mpg and 68.9mpg, while emitting between 107g/km and 149g/km.

Our pick of the model range is the Citroën C3 Picasso 1.6 HDi 90 VTR+, with its low CO2 emissions, good level of equipment and competitive price tag.