Family cars, which one is best for you?


MPV or SUV is a long-standing family car debate, but like most things, it depends purely on your lifestyle and budget.


The MPV is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a practical, flexible car. Multi-Purpose Vehicles or the ‘People Carrier’ have come a long way since the mid-80s. Built to be practical and economical rather than good looking, MPV’s are primarily aimed at families driving in urban areas. But, more recently they offer affordability and sleek designs, alongside practicality and all-important extra luggage space.

MPVs come in many options, offering a great deal of flexibility for families. MPV’s like the Ford B Max offers 5 seats and sliding rear doors; great for those with young children or reduced mobility. The Citroen C4 Grand Picasso offers up to 7 seats and sliding seats, a great feature for space and ease. The front passenger seat also converts into a table, handy for added living space. MPVs really have developed from the underdog family car into a car with enviable style and functionality.

SUV, the off-roader that’s becoming on-road popular

Sports Utility Vehicles, also known as the 4×4 or off-roader, are becoming increasingly popular. Targeted at those who are looking for space, luxury and design. Previously seen in the countryside, the 4×4 is now a growing trend for city living and school drop-offs. The Volvo XC90 is a luxury family SUV with up to 7 seats, 3 row access and a rear entertainment system for the kids. The Mazda CX-5 is a spacious SUV with radar cruise control, blind spot monitoring, and reduced running noise. SUV’s can almost be forgiven for their expensive running costs when they offer luxury and space, with the option of so many multiple family extras.

Which one is best for our family?

Nearly all car manufacturers have their own 5-7-seater cars, and each of them come with their own special features. So, the question is – do you want a practical, low running, fuel efficient 7-seater or something a little flashier and faster?

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