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MPV stands for Multi Purpose Vehicle, and it’s a term describing a large, tall hatchback with more space than a conventional car. Also known as people carriers, MPVs come with either five or seven seats, flexible seating arrangements and lots of space for passengers and luggage alike. Many buyers have moved away from MPVs towards more popular SUVs, but used MPVs for sale still have practicality and affordability on their side. Why not see what we reckon are the best MPVs you can buy today?
The main reason you buy a used MPV car is because you want the maximum amount of space for the money. MPVs are taller and often wider than other family cars but aren’t usually that much longer, with clever packaging allowing them to maximise the space without them being hard to park or drive. The best MPVs are often roomier than SUVs, particularly seven-seat MPVs with more space in those rear seats for adults, while they have lots of clever storage touches. But they don’t cost the earth to run, either. MPVs aren’t considered ‘cool’ nowadays, but for people that don’t mind that they make great value family carriers.
Few family cars can match the van-based MPV for comfort, space or value. Easy to drive, good on fuel economy and roomy enough to carry up to seven people in comfort, these practical people movers have lots to offer used car buyers operating on a budget.
Prices start around £6000 and all of these family cars offer good comfort and lots of storage space. The low loading floor also makes these cars good options for older drivers who need a wheelchair-friendly car. From the Ford Tourneo Connect to the Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Life, these are the cheapest and best van-based MPVs you can buy right now.
There are less MPVs available to buy new nowadays, but there is still a huge range of used MPV cars for sale. Smaller MPVs such as the Mercedes B-Class and BMW 2 Series Active Tourer offer plenty of space for five in a compact body, while mid-size MPVs such as the Volkswagen Touran and Ford S-Max often two extra seats for occasional use. Van-based MPVs such as the Citroen Berlingo offer great value and space, while the SEAT Alhambra and Ford Galaxy are great if you need to carry seven adults.
You’ll want to make sure that any used MPV you buy has enough space for your needs, as some smaller MPVs only have five seats and a relatively small boot. MPVs are usually owned by families with small children, so make sure the interior is in good condition and not damaged by excess wear and tear. People carriers are also often used as minicabs, so be wary of cheap used MPV cars for sale with unusually high mileage.
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