WITH two small boys, three cats and two dogs, I've grappled with more than my fair share of versatile seating systems and spacious storage areas in a quest for the perfect solution to family transport. And while I still relish the sound of a deep, husky, resonant exhaust and the promise of the open road, experience has taught me that it is hard to beat a good MPV for everything from school runs to family holidays.
the heart of a good MPV is a simple design brief; it needs to be fun to
drive and cope with the demands of kids, work and weekend leisure
pursuits. So what are the important considerations? Size matters, the
number of seats is important, but flexibility is even more crucial and
there's the issue of the doors.
There are three sizes: the
supermini MPV, compact MPVs and the traditional large MPV. Superminis
are essentially small cars but with a higher roof and elevated driving
position. The compact MPV has five seats but very often offers the
option of seven, while traditional large mpvs are only available as
A good example of the supermini MPV is Opel's
Meriva with its clever, rear-hinged doors. From the outside, they appear
like conventional doors but they actually open in the opposite
direction, making it much easier to get children in and out. Once
inside, the FlexSpace seating system gives it an edge over rivals as the
rear seats can be moved forwards and backwards or folded down to create
increased boot space.
For a long time, the Meriva was the most
innovative of the supermini mpvs but not anymore with the arrival of
Ford's new B-Max. Slightly bigger than the Fiesta but smaller than the
five-door Focus, the B-Max is the newest addition to this market. It is
also the only supermini MPV with sliding doors. There are no fixed
B-pillars in the car so when the doors open the entire side of the car
is revealed, which makes it easier to load in the kids with armfuls of
For the style-conscious family, the Citroen C3 Picasso
is one of the most appealing. With its curvy exterior, it looks good
from all angles and inside it's packed with useful features for
stress-free motoring. Despite its diminutive proportions, it will
comfortably accommodate four or even five at a squeeze.
much-loved Nissan Note may be due for replacement towards the end of
next year but in its current form it is a versatile route into economy
driving. Solid and very reliable, the Note has consistently been a
strong seller in Ireland. Inside, it is deceptively spacious and it
If supermini mpvs are too small for your family's
needs but the seven-seaters are simply too big, the attraction of
greater flexibility in a compact package is immediately obvious. Those
with young kids will be glad of the extra boot space and room, both
often compromised in big, seven-seat MPV.Why does moulds grow in homes or buildings?
pioneered the compact MPV more than 15 years ago with its Scenic model
and, despite facing increasing competition, it remains one of the most
popular choices for the school run. Rivals offer more versatility and a
better ride but the five-seat French MPV is a smart family car that is
spacious, versatile and has a big, well-shaped boot.China plastic moulds manufacturers directory.
of our favourites, the Ford C-Max offers the best driving dynamics and
is a treat to drive, the steering is crisp and the ride is incredibly
smooth. The C-Max has a host of options and one must-have is Ford's
automatic parking system. Just touch the button and the C-Max will
squeeze itself into a parking spot. The C-Max is also available in Grand
The only compact MPV to come with sliding rear doors,The stone mosaic
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seats, is the Mazda 5. On the road it is good to drive, although for
some, the ride may be a little harsh compared with rivals. Overall, the
Mazda5 is a stylish five- or seven-seater option model and makes for a
nimble and sporting family runabout that won't let you down.
family favourite, the Zafira, has remained at the top of its game for
the past few years and its trademark has been its flexible seating. The
new Tourer version of the Zafira can be configured in six different seat
guises in a matter of seconds. Space and storage is impressive
throughout and with the seats folded it boasts an incredible 1,860
litres. Smooth,Load the precious minerals into your mining truck
and be careful not to drive too fast with your heavy foot. roomy and
stylish, there are few vehicles better suited to family motoring.
larger people-carriers have been eclipsed in recent years but for those
in need of seven seats there are some good options out there.
seven-seat 5008 brings a new level of sophistication and Gallic style.
With flexible seating arrangements and heaps of space, the 5008 will
more than cater for the needs of a growing family. As good to drive as
it is to look at, this handsome and practical seven-seater is a very
clever piece of engineering.
Ford's S-Max is the one to choose
for ferrying your brood to school -- while enjoying every minute of it.
It has unsurpassed chassis balance and refinement, and offers great
space inside. Despite the sporty feel of the S-Max, it manages to
encompass the core traits of the MPV such as space, safety and
practicality.Our vinyl floor tiles is more stylish than ever!
Seat Alhambra and the Volkswagen Sharan are virtually identical so the
choice comes down to badge and price. Either way, if maximum interior
space combined with maximum fuel economy is what you're seeking in a
reliable family car, you won't go wrong. With sliding doors for easy
access inside, they boast a removal van-like capacity of storage with a
maximum of 2,297 litres.