23 Apr 2014
They’re not as fashionable as crossovers nor are they as practical as hatchbacks, but for those with large families or groups to drive around regularly, an MPV is still the go to vehicle. While at one time the key to success for manufacturers in the MPV market was simply space, today’s consumer is more sophisticated and wants a great deal more versatility from their car, according to Which? magazine.
The result is a bunch of MPVs with some very clever, well thought out interiors and plenty of safety features to help families feel secure. Those looking for MPV style used cars in Sheffield should put the following models at the top of their list for their all around comfort, value for money, flexibility of use and efficiency.
Citroen Grand C4 Picasso
The French brand has a good history in this class of car but its latest effort, the new Grand C4 Picasso, is its best yet. The car has won numerous awards already thanks to its polished and economical 1.6 litre diesel engine, sophisticated and uncluttered fascia and spacious cabin. The whole adds up to an effortless and rewarding drive. Add to this some folding seats that are easy to activate and a generous equipment list and overall this MPV is the one to beat for other manufacturers.
Where Ford put other manufacturers in the shade is its smooth, responsive handling. This is one of the few MPVs that can boast an impressive driving experience. With a sporty character, that makes it a little firmer to ride than the competition but the engine is refined while the interior has the requisite versatility, space and generous amount of kit to make it stand out against rivals. The 2.0 TDCi 140 Zetec engine is the pick of the bunch.
Kia is fast building a reputation for competent motoring on a budget and the Carens MPV lives up to this. While not outstanding in any one area, it offers very good value if you’re after this practical style of Used Cars in Sheffield. It’s neat rather than stylish and well provisioned for its sub-£20,000 price tag. The drive lacks excitement but that’s pretty standard for this class of car and, arguably, rear seat access could be improved, but the Carens has a lot to offer the budget conscious MPV buyer in Sheffield.
The Alhambra has been around for a few years now and is a lot of car to get used to manoeuvring around. However it boasts a roomy interior, refined engines, practical layout and low running costs. It’s also one of the most comfortable options for transporting around seven adults. The 2.0 TDI 140 Ecomotive S is the one to go for.
Vauxhall Zafira Tourer
The Zafira scores highly on its flexibility of layout but it’s also good value for money, with the Tech Line trim particularly well provisioned. The new 1.6 litre diesel engine is a big step up from its 2.0 litre predecessor, with a smoother power delivery and more refinement. It’s also a better option as a company car, with CO2 emissions below 110g/km.
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