Best used MPVs 2013
Best used MPV less than £6000
Citroen Grand C4 Picasso 1.6 HDi VTR+ ('07/07)
Dealer price £5500
Private price £5200
Official fuel economy 47.9mpg
CO2 emissions 155g/km
Annual road tax £175
Insurance group 13
Euro NCAP rating Pre-2009 test gave five stars for adults, three for children
There are plenty of used MPVs available for less than £6000 but none offers such an impressive blend of space, practicality and style as this Grand C4 Picasso.
Though the third row of seats is best suited to children, the first two rows can seat five adults in comfort, including three full-size middle-row seats (each with Isofix) that individually slide and recline to maximise either occupants' comfort or the boot space. The third row folds flat, but even when it's in use there's still space for a bit of luggage or a slim-folding pushchair.
The 1.6-litre diesel has enough power to transport seven without struggling, while VTR+ trim includes alloy wheels, air-con, a CD player and electric windows.
Best used MPV more than £6000 – and category winner
Ford S-Max 2.0 TDCi Zetec ('09/09)
Dealer price £10,900
Private price £10,000
Official fuel economy 47.1mpg
CO2 emissions 159g/km
Annual road tax £175
Insurance group 19
Euro NCAP rating Pre-2009 test gave five stars for adults, four for children
The Ford S-Max is the MPV for people who think they don't like MPVs: as well as offering the necessary space and practicality, it also gives a genuinely satisfying driving experience.
The first two rows of seats provide lots of leg- and headroom for adults, and the third row is perfect for kids. All five rear seats fold flat into the floor when they're not needed, and the generous boot space when only the front two rows are in use means you carry a family of five and their holiday luggage with ease. Even with seven on board, there's still space for a slim-folding pushchair and a few bags if you pile them high.
The weight of seven people and their luggage calls for a strong engine to keep things moving, but it also has to be affordable to run. Ford's 2.0-litre 138bhp diesel is ideal. It can move propel the S-Max over the steepest hills but you won't need too many trips to the pumps.
Zetec trim, which includes alloy wheels, air-con and a CD player, will keep you comfortable and ensure a decent retained value when you come to sell your car on.
The S-Max isn't quite as reliable as other Ford models but there are no major concerns. Only 24% of all examples in our reliability survey recorded any failures (of these, electrical and engine issues were the most common).
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