Best new Family Mini MPVs – Mini MPVs are a relatively new addition for car manufacturers that have tried to think of new and imaginative ways to make bigger cars smaller. Essentially, a mini MPV has all the plus points of a small hatchback, in terms of its small size, but with a clever interior space to maximise room and comfort, with tonnes of innovative storage solutions. All of this makes mini MPVs the perfect family cars.
These days, nearly all of the major manufacturers will have a mini MPV in their range and all with their own little deals to entice customers into their models in what is becoming a very competitive car buying sector. Below is our guide to 5 of the best new family mini MPVs in the market today…
The Soul is a practical small car, looks a bit quirky and has excellent specification levels. This is what sets it apart from many cars in its class and makes it ideal as a new family car. Although it isn’t much longer/wider than a Vauxhall Corsa, it is usefully spacious and stands out for people who’d rather choose something more distinctive that a standard small hatchback.
The Soul comes in either petrol or a diesel engine and you will also be rewarded by Kia’s fantastic 7 year/100,000 warranty from new.
The new Meriva is a massive improvement on its older brother in terms of size and practicality making it an ideal new family mini MPV. The first Meriva was a budget value small family car but was found wanting in many areas, not least quality and refinement. This model is considerably larger than before, but the big talking point is the rear-hinged side doors that are a genuinely useful feature and make getting into the back or fitting a child seat much easier.
The Meriva also comes with a good range of petrol and diesel engines and a fairly impressive interior. It has an easy-to-use layout and good quality materials borrowed for the Astra and Insignia.
Citroen C3 Picasso
The new C3 Picasso sets out to create something that offers practicality on the inside with an individual image and funky styling on the outside. The styling sets it apart from anything else this size while its clever use of space and excellent visibility give it an edge over alternatives like the Nissan Note and Vauxhall Meriva.
There is a choice of one diesel engine and 2 petrol engines, all of which are pretty economical. For practicality and versatility and as a small family car, there are few better than the C3 Picasso.
Although many people may not like the styling of the new Skoda Roomster, you can’t deny it’s a very good car, and practical. The back seats can slide or fold flat to create extra passenger or luggage space making it ideal for families. Similarly, the middle seat in the back can be removed to allow for space for passengers on either side in the back. Also, the specifications and equipment levels from standard make it even better value for money for those of you looking for a family mover.
The Roomster is available with one petrol or one diesel engine and various trim levels to suit all budgets.
The Qubo has tried to disguise its van like design, but everyone can still see what it is based on, the Fiat Fiorino. However, it’s not like a van, it is much more sophisticated and refined than that.
The interior is neatly finished and has a whole lot of family friendly features, practicality and on top of this; the car drives very much like a hatchback.
The Qubo should make sense to families, considering it comes with a range of environmentally friendly, small petrol and diesel engines so running costs will be low.