Vauxhall sharpens up appeal of Meriva

Vauxhall claim to have invented the small MPV sector of the market when they launched the original Meriva in 2003. Eleven years later, it is one sector of the market that remains relatively strong.

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Fiat 500L aims to extend 500 appeal

Such has been the success of the Fiat 500, that the Italian manufacturer has turned its attention to extending the brand. The aim is to extend the 500’s popularity into a new sector by offering more accommodation and more doors to make the car a more versatile option for the growing family.

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Ford B-Max a convincing small MPV challenger

Ford has lacked a strong player in the small MPV market, until now. Yes, there was the Ford Fusion, but it lived somewhat in the shadow of mainstream models like the Fiesta and the Focus. But, now we have the B-Max.

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Ford B-Max opens up the MPV

Ford has shown off the new door system that will give greater access to their new B-Max small MPV.

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Vauxhall sharpens up the Zafira

The Vauxhall Zafira was one of the pioneers of a new smaller breed of MPVs (or minivans as our Transatlantic cousins would call them). Not much bigger than a car, the 1999 Vauxhall Zafira had room for up to seven passengers, with a particularly neat pair of rear seats that fold down to leave a completely flat load floor.

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Chevrolet Orlando: a lot of car for the money

You certainly get quite a lot of car for your money with the Chevrolet Orlando. For a price starting at £16,410 you get a sizeable MPV with three rows of seats taking a maximum of seven people.

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Hyundai turns up the appeal with small MPV

Hyundai say their aim with the ix20 was to produce a car “with the style of a supermini, the space of an estate car and the economy of a city car”. A bold aim, indeed.

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Suzuki's small family "crossover"

A year ago I brought you my first impressions of the Suzuki SX4, which is probably best described as small hatchback/SUV/MPV crossover. The model I tested then was the front-wheel-drive 1.6-litre. This time I had a chance to try the four-wheel-drive version with the new two-litre DDiS engine.

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Ford C-Max

With its latest C-Max, Ford has recognised there is a demand for different sizes of small MPV. Some people only need five seats. Others want the ability to pack extra members of the extended family and are looking for a family MPV that can accommodate seven.

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All-new Sharan unveiled

Volkswagen has opened the order book for its all-new Sharan with prices starting from £22,980 (RRP OTR) for the entry-level S 1.4-litre TSI model.

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Peugeot 3008 is quite appealing

I find Peugeot’s numbering system a little bit confusing when it comes to the double zero cars. I can handle 107, 207, 308, 407. But, the 1007 and now the 3008 don’t fit in immediately. That’s probably why the great-looking new Peugeot coupe will use letters RCZ instead of numbers.

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Ford Galaxy: civilised transport for six, or seven

I seem to be guilty of having preconceptions of road test cars lately. The prospect of driving a Ford Galaxy for some days left me wondering whether I really wanted to drive a small bus, usually with just myself on board.

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New Volkswagen Touran launched

Volkswagen has chosen the Leipzig Motor Show to unveil its refreshed Touran compact MPV.

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