08 October 2012 by Gareth Evans

  • Parkers top five seven-seat people carriers
  • Each has monthly tax bills* below £150
  • All are capable of returning over 50mpg

If you’ve a larger family or a lot of friends, you may be on the lookout for a car with seven seats. Running a big car doesn’t have to mean big tax bills, though.

Here we’ve picked out our top five people carriers and dissected the monthly costs to show you exactly how much they’ll cost a company car driver per month on the 40% pay scale.  

Volkswagen Touran S 1.6 TDI BlueMotion Technology

Why buy?

The Touran is a surprisingly good drive considering how large it is. It has excellent steering and feels balanced through corners, while the range of efficient engines are capable of providing low running costs thanks to clever BlueMotion Technology.

Fuel economy: 61.4mpg

CO2 emissions: 121g/km

Benefit-in-Kind: 18%

P11d value: £20,685

Monthly cost*: £124

Renault Grand Scenic Dynamique TomTom dCi 110 stop and start

Why buy?

The Grand Scenic is a very comfortable and practical people carrier that also boasts a five-star safety reputation and a generous level of equipment. It has a smooth ride and is a great car for very long journeys.

Fuel economy: 68.9mpg

CO2 emissions: 105g/km

Benefit-in-Kind: 15%

P11d value: £21,570

Monthly cost*: £108

Mazda5 1.6D TS2

Why buy?

The distinctive-looking Mazda5 is excellent to drive and has the benefit of sliding rear doors, meaning a boost in practicality. The 1.6-litre diesel engine in the model we’ve picked pulls well, is refined is seriously efficient.

Fuel economy: 54.3mpg

CO2 emissions: 138g/km

Benefit-in-Kind: 21%

P11d value: £20,485

Monthly cost*: £143

Citroen C4 Grand Picasso Edition e-HDI Airdream EGS6

Why buy?

The family friendly C4 is exceptionally comfortable and easy to drive. In this guise it benefits from a super-efficient diesel engine which is smooth and refined, while a clever semi-automatic gearbox also improves fuel economy.

Fuel economy: 57.6mpg

CO2 emissions: 129g/km

Benefit-in-Kind: 19%

P11d value: £21,595

Monthly cost*: £137

Vauxhall Zafira Tourer 2.0 CDTi ecoFLEX ES

Why buy?

When launched the Zafira was a top-class MPV which offered a seriously clever seating solution alongside a spacious interior and family friendly features. The latest Zafira Tourer builds upon that precedent with sharper styling and improved build quality.

Fuel economy: 55.4mpg

CO2 emissions: 119g/km

Benefit-in-Kind: 17%

P11d value: £23,245

Monthly cost*: £132

 

*Monthly company car tax bills are worked out on the 40% pay scale and include no optional extras. They’re calculated using the Parkers company car tax calculator.