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Parkers overall rating: 3.8 out of 5 3.8
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Rivals

Mercedes-Benz B-Class

3.5 out of 5 3.5

The second-generation Mercedes-Benz B-Class is the first in a line of five models based on an all-new platform. The German manufacturer claims that its ‘compact sports tourer’ builds on the previous version’s merits of being versatile and spacious. It’s reputedly more comfortable and better to drive, while Mercedes states that the model has matured... read more

PROS

Comfortable and spacious interior, premium appeal, good engines, safety

CONS

Poor ride quality on some surfaces, dull handling, only really seats four adults, some cheap-feeling interior trim, niche appeal

Volkswagen Golf SV

4 out of 5 4.0

Few cars highlight the difference in car culture between the UK and Europe like the VW Golf SV – a mini-MPV that has sold ten times as well in Germany than here since it was launched. It rivals small MPVs like the Ford C-Max and Citroen C4 Picasso, with a flexible rear seating setup and large boot that should make it more attractive to families... read more

PROS

  • Practical
  • Easy to drive
  • Comfortable
  • Not an SUV

CONS

  • Not very exciting
  • Bigger than Golf hatch
  • No hybrid model
  • Not an SUV

There’s no doubting that the latest-generation Citroen C4 Picasso stands out from the crowd. The five-seater MPV has morphed into a futuristic looking machine, with a particularly eye-catching headlight treatment. Underneath that striking skin it’s built upon a brand new platform which enables more space for luggage and passengers than the previous... read more

PROS

  • Space-age looks
  • Practical
  • Economical
  • Good to drive

CONS

  • You may not like space-age looks
  • Fiddly digital control interface
  • Sparse entry-level model
  • 3D tail-lights not standard

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