Top 10 family car bargains

1. Citroen Xsara Picasso 1.6LX

2001/Y 90,000 miles

Typical price: £1,450 (Independent dealer)

Price when new: £12,795

The Xsara Picasso, launched in 2000, is a versatile and comfortable five-seat, and has been so successful it is still on sale today. This means there should be one to suit all budgets ranging from £1,000 for the earliest examples to just under £8,000 for those less than a year old.

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2. Fiat Multipla 1.6 ELX

2000/W 100,000 miles

Typical price: £1,240 (Independent dealer)

Price when new: £15,026

Fiat's bizarre looking Multipla is a compact and practical six-seat people carrier. The middle seat in the front is set back slightly allowing three abreast seating front and rear. It already has a huge boot accessible through its vertical-sided tailgate, but rear seats are also removable allowing even more to be carried. 

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3. Vauxhall Zafira 1.6 Comfort

1999/V 110,000 miles

Typical price: £1,660 (Independent dealer)

Price when new: £15,695

The Zafira was the first compact people carrier whose third row of seats could disappear into the floor when not used. It means that when you only need to carry five people, the boot is large enough to take all manner of items associated with family life.  

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4. Honda Jazz 1.4 SE

2002/02 80,000 miles

Typical price: £2,365 (Independent dealer)

Price when new: £10,295

The Jazz has far more room inside than its compact dimensions suggest and has some versatile seating arrangements that makes it a great all-rounder whether you need to carry people or flatpack items from Ikea. The Jazz is cheap to run and is exceptionally reliable.

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5.Citroen C8 2.0 HDi LX

2003/53 70,000 miles

Typical price: £4,230 (Independent dealer)

Price when new: £18,300

The Citroen C8 is essentially the same vehicle as the Peugeot 807 and Fiat Ulysse of the same period. It performed very well in official crash tests at the time and can carry up to seven people with some luggage. With prices starting at a little over £4,000 for diesel versions they represent excellent value.

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6. Nissan Note 1.4 SE

2006/06 40,000 miles

Typical price: £4,615 (Independent dealer)

Price when new: £10,990

The Note has a clever, family-friendly interior. It is roomy, well equipped and cheap to run. As well as offering an alternative to versatile cars like the Vauxhall Meriva, its driving behaviour so well mannered it could tempt people out of conventional hatchbacks like the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra.

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7. Skoda Roomster 1.4 2

2007/07 30,000 miles

Typical price: £5,585 (Independent dealer) 

Price when new: £11,507

The strange looking Roomster is and extremely practical small car offering immense flexibility between passenger space and luggage space. The rear seats slide and recline; any of the three individual seats can be folded or removed. It's easy to drive and three-year-old versions can be found at half their original price.

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8. Volkswagen Golf Plus 1.6 FSI S

2005/55 50,000 miles

Typical price: £5,455 (Independent dealer)

Price when new: £14,785

The Volkswagen Golf Plus has many of the virtues of the standard Golf, but with a little more space making it an excellent family car. Remarkably, used values of this car are typically a little lower than the equivalent Golf. Diesel versions typically show much higher mileage than petrol models.

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9. Toyota Corolla Verso 1.8 T3

2004/54 60,000 miles

Typical price: £5,360 (Independent dealer)

Price when new: £16,995

The seven-seat version of the Corolla Verso, launched in 2004, was Toyota's take on the Vauxhall Zafira. With fold-flat third row seats and Toyota's excellent reputation for reliability, the seven-seat Corolla Verso has been a popular family car and an attractive used car. 

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10. Ford S-MAX 1.8 TDCi LX

2006/06 40,000 miles

Typical price: £9,295 (Independent dealer)

Price when new: £17,770

S-MAX owners selling privately normally offer much lower mileage cars than those available in the trade. The most common engine to be found is the 1.8 TDCi diesel which has plenty of power. The S-MAX is one of the few seven-seat people carriers that appeals to those who enjoy driving. 

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