MPVs for under £10,000

  • Our pick of the people carriers for less than £10k
  • The top choices to help you carry the family
  • Use Parkers Cars for Sale to find a budget MPV

With the new Ford C-Max and SEAT Alhambra, the MPV is back with a vengeance. Ok, so an MPV isn't cool but if you need to buy a new car to ferry your family around, then we can help.

And you don't have to break the budget. £10,000 will get you something pretty decent but that's at the top end of the scale - there's still plenty of cheaper people carriers to choose from.

We scoured our Cars for Sale section to give you an idea of what you can get for your money if you are looking for a new MPV. Remember, the pictures are for illustrative purposes and not the actual cars advertised.

Here's what we found:  

Kia Carens - 59-plate, 24,800 miles

WHAT IS IT?
The Kia Carens is a credible MPV and although it may look a little dated you do get the benefit of a five-year warranty. The strength of the Carens lies on the amount of standard kit and interior space. It's similar in length to the Vauxhall Zafira but comes with better standard equipment and crucially, can be chosen with seven seats.

Vital statistics

Price - £9,054

Engine/trim - 2.0-litre CRDi auto GS

Power - 140bhp

Seats - 7

Boot Space - 430 litres

Fuel economy - 46mpg 

 Renault Grand Modus - 58-plate, 7,814 miles

WHAT IS IT?
This is Renault's answer to the versatile Nissan Note. It's slightly longer than the standard Modus and offers greater boot capacity. The 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine we have picked is the best engine on the range as it is powered by the fiesty turbo unit. It may only seat five but the Grand Modus offers clever storage solutions and child-friendly features.

 VITAL STATISTICS

Price - £6,599

Engine/trim - 1.2 TCE Dynamique

Power - 100bhp

Seats - 5

Boot Space - 305 litres

Fuel economy - 47mpg

Peugeot Partner Tepee 59-plate, 6,182 miles

WHAT IS IT?
It's not pretty but the Peugeot Partner Tepee is compact and capable. It packs versatility, functionality and durability into a package only slightly larger than an average hatchback and that's no mean feat. It also feels more car-like to drive than its van-based predecessor. The most family friendly feature is the standard-fit sliding side doors.

VITAL STATISTICS

Price - £9,999

Engine/trim - 1.6-litre HDI S

Power - 90bhp

Seats - 5

Boot Space - 675 litres

Fuel economy - 49mpg

SEAT Altea  - 09-plate, 36,667 miles

WHAT IS IT?
Billed as the sexiest people carrier ever when it was launched, we reckon the marketing boffins had a point. The sweeping lines and sharp styling give it a sporty look that few other family cars can match. However, this design limits the car a five-seats. Equipment levels are high while the efficient engines should not make a large hole in the weekly budget.

VITAL STATISTICS

Price - £9,500

Engine - 2.0-litre TDi Stylance

Power - 140bhp

Seats - 5

Boot Space - 409 litres

Fuel economy - 49mpg

Chrysler Grand Voyager - 51-plate, 94,000 miles

WHAT IS IT?
When it comes to large and comfortable people carriers, Chrysler has always been adept at producing good-value cars. There's a good level of kit and it is hugely versatile - ideal for families. At launch the Grand Voyager was praised for the Stow-and-Go seats and its powered sliding doors which offered families flexibility.

VITAL STATISTICS

Price - £3,990

Engine/trim - 2.5-litre CRD Limited

Power - 140bhp

Seats - 7

Boot Space - 750 litres

Fuel economy - 36mpg

Mitsubishi Space Star - 53-plate, 68,000 miles

WHAT IS IT?
The Space Star was better known for being a pumped-up Colt and that the Top spec Elegance models were the best choice if you were sold on it. The Space Star is a solid workhorse but it does not have the family friendliness of a Vauxhall Zafira or a Renault Scenic making this car quite rare nowadays. If you do find one, expect it to be cheap as chips.

VITAL STATISTICS

Price - £2,000

Engine/trim - 1.6-litre petrol Equippe 

Power - 97bhp

Seats - 7

Boot Space - 370 litres

Fuel economy - 39mpg

Citroen C8 - 04-plate, 76,000 miles

WHAT IS IT?
If you're after a value-packed, large people carrier, then the C8 is worth a look. It's spacious and family friendly features include sliding side doors. Top-of-the range models are handsomely equipped, even by Citroën's usual high standards. The diesel powered C8 models still command a premium and we found a well specced one for just under £4k.

VITAL STATISTICS

Price - £3,995

Engine/trim - 2.0-litre HDi SX auto

Power - 136bhp

Seats - 7

Boot Space - 395 litres 

Fuel economy - 41mpg

Honda FR-V 07-plate, 44,870 miles

WHAT IS IT?
Honda introduced three seats in the front of a car, but to make it different the middle seat slides forward or backwards to give the other passengers more leg- and arm-room. Some claimed that the seating arrangement was akin to the Fiat Multipla but it is much more comfortable and user-friendly. There's ample luggage space of over 400 litres which means this model can easily cope with six people plus baggage.

VITAL STATISTICS

Price - £8,990

Engine/trim- 2.2-litre i-CTDi

Power - 138bhp

Seats - 6

Boot Space - 439 litres

Fuel economy - 44mpg

Mazda5 - 57-plate, 13,783 miles

WHAT IS IT?
Easily one of the best buys included in this feature. Based on the Mazda3, the 5 is one of the best handling cars in its class. It's not quite up to the Ford C-Max but it is better than a Renault Espace. Not only is it good to drive, the 5 is a favourite for families as it features rear sliding doors along with simple folding rear seats and easy access. It's also well equipped and good value.

VITAL STATISTICS

Price - £6,500

Engine/trim 2.0-litre diesel TS2

Power 108bhp

Seats - 7

Boot Space - 112 litres

Fuel economy - 46mpg

Toyota Previa - 05-plate, 65,360 miles 

WHAT IS IT?
One of the MPV world's grandees. It was launched in 1990 and was one of the first purpose-built people carriers on the market. When launched it had a space-age look and better practicality than most.

VITAL STATISTICS

Price - £7,990

Engine/trim - 2.0-litre D-4D T3 

Power 114bhp

Seats - 8

Boot Space - 515 litres

Fuel economy - 39mpg

Renault Espace - 05-plate, 51,000 miles

WHAT IS IT?
The Espace is one of the most spacious people carriers around and makes an ideal car for larger families. Seats can be folded and even removed and its array of storage bins are certainly useful.

VITAL STATISTICS

Price - £6,990

Engine/trim - 2.2-litre dCi Expression

Power 150bhp

Seats - 7

Boot Space - 291 litres

Fuel economy - 31mpg

SsangYong Rodius - 56-plate, 27,000 miles

WHAT IS IT?
Don't look at this car directly because it'll hurt your eyes but once you get over the horror looks, it does make some sort of sense. The seven-seater Rodius is one of the biggest people carriers on the market and proves that big doesn't mean beautiful. Like the Fiat Multipla you might say its 'styling' splits opinion but, lookswise, this is a car that only a mother could love: you just have got over them and enjoy the bootspace and the frugal 2.7-litre engine.

VITAL STATISTICS

Price - £7,450

Engine/trim - 2.7 litre 270 SX

Power 165bhp

Seats - 7

Boot Space - 875 litres 

Fuel economy - 32mpg