Spacious interior, three individual rear seats, good ride quality
Ungainly looks on early cars, dated cabin design, cheap interior plastics
The original Multipla's odd appearance meant that most people were put off - which is a shame as the Italian people carrier comes with a hugely practical and spacious interior, complete with three full-sized rear seats. A redesign smartened up the looks in mid-2004, but the Multipla remains an oddball choice among family cars, where vehicles like the Ford C-MAX, Renault Scenic and Vauxhall Zafira sell in huge numbers.
There are strong points though - the 1.9-litre diesel engine is very good and the Multipla is capable of carrying six people plus luggage - a feat seven-seat alternatives often struggle to achieve.