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Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

Rivals

Ford Galaxy (00-06)

4 out of 5 4.0

Basically the same as VW's Sharan and SEAT's Alhambra. Not as flash as the Renault Espace but well liked by owners and less van-like than some big MPVs. Equipment levels are adequate; all have air-con, good security and lots of safety equipment. And like-for-like, it's cheaper than VW's Sharan. read more

PROS

Comfortable, car-like to drive, plenty of passenger space, comes with seven seats

CONS

Wind noise, bulky styling, thirsty petrol engines

SEAT Alhambra (00-10)

3.5 out of 5 3.5

With a spacious cabin, seven seats and proven reliability, the SEAT Alhambra makes an ideal car for larger families. It's actually the sister car to the Volkswagen Sharan and the pre-2006 Ford Galaxy, so you can expect strong build quality and a robust interior. It may not be the newest design, but it's good to drive and comfortable, while the... read more

PROS

Plenty of interior space, enough room for seven adults, economical diesel engines, solid interior, good value

CONS

Interior looks a little dated, many newer people carriers are more stylish, seats don't fold flat with the floor

Toyota Previa (00-05)

4 out of 5 4.0

Previa is one of the MPV world's grandees. It was originally launched in 1990 and was one of the first purpose-built people-carriers on the market. The current model went on sale in 2000, with a space-age look, better practicality and, most importantly, a diesel engine. Ten-year-old examples still fetch upwards of £2000 - an indicator of how highly... read more

PROS

Performance, comfort, space.

CONS

Pricey.