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Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4

Rivals

Ford Grand C-MAX

4.5 out of 5 4.5

The Ford Grand C-Max was the one that got away. In 2003 Ford launched the five-seat C-Max but chose not to offer it as a seven-seat version. Ford admitted it was a mistake and made up for that by releasing the seven-seat Grand C-Max. The company believes it will be the most popular car in the C-Max range and it’s expected to make up 60 per cent of... read more

PROS

Great to drive, practicality, versatile seats, good mix of engines, quality interior

CONS

Trim choice limited, two rearmost seats for kids only

Kia Carens

4 out of 5 4.0

Like the previous model, Kia’s all-new Carens compact MPV promises practicality and space, but this time it has a modicum of style. It’s not radical, but the more modern design replaces the rather humdrum outgoing model which traded on value and fitness for purpose. New from the ground up, the ’13-on Carens is an affordable people carrier with a... read more

PROS

Seven seats as standard, cheap to buy, long warranty, spacious

CONS

Resale values might struggle, not particularly exciting

Like its five-seater sibling, the latest Citroen Grand C4 Picasso is a distinctive entrant in the people carrier market. Still with seven seats, the Grand follows the C4 Picasso styling themes with a concept car-like front design, but with added distinguishing features like a contrasting ‘frame’ around the side windows and horseshoe-shaped tail... read more

PROS

  • Concept car looks
  • Majors on practicality
  • Fuel-efficient engines
  • Better to drive than old model

CONS

  • Styling not to all tastes
  • Touch sensitive buttons fiddly
  • Basic VTR misses out on kit
  • Manual gearbox not the smoothest

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