Because there comes a time when a supercar just isn’t practical anymore…
1. Ford S-Max 2.0 TDCI Titanium
£25,455, 163bhp, 251lb ft, 0-62mph 9.2secs, vmax 127mph, 49.6mpg, CO2 139g/km
Let’s face it, if you like cars, you don’t want to buy an MPV. But reproduction is often quite enjoyable. And so is the S-Max.
2. Seat Alhambra 2.0 TDI SE
£26,195, 140bhp, 236lb ft, 0-62mph 10.9secs, vmax 120mph, 50.4mpg, CO2 146g/km
It’s a simple recipe, but sometimes they’re the easiest to mess up. The Alhambra gets it right, and so takes a deserved place in this list.
3. VW Sharan 2.0 TDI 140 SE
£28,230, 140bhp, 236lb ft, 0-62mph 10.9secs, vmax 121mph, 50.4mpg, CO2 146g/km
It’s basically the same as the Alhambra, but pricier spec-for-spec. Whether it’s worth more cash depends on your feelings towards the badge on the front.
4. Peugeot 5008 2.0 HDI Active
£22,395, 150bhp, 250lb ft, 0-62mph 10secs, vmax 118mph, 47.9mpg, CO2 154g/km
It has seven seats and performs all the sensible duties a large family would expect. But don’t get any ideas about upping the pace…
5. Vauxhall Zafira Tourer 2.0 CDTI SRI
£25,915, 165bhp, 280lb ft, 0-62mph 9.1secs, vmax 129mph, 54.3mpg, CO2 137g/km
It used to be a plain old Zafira. Now it’s the Tourer, which means it’s posher and arguably better looking. But no less useful.