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People Movers Under $60k

Kia Carnival
  • Long list of safety features and creature comforts; all rows are well catered for with regards to storage, space and air-conditioning; six-speed automatic transmission is intuitive

  • Has a tendency to spin the wheels when not loaded up; lacking low-down torque; thirsty around town

Citroen Grand C4 Picasso
  • Effective and practical seven-seater; interior presentation; comfortable ride; willing and frugal turbo diesel engine

  • No airbag protection for third-row passengers; no direct air-vents for third-row passengers; long equipment list but higher price than before

Honda Odyssey
  • Interior space and versatility impressed more and more; comfort and ergonomics; family practicality with storage space

  • We never got used to the smartphone-based navigation system; unladen ride is choppy; front doors really are too low to the kerb for a lot of gutters

  • Great price and strong deals available; Rear-view camera and rear parking sensors standard; Dual side sliding doors standard; Now available with optional barn doors; Good real-world consumption

  • Diesel manual drivetrain isn't perfect; Clutch is hard to judge; Manual shift action is clicky; Stinky cabin plastics; Some lacklustre ergonomics

Volkswagen Caravelle
  • Good drivetrain with adequate punch empty or full; nine seats for adults; easy to walk through; good fuel consumption on test

  • No curtain airbag protection for the rear occupants; boot room a little limited for a big bus; seats can't be slid but can be moved

People Movers Over $60k

Mercedes-Benz V-Class
  • Excellent ride comfort and quality on the highway; Easy to drive; Lots of space inside; Big luggage capacity with removable seats; Feels properly luxurious

  • Seats are cumbersome to move/remove; Pricey (although well equipped) to own and operate; In urban areas the suspension can be noisy;

Mercedes-Benz Valente
  • Vast cabin with eight adult-sized seats; ample diesel torque and intuitive seven-speed auto; good refinement considering its van roots; decent luggage space

  • Missing some key standard equipment such as sat-nav and reverse-view camera; low-fi infotainment; seat adjustment not as simple as it ought to be; scarcely any cupholders

Volkswagen Multivan
  • Arguably most practical van on the market for families; retro but not kitsch in its application; good to drive and nice to be in

  • Some low-speed hesitation from the drivetrain; seats can be a bit heavy to move; not cheap

Toyota Tarago
  • Rear row seating opens to a massive boot area; easy ingress and egress from the third row; upgraded interior is an improvement; cheap servicing

  • Too expensive for a base model eight-seater by some margin; media system below average in terms of usability; engine and gearbox fine but not great in terms of performance or economy