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People Movers Under $60k

Kia Carnival
  • All of that interior space, and all of that storage; Even with eight aboard, you have a good-sized boot; Smooth and powerful driveline; Well-resolved ride

  • Some will baulk at the steel wheels and hub caps; Light-coloured interior perhaps not to everybody's taste; Petrol donk loves a drink around town

Volkswagen Multivan
  • Improved ride thanks to beefed-up suspension; Surprisingly sprightly performance; Sharp styling inside and out; Space aplenty; Flexible seating options

  • Misses out on key safety tech; No sat-nav (or DAB); Noisy inside the cabin at highway speeds; The occasional coarse downshift from DSG

Honda Odyssey
  • Business class second-row seats; Refined at a cruise; Sharply priced

  • Engine needs more grunt; Seven-seat set-up is plush, but not the most practical option; Ride remains an issue

Hyundai iMax
  • Spacious comfort for eight; Now with smartphone mirroring; Pleasant ride around town

  • Substandard safety by every measure; Archaic five-speed auto; Breathless drivetrain beyond 100km/h

  • Engine and gearbox are spritely and efficient; Ride laden or unladen is good thanks to the coil spring rear; Value equation is effectively unbeatable

  • Safety rating means some buyers won't even consider the LDV; Some of the switchgear isn't as intuitive as it could be

People Movers Over $60k

Mercedes-Benz V-Class
  • Well-presented interior with loads of comfort and practicality; Those collapsible groceries baskets are epic; Refined driveline and great, non-van-like steering

  • It's expensive; Options aren't cheap either; Ride can feel firm at times; Lacking Mercedes's latest infotainment

Toyota Granvia
  • Premium interior appearance; Business-class second-row seating; Ideally suited to business use

  • Short on first-row comforts; Tight leg room between rows; Eight-seater lacks luggage space; Less family-friendly than before