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People Movers Under $60k

Kia Carnival
  • Styling looks premium and nothing like a minibus of old; Cabin storage, layout and comfort are the best in the business; Petrol engine is genuinely fuel-efficient if you're not always in traffic

  • We'd love the same standard safety inclusions as the top of the range model; Can be a little thirsty in heavy traffic exclusively; If you're stepping up from a small SUV, you will need to get used to the size

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
  • Extra equipment; vast cabin; diesel engine; decent handling for a van; ownership costs

  • Four airbags; diesel's price premium; tough but austere cabin

  • Smooth diesel drivetrain; Good gearbox logic; Far more drivable in daily running than the manual; Ultra affordable pricing; Still with one-tonne-plus payload

  • Cabin plastics smell; Cabin ergonomics somewhat questionable; ANCAP crash score remains an unknown; No side airbag protection

People Movers Over $60k

Mercedes-Benz V-Class
  • Premium cabin and quality seating throughout; It is expensive, but does feel like it can justify the money; Engine and gearbox combo makes it surprisingly enjoyable to drive

  • Can be a little harsh in terms of ride comfort fully laden; Pricing will make it difficult for some potential buyers to justify; Will need some more tech upgrades to keep pace

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