When the school holidays arrive, Britain hits the road in MPVs to get away from it all. Now is the time to buy, and these seven-seaters can be had from just £4000.
1 - Ford Galaxy (2006-2015)
Whether it’s a supermini, family hatch or large MPV, Ford usually delivers excellent driving cars in a great package. The Galaxy may not be as fine-handling as its S-Max sibling, but it corners well and remains composed over bumps.
Inside, there’s plenty of leg and head room throughout, and you’ll even get a couple of bags in the boot when all the seats are occupied. Usefully, the five rear seats fold flat into the floor, giving van-like space.
The Galaxy is pretty reliable, but look out for power steering pump failures and alarm faults. A base Edge trim gets air-con, electric windows and a heated windscreen. We found a 2010 2.0-litre diesel with 52,000 miles for £8850.
2 - Renault Grand Scenic (2003-2009)
There aren’t too many better or cheaper ways into a used seven-seat MPV than a Grand Scenic. It’ll accommodate you and your clan in supreme comfort due to a supple ride and great refinement.