Whatever else Easter means to you, be it chocolate poisoning, procreating bunny rabbits or something rather more godly, it must also mean family get-togethers. And ideally we should travel as one happy family group. So which multi-occupant vehicle delivers the most fun, or coolness, for the least cash?

This is where it gets creative. A Routemaster was always a pretty effective people carrier, letting people hop on and off as need be. More seriously, there’s the evergreen W124 Mercedes E-class estate with the flip-up rear seats. And if you’re getting vaguely silly again, a Volvo 850 T5 or an 850R with boot seats could be tempting.

Mazda Bongo Friendee has a crazy name, but is actually a fairly useful multi-seat van, which neatly segues us into VW Transporter territory.

For the people carrier with that bit of extra performance, there’s always a big-engined 2.8-litre V6 first-generation Ford Galaxy or a Vauxhall Zafira GSI Turbo. A friend of mine who has one of those Zafiras rather enjoys driving it, and she has no children to fill it with.