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.

So what would you feel okay about travelling in if you had to carry more than five people?

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