There aren’t many cars that can lay genuine claim to having a chunk of the market all to themselves, but I spent the Christmas break in one – the Hyundai i800.

Granted, the eight-seats-for-under-£20k segment isn’t a particularly major part of the automotive landscape, but if you’re looking for space on a budget then nothing else comes close. Even the most basic version of the Mercedes Viano is £3500 more expensive, and an entry-level Volkswagen Caravelle is most of the way to 30 grand.

Practical considerations dictated the choice of the i800 as Christmas wheels – alongside memories of trying to cram the extended family into compact MPVs on previous occasions. And I have to say that it proved itself one of the most useful vehicles I’ve ever piloted, dealing with everything from a six-up run to Heathrow with luggage to a 400-mile trip to Scotland laden with Santa’s sled quantities of presents and bags.