What Are The Best People Carriers 2021?

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While SUVs are booming in popularity, you can’t forget the cars that made carrying lots of people a thing in the first place. You got it, we’re talking about people carriers (or as they’re also known, ‘Multi-Purpose Vehicles’/MPVs).

The SUV came along to add some elaborate style to a raised, spacious model so that it served a higher purpose than merely ferrying people around. However, what if we were to tell you that there are still some fantastic people carriers out there that strike a great balance between transporting passengers and their stuff, while at theh same time being not all that bad to drive?

That’s exactly what we’re setting out to do in this blog. So, without further ado, here are some of the best people carriers money can buy in 2021. From robust, van-like seven-seaters with space to boot, to more compact models based on successful smaller cars that drive surprisingly tidily. Check out details of our favourite people carriers to help you decide which one is best for you.


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1. Volkswagen Touran

Best people carriers 2021 - Volkswagen Touran


  • Boot space: 137 litres (7 seats), 927 litres (5 seats)
  • Number of seats: 7
  • Awards: MPV Car of The Year 2021
  • Standard features: 16in alloy wheels; automatic emergency braking; all-round parking sensors; automatic lights and wipers; 6.5in touchscreen

What we think


A multi-award-winning MPV, the Volkswagen Touran is one of the best in the business thanks to its car-like driving abilities and incredible flexibility.


2. Ford S-Max

Best people carriers 2021 - Ford S-Max


  • Boot space: 285 litres (7 seats), 700 litres (5 seats)
  • Number of seats: 7
  • Standard features: 17in alloy wheels; LED daytime running lights; cruise control; satnav; 10in touchscreen; tinted windows; keyless entry

What we think


A very fun-to-drive MPV with the all-important seven seats, a massive boot and great standard features are included even on entry-level models.


3. BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer

Best people carriers in 2021 - BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer


  • Boot space: 145 litres (7 seats), 560 litres (5 seats)
  • Number of seats: 7
  • Awards: Most Popular MPV 2018
  • Standard features: 16in alloy wheels; BMW navigation system with Real Time Traffic Information; sliding rear seats in 60:40 split-folding configuration

What we think


Typical premium BMW style and the unique option of all-wheel drive is what the 2 Series Gran Tourer has over its chief rivals, plus a good range of torquey diesel engines.


4. Toyota Proace Verso

Best people carriers in 2021 - Toyota Proace Verso


  • Boot space: 224 litres (‘Compact’), 627 litres (‘Medium’), 977 litres (‘Long’)
  • Number of seats: 7-9
  • Awards: Compact Van of The Year 2020
  • Standard features: 16in steel wheels; 7in multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; two sliding side doors; Go Navigation System

What we think


If you’re thinking “What car should I get to carry loads of people and luggage in comfort?” here’s your answer. Its van-like look and feel isn’t exactly exciting, but it gets the job done.


5. Fiat 500L

Best people carriers in 2021 - Fiat 500L


  • Boot space: 455 litres
  • Number of seats: 5
  • Awards: Economic Performance Award 2019
  • Standard features: 16in alloy wheels; Cruise control with speed limiter; blue fabric seats with Fiat monogram; new Techno Blue matt dashboard

What we think


Despite being the smallest people carrier in our list, the Fiat 500L is a superb mini MPV that offers plenty of space and seat flexibility for a family, without being too bulky to the point where it’s awkward to drive.


6. Mercedes-Benz V-Class

Best people carriers in 2021 - Mercedes-Benz V-Class


  • Boot space: 610 litres (7 seats)
  • Number of seats: 4-8 seats
  • Awards: Red Dot Award: Product Design 2014
  • Standard features: 18in alloy wheels; LED headlights and rear lights; full leather interior; comfort suspension; MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience infotainment system)

What we think


Another van-based MPV makes our list, but it has a level of luxury that rivals struggle to match, plus the seats can be rearranged in so many ways that passenger or luggage space is bliss. Performance is surprisingly very good for such a big vehicle too.


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