Our favourite family MPVs

Date Posted 26th February 2019
Read Time 6 min read

There are loads of practical reasons to look for a car that has sliding doors. You may have young children and want to avoid the endless, backbreaking child seat rigmarole or you might want a car that you can also use to transport awkward shaped or sized cargo or you might like the ability to park on narrow streets or even to make it easier to load the weekly shop – whatever the reason, we often have people looking for seven seater sliding door cars at Hippo Leasing and here are some of our favourite options listed by size:

Citroen Berlingo Multispace

Citroen has been making versions of the Berlingo since 1996 so they have had over 20 years of refining a family vehicle. The Berlingocomes in two lengths, 4.4-metre long M length or the XL which measure 4.75-metres long. 25cm may not sound like a lot but it’s used well to turn the Berlingo from a comfortable five seater with loads of space into a competent seven seater car. The sliding doors are also one of its most sensible and useful features.

There are two trim levels, Feel and Flair with the Feel still coming with an eight-inch touchscreen, active lane assist and automatic lights and windscreen wipers. There are four engines, a 1.2-litre petrol coupled with a six-speed manual which has a combined efficiency of 51.4 mpg or a 1.5-litre diesel available in three power versions. The Berlingo Multispace is practical and offers enough variations to ensure Citroen offers the perfect car for you, making this one of our more popular cars.

Ford Grand C-Max

A multi-purpose vehicle in every way, the Ford C-Max is great to drive, has a high-quality and spacious interior with excellent equipment levels and good seat configuration options plus its easy access doors make the C-Max one to beat when it comes to a smallish family car that delivers on door practicality.

Choice is fairly straight forward: two engines, one petrol and one diesel at 1.0-litres and 1.5-litres respectively and three trim levels, namely the entry-level Zetec, the Titanium and the Titanium X, all with real differences in equipment levels. Standard equipment at entry level includes hill start assist, air conditioning and cruise control plus 16-inch alloys, ABS and traction control while the Titanium X includes heated front seats, premium leather and a touch screen display plus 17-inch spoke alloys and a fitted panorama roof.

In short, the C Max offers Ford practicality and safety with good value throughout the range and the choice of appropriate engines, extras.

Ford Tourneo Connect

Ford has been very clever with the new Ford Tourneo Connect. Their analysis gurus have told them that there are a growing number of people who need a vehicle to work during the day and something that is family friendly in the evenings and at weekends. The Ford Tourneo pulls off a neat trick in that it can cater for both… and do it with aplomb.

Firstly, the people carrier is based on the Transit Connect van so its worker credentials are there for all to see with its all-important rear sliding doors and a large boot making it easy to load the shopping, some wood for the fire or a bag of cement. There are also two versions, a five-seater and a seven-seater.

Ford has spent a lot of time on the driving experience and with features like traffic sign recognition, automatic headlamps, active parking assist and lane assist available in some versions, you can see that Ford are keen on you having an all-around vehicle in the Tourneo Connect which is at home on the building site and also in suburbia as exemplified by its easy access rear sliding doors.

Volkswagen Sharan

The Volkswagen Sharan is a family favourite with space for seven seats, easy access sliding rear doors, excellent configuration options and a host of trims plus solid engine choice. Small things count when you assess a family carrier, for example, the fact that the Sharan gives you three-zone climate control just tells you that the people at Volkswagen are thinking of you and your family.

With four trims on offer in this MPV, you are not short of choice starting with the S and the SE and moving onto the SE Nav and SEL The entry-level S will still give you an impressive 6.5-inch infotainment touch screen while the SE gets 16-inch alloys and front assist with City emergency braking and cruise control. The chart-topping SEL has 17-inch alloys, a panoramic sunroof and heated windscreen washer jets – no more sitting on your driveway in a frigid car on a February morning! Hippo Leasing has new and used Sharan lease deals and our friendly account managers are here to help select the engine and trim that are right for you.

VW Caravelle

The Volkswagen Caravelle is not only the preserve of taxi drivers on the airport run. Its massive sliding doors mean it’s one of the larger options for those who value easy access doors but also want a vehicle with a quality finish and engines to match.

The Caravelle is often appreciated most by those in the back as it easily swallows seven people in comfort and there is even an option to reverse a row of seats so that passengers can speak eye to eye. There is a long wheelbase version and a 4 wheel drive version and 2 fantastic engines in the 2.0-litre diesel with 148 bhp or the same sized engine but with just over 200 bhp to give the Caravelle extra teeth on long distance runs.

The VW Caravelle is not an inexpensive option so it’s great that Hippo Leasing can help spread the monthly load and we also offer used lease deals and zero deposit deals for the VW Caravelle.

Let Hippo Leasing help you select a car or people carrier with easy access doors to make you and your family’s lives easier – we stock new lease, nearly new and used lease vehicles and with our massive range, you are sure to find the sliding door vehicle option that is right for you.

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