We’re going to spoil your fun now, we’re not here to talk about Mustangs. Your life has no doubt moved in a direction that means your car has to transform as well; sporty looks and performance are now trumped by a large boot and endless passenger space. More so, safety features and innovative storage options come as a must-have, and to achieve all these features, often the go-to cars are people carriers – also known as Multi-Purpose Vehicles (MPVs).
These may not be the most glamorous, again we’re not here to talk Mustangs, but they are nevertheless vital for those families who carry a number of passengers, luggage and maybe even sport equipment. After all, staycations are on the rise… Fortunately for you, the 7 seater cars have moved on from their boxy roots of the mid-eighties and we’re here to round up the best Ford people carriers.
The Ford S-Max is a practical seven-seater with plenty of room for five adults in the first two rows and a two-seated third row for the kids. Each of the five seats in the back can be folded flat, which means if you’re carrying more luggage than people, you can adjust the layout to suit. Additionally, if your seats are full and you’re after storage room there's still plenty of space, including compartments in the floor. For the driver, precise steering and intelligent all-wheel drive makes the S-Max one of the most satisfying people carries to cruise in.
When we say this is a premium solution for those travelling in large groups, we mean it’s big, really big. You will comfortably fit 7 adults with space for a row of suitcases as well. Not to mention the luxurious comfort experienced throughout the three rows; including reclining seats for the front and second row. Then, for the times there is only two of you, you’re treated to class-leading 2,339 litres of space with 5 seats folded down. Complete with active park assist, executive design and envious performance it’s not hard to see why this remains to be an ever-popular model.
The Ford Tourneo Connect is much more than a people mover. It delivers rewarding performance in combination with exceptional fuel efficiency and is available in a 5 or 7 seater design. A contemporary interior design allows maximum flexibility in altering the seating system to suit your needs without taking away from the much-desired comfort.
Looking for the option that has it all? The Ford Tourneo Custom is the one for you. Exceptional in design and practicality, this people carrier mixes a sophisticated style with envious functionality. You have over 30 different seating combinations across the 3 rows which can carry up to 9 people, dual-zone air-con elevates the comfort, and a refined design takes you to where you’re going in style. For the adventurer, the businessman, the family and everything else in between.