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Total cash price £18,999. Borrowing £15,199 with a £3,800 deposit at a representative APR of 12.9%.

49 monthly payments
£307.34
Fixed interest rate
12.9%
Total amount payable
£24,412.11
Cost of credit
£5,413.11
Optional final payment
£5,860.00
Annual mileage limit
6000 miles

People carrier buying guide

All people carriers are generally the same shape – essentially, a taller hatchback that's also slightly longer and wider to give you more cabin space. People carriers have lost out in the family-car popularity stakes to SUVs in recent years but, in several ways, they might make a better choice – their more car-like bodies usually mean they're lighter and more efficient than a comparable SUV, while offering more interior space. Your choice in this segment mostly boils down to whether you'd like a smaller five-seat people carrier or a larger seven seater.

We weigh up the pros and cons of SUVs vs. people carriers.

Popular five-seat models include the Ford C-Max, BMW 2 Series Active Tourer or Mercedes B-Class. Your choices in the seven-seat market include the Ford Galaxy, Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer or Volkswagen Touran. You'll also find people carriers based on small vans such as the Vauxhall Combo Life or Citroen Berlingo in both five and seven-seat forms that offer great value for money.

People carrier FAQs

People carriers usually come with either five seats – two up front and three on the second row – or seven seats, adding a third row of two seats at the back. The back two seats are accessed through the rear passenger doors by folding the second row forwards, or you can fold them away to give you more boot space.

Like many seven-seat SUVs, the third row in seven-seater people carriers is usually only large enough for older children or smaller adults over shorter journeys, with limited elbow and legroom. Some of the largest people carriers like the Ford Galaxy or Volkswagen Sharan can reasonably seat seven full-sized adults if you need the maximum in passenger space.

Some people carriers offer the option to entirely remove some of the rear passenger seats, giving you even more space for cargo. This feature is most commonly found on people carriers that are based on small vans such as the Peugeot Rifter, Citroen Berlingo or Vauxhall Combo Life. Be aware that, while the seats are designed to be removed and refitted to these models, they are bulky and heavy, so unbolting, storing and refitting them can be a bit of a chore.

People carrier buyers usually prioritise practicality when choosing what model to buy. Larger people carriers like the Ford Galaxy are great for big families, but might be a pain if you regularly park in the city centre, so a smaller model like a BMW 2 Series Active Tourer might be easier to live with.

You should also consider what type of driving you do and what engine choice will suit that best. If you cover a mixture of roads, a petrol engine is a good choice, but higher-mileage drivers might want to consider a diesel for better long-distance fuel economy.