Driving an MPV was once an unenviable task most drivers did not wish to tackle. Many early-generation models were unwieldy, with poor fuel economy and questionable styling. To a car lover, owning one of these boxes-on-wheels was sacrilegious.
Even the most ardent car lover, however, eventually gets married, has kids and (begrudgingly) accepts that the most efficient way of bringing his entire clan around is in an MPV.
Thankfully, modern MPVs are a far cry from their predecessors. They are better looking, no longer bus-like to drive, and have improved fuel efficiency and practicality to boot.
The C4 Grand Picasso, for instance, is a people-mover with an avant-garde design. Its success as Citroen’s best-selling model in Singapore proves that stylish functionality is instrumental in attracting buyers to this segment.
Targeting a more mainstream audience is the 5008, Peugeot’s first “proper” MPV in Singapore. The new kid on the block sits on the same platform as its Citroen cousin, and will have to work extra hard to sway buyers in this increasingly competitive market.
Having just undergone a facelift to bring its image in line with the rest of the Volkswagen family, the Touran Sport with its trick gearbox and Twincharged engine is once again out to reaffirm its position as a speedy people-mover.
Last but not the least is the second-generation Toyota Wish, still the firm favourite of Singaporean households. To maintain its status as the king of MPVs on this island, the Wish is now available with a smaller and more economical engine paired to a CVT.
Each of the four featured cars may be competent in its own right, but which one best combines the traditional role of a people-mover with the modern traits sought by today’s buyers? Read on to find out.