Sometimes practically all you need is a car. If you have a family to take with you, a dog that needs to travel, or lots of things to transport – and everything in between – a spacious and versatile car can make all the difference.
Fortunately, unlike the plethora of hypercars and super-fast performance vehicles, there are a large number of cars that are practical. Let’s take a look at them.
Dacia has a really strong reputation for building practical cars and nowhere is this more evident than with the new Jogger. It’s an MPV-style car with seven seats inside, the rear of which can be removed to turn the Jogger into a true luggage carrier.
It is also competitively priced and has a no-nonsense interior that can handle everyday life.
Volkswagen’s new Multivan is arguably one of the most eye-catching cars on this list, with its split-color design really helping it stand out from the crowd. But there’s more to offer here than just a jazzy livery, as the multinvan’s people-carrying abilities make it a really good option for a variety of people.
Plus, it’s available with an efficient plug-in hybrid powertrain that only adds to its appeal.
Skoda Octavia Estate
Skoda estate cars have historically hit the nail on the head when it comes to practicality and that is certainly the case with the new Octavia Estate. Despite being a fairly compact estate car, it offers a lot more boot space than the competition, with its 640 liters of storage making it really adept at carrying.
It is also available with a variety of engines, including a punchy 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine in the top-of-the-range vRS.
Citroen e Berlingo
The name Berlingo is one you normally associate with functionality and it feels like that legacy has been carried over to the new all-electric version. Badged e-Berlingo, it’s just as roomy as the petrol version, but has the added benefit of being emission-free.
And if you get the long-wheelbase XL version, you’ll have access to a full 3,500-litre boot with the rear seats folded down, meaning it can be transformed into a minivan.
You might not expect a compact car to offer so much space, but the Honda Jazz is such a car. It has a really cleverly packed interior, with ‘Magic Seats’ that not only fold down but also up, meaning you can stow larger items that you wouldn’t normally expect in a car of this size.
With a hybrid engine, it is also very economical to use and spacious inside.
The new Mercedes T-Class arrives as the company’s most compact commercial vehicle and gives the MPV segment an extra premium feel. Sitting on the same platform as Volkswagen’s Caddy, the T-Class has a chic interior and a healthy amount of space to fit in.
While the T-Class is not yet fully on sale, it is expected to hit showrooms later this year.