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Had a great experience with First Vehicle Finance. I wasn’t really sure what I wanted in terms of payment options, all I knew was that I wanted a new car! This was my first experience in financing a car, so obviously a bit apprehensive about what I was getting myself into. But Will was really helpful in explaining the different finance options they have to offer. I learned of the different payment profiles, monthly instalments, leasing contracts, all down to the nitty gritty. After this, I decided to go with FVF. The process was really easy, straightforward, and if I had question, they were more than happy to help, and quickly. Then I learned they deliver your car free of charge! Which saved me arranging a ride to the garage to collect :) All in all, great service and would recommend to family and friends.
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The Volkswagen Sharan is a sensible, practical and capable seven-seat MPV. Despite looking a little boxy and uninspiring, the Sharan is remarkably car-like to drive, and it’s still a reasonable option for larger families. There’s also loads of space for luggage. Even with all seven seats up, there’s enough room for several shopping bags or a couple of small cases.
The simple dashboard layout makes it easy to find all the various controls, and although some of the buttons are a wee bit small, they’re all very clearly marked. The medium touchscreen system is simple to operate. The system works well and also offers drivers the option to override the Normal setting with a Sport or Comfort mode.
Boot space isn’t brilliant, at 300 litres, but then no car in this class can carry seven passengers and their entire luggage. In the five-seat configuration, the boot space rises to 711 litres, and then to a serious 2297 litres if you fold both rear rows of seats and load to the roof. Then the back of the front passenger seat can be folded flat, allowing nearly three metres of load length. If you’re not satisfied with that, you probably need to buy a large van or a minibus.
This is by far the most important area for any MPV, and happily, the Sharan does the job better than almost anything else. The cabin is simply massive, so much so that whichever of the seven seats you find yourself in, you’ll have shed loads of head and legroom, even if you’re a six-foot adult. Getting in and out is easy. The door openings are vast and the rear doors slide.
CITROEN C4 PICASSO
The Citroen C4 Picasso is a five-seat people carrier that does things it’s own way - and is all the better for it. The Citroen C4 Picasso is a great family car that delivers space, style and comfort.
There are hardly any buttons inside the Citroen C4 Picasso. Instead, you control almost everything through a touch screen, which is not a particularly brilliant idea, nor one that has been very well executed. For example, even simple functions, such as adjusting the air-conditioning, force you to delve into the onscreen menus. And while smart phone connectivity is available, it doesn’t tend to prove very reliable. Another digital display, which is positioned above the touchscreen, in the middle of the dash, shows information such as your speed, revs, and remaining fuel. It’s even possible to change the way the information is displayed. But all the graphics are classy, and the dashboard is made from appealing, soft-touch plastics.
The C4 Picasso’s boot isn’t quite as big as a Golf SV’s, but will still easily swallow a baby buggy or a couple of significant cases, helped by it’s good, square shape and low loading lip. Folding the rear seats is as easy as pulling a cord, at which point they give an entirely flat load bay.Where the Citroen impresses most is space for rear passengers, each of whom gets a full-size seat that slides on runners to trade leg room for boot space. Headroom is good, even with the optional panoramic sunroof in place.
A wide range of adjustment in the seat and steering wheel helps drivers of different sizes get comfortable, and the soft suspension means the Picasso is good at soaking up bumps in the road.
The SEAT Alhambra is a large seven-seat MPV that’s good to drive and well equipped.
A 6.5in touchscreen infotainment system comes as standard, flanked by menu shortcut buttons. Overall, it’s a good system, with decent response times and logically thought-out menus, but some of the onscreen graphics look a little dated next to the newest systems on offer in rivals. The Alhambra has five trim levels, starting with the entry-level S and working through SE, Connect and SE Lux, all the way up to the top FR-Line spec. 16-inch alloys, touchscreen infotainment with Bluetooth, three-zone climate control, ESC and emergency brake assist all feature as standard, while the SE adds another inch to the alloys, tinted windows, cruise control, roof rails, and auto wipers and auto headlamps. The Connect trim brings smartphone connectivity and numerous other cosmetic upgrades into the equation, while the SE LUX maxes out on gadgets like power sliding doors (hours of entertainment for your children).
Thanks to its smart seating layout, the Alhambra is very flexible. Boot space is relatively small with the third-row seats in place, but the 267-litre boot provides enough room for a small suitcase or a child’s buggy. This extra pair of seats folds flat into the boot easily, and in five-seat form, the Alhambra has a 658-litre boot. With a wide opening, flat floor and low load lip, it’s a really useful space. It gets even better when you fold the second-row seats flat, which gives you a vast, van-like load area of 2,297 litres and the ability to carry objects up to 2.95 metres long. There’s even an optional roof storage box if you need even more space. All of the seat movements are easy to operate, and unlike in some MPV rivals, you don’t have to lift out heavy seats to get a fully flat boot floor.
This is another high point. There is a mass of storage space beneath the front seats and in the floor behind them. The three individual middle-row seats are also pretty wide, so fitting three child seats safely should be possible, and can be individually slid back and forth. In short, there’s a lot to help you and your family have a more comfortable, stress-free journey.
BMW 2 SERIES GRAN TOURER MPV
The BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer is the larger of the two MPVs available from BMW.
The Gran Tourer improves markedly once you’re behind the wheel. You get a hi-screen as standard, while build quality is first-rate and the layout is easy to get along with once you’re used to BMW’s minimalist button labeling. The steering wheel feels chunky and sporty in your hands, and the iDrive controller makes it easy to navigate through the different functions on the dash-top screen. Elsewhere, all models get an electrically operated tailgate, and there are buttons in the boot to fold the back seats. The mechanisms themselves feel robust.
With the back seats in use, boot space is compromised, but then that is the case for practically every other car of this nature, but you can use a variety of seating formations depending on what your needs are at any given time. If you regularly need to carry long items, you can fold the front passenger seat, which folds flat to give 2.6 metres through-load capacity. With the rear seats in place, there’s little room for a couple of soft bags (145 litres), but with them stowed the boot space increases to 560 litres.
The Gran Tourer has an extra 12cm between the wheels and a further 9cm in the boot. The extra length has freed up room for the third row of two small chairs which can be folded out of the boot floor at the pull of a slightly fiddly lever. Large rear doors and a middle row of seats with a quick tilt and slide function, aid access to the very back. There is easily enough room for small children. By sliding the middle row forward and reclining the seat backs slightly, it's possible to configure the car so that you can carry seven average sized adults in relative comfort – for shorter journeys at least.
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