There was once a time where wagons used to rule the roads. Until then, the sudden surge of MPV’s penetrating into our market has already signalled a new direction for family motoring. Yes, they are boring alternatives, but some individuals are forced to move up the ladder to serve their family at one go. So here we are, summing up both local and imported, sporty yet useful choices for you to start off.
1. Perodua Alza
If affordability and space is something you’re in for without the utilitarian feel, then the Alza answers your call. Cheap, inoffensive and dependable, it has been Perodua’s biggest offering prior to the Rusa's demise. There is ample of space for seven and thanks to the part-sharing alliance with Daihatsu, it offers great Japanese-motoring reliability at Malaysian prices. Value for money? Go straight for the S-series and you’re in for a treat.
2. Proton Exora
The boldest move Proton has ever made, the Exora is a good MPV that is solely developed by our national carmaker. Targeting buyers that favour a think or two about driving, the Exora also boasts a car-like overall experience. There are masses of space inside for all and the generous headroom is a plus for tall occupants. Avoid the lethargic, non-turbo CPS engine and opt straight for the CFE version that comes with all the bells and whistles.
3. Peugeot 5008
Peugeot’s mid-size family box is another great alternative for the small society set. The 5008 is a left-field alternative that doesn’t really appeal to most, but it’s also one of the most competent MPV’s you can buy from Europe today. Practicality and space is strong, but what the 5008 scores is the great ride comfort. Besides that, there are masses of equipment for your money and yes, being left field has never been this good.
4. Ford S-Max
If one has experienced the impeccable drive dynamics of a Ford Mondeo, then the S-Max is no different either. A sporty, yet comfortable MPV to ferry seven around, Ford has finally nailed the best out of both worlds with the S-Max. It boasts great built quality, strong refinement and a multi-flexible seating configuration for both passengers and cargo. What’s more to say when the S-Max is such a cracking MPV?
5. Volkswagen Sharan
Forget the Alphard and Estima, the Sharan is a proper, large MPV you can buy brand new from Volkswagen today. Despite the hefty dimensions it bares, the Sharan drives surprisingly well for its size. Thanks to the GTI-sourced 2.0-litre engine that performs effortlessly, it also oozes out plenty of refinement and pull when pushed. Ride comfort is good and there is ample amounts of space to keep the kids happy on a long drive.