Compact MPVs have a length of between 4200mm and 4600mm (165-180in).
- Compact MPVs have a length of between 4200mm and 4600mm (165-180in).(More...)
- The engine is mounted very close to the front edge of the car, and its elements are grouped higher than in other car types to minimize front overhang length.(More...)
Such models enjoyed some popularity in the United States in the late 1980s and early 1990s, for example the Mitsubishi Expo and Nissan Axxess. In 1996, the Renault Sc"nic was released in Europe and its success made mainstream automakers produce them in large quantities, usually based on small family car platforms and with both two and three-row seats. 
Models of all segments are present in Europe, the Americas and parts of Asia. Large minivans are those above 4600mm (180in) long. Nearly every minivan sold in the United States belongs to this segment, so they are simply called minivans there. The first European MPV also belonged to this segment, and later similar models were named likewise until smaller models appeared; now these models are called "large MPVs".
Early minivans models may be smaller than modern models, but still fit into the child subsegment; the first-generation Renault Espace introduced in 1984 would be classified nowadays as a compact MPV, but later generations grew in size and the Espace is now considered a large MPV.
What is the best large MPV to buy 2nd hand with flat fold seats? Galaxy is good but very few 2nd hands on mkt.
If you need a large MPV, the Kia delivers most metal for your money. It comes with a choice of only two engines, but while the 2.5-litre V6 is cheaper, 26mpg makes it an expensive car to run.
Large MPVs are not as popular as compact MPVs, but are expected to sell better in the future after the release of newer models with less boxy styling and lower roof. An example is the 2006 Ford Galaxy Ford Galaxy Ford Galaxy and S-MAX S-MAX, the latter of which is only 1.60 m tall and has a sporty looking.
The engine is mounted very close to the front edge of the car, and its elements are grouped higher than in other car types to minimize front overhang length.
The rear overhang may be both short like a hatchback or long like in station wagons, changing the boot vs seat balance " the first option is more common in smaller minivans and the second in large minivans. 
With rear seats removed, the cargo area in large minivans can hold a 4x8ft sheet of drywall or plywood flat.
Studies have shown that drivers of minivans are rated to be the poorest of drivers compared to drivers of other commercial vehicles. Minivans are also the vehicle of choice for large suburban families in the United States, where they are frequently associated with " soccer moms ". Perhaps because of these associations, minivans are often seen as dowdy or boring " an ironic repetition of the stigma against station wagons that originally drove the popularity of minivans among Americans.
Minivans can be roughly classified in three or four segments: large, compact, mini and sometimes micro.
The minivan also offered another change from the large van or the station wagon: front-wheel drive, usually found only on smaller automobiles. This made for easier assembly of the vehicle, and allowed for more cargo/passenger area along the floor with the absence of the drive shaft hump.
The target market for the minivan were families living in suburban areas. This vehicle was a cross between the station wagon and the large work vans that people would customize for passenger travel. In North America, it came at a time when families wanted a different vehicle that didn't have the stigma of the station wagon era of their parents, and also wanted better fuel economy than that of the previously popular V8 V8 -powered station wagons/vans.
Minivans have a mixed image. They have a reputation for poor maneuverability and performance in comparison with other types of vehicles. They are also the vehicle of choice for large suburban families in the United States, where they are frequently associated with " soccer moms ". Perhaps because of these associations, minivans are often seen as dowdy or boring -- an ironic repetition of the stigma against station wagons that originally drove the popularity of minivans among Americans.
The runaway success of the Sc"nic saw the car spawn a multitude of similar vehicles, like the General Motors Zafira, the Citro"n Xsara Picasso, the Volkswagen Touran, the Ford Focus C-Max, the SEAT Altea / Toledo and the Nissan Almera Tino.
- The runaway success of the Sc"nic saw the car spawn a multitude of similar vehicles, like the General Motors Zafira, the Citro"n Xsara Picasso, the Volkswagen Touran, the Ford Focus C-Max, the SEAT Altea / Toledo and the Nissan Almera Tino.(More...)
By the mid-2000s, virtually all mainstream automakers in Europe had a compact MPV in their range. 
In 1995, Ford Motor Company teamed up with Volkswagen and SEAT (VW's subsidiary in Spain ) in a factory in Portugal, to make Ford's Galaxy, VW Sharan and SEAT Alhambra. These three cars were facelifted heavily in the year 2000, and recently, Ford has left VW and Seat to make its own Galaxy sharing many parts with the Ford S-MAX, another MPV.
The Chrysler Pacifica and Chevrolet Equinox can be described as sporty-looking four-wheel drive minivans or as crossover SUVs not designed for offroading; the Mercedes-Benz R-Class has a mininvan shape with rounder edges, and features four-wheel drive. The Ford Edge, Ford Freestyle, Chevrolet HHR, Dodge Journey and Chrysler Pacifica give a sight of the future of these vehicles in North America, while the SEAT Altea, Fiat Croma and Ford S-MAX do the same for the European MPVs.
MUVs vary widely in configuration: whilst some MUVs might be replicas of European MPVs (such as the European Ford Fusion ) or American-style minivans (like the Toyota Innova ), in some cases MUVs are similar to SUVs (such as the Chevrolet Tavera ). Other examples of MUVs are the Maruti Versa, Isuzu Panther, Toyota Avanza, Hindustan Pushpak, Toyota Qualis and Toyota Innova.
Examples of mini MPVs are the Opel Meriva, Renault Modus, Fiat Idea, Toyota bB and Nissan Cube. Tall city cars and kei cars like the Hyundai Atos, Chevrolet Matiz, Chery QQ and Suzuki Wagon R have also been called mini MPVs or "microvans" because of their increased height over traditional hatchbacks. Others believe they are too similar in design with other small cars, so they should be described as the same kind of cars.
In the mid-2000s, automakers began to use MPV-style designs on supermini -based chassis. Examples of mini MPVs them are the Opel Meriva, based on the Corsa, the Renault Modus, derived from the Clio, and the Fiat Idea, derived from the Punto platform.
Compact MPVs were cars with tall bodies but based on the chassis and engines of a small family car (in the case of the Sc"nic, the Renault M"gane ).
The trend towards compact MPVs began in 1996 with the launch of the Renault Sc"nic and Opel Zafira.
In the ASEAN nations, China and India, multi-utility vehicles tend to be smaller than North American minivans and European MPVs. Compact MUVs are more popular than models of other sizes. They also differ in that they need to cope with uneven terrain as opposed to paved highways.
Mini MPVs are under 4100mm (160in) long, and were introduced in the early 2000s. These models are based on supermini platforms and have different styles depending on markets: Japanese models are more boxy while Europeans have the bonnet and windshield almost parallel.
Years: 2002 to present More common than its Fiat Ulysse and Peugeot 807 brothers on account of Citroen"s cut-price new car offers, the C8 is a fine full-sized MPV. It doesn"t represent the huge value of the Kia, and can"t match its Renault rival for flair, but practical sliding rear doors, a spacious cabin and generous standard kit levels all make it a good choice.
Years: 2003 to present The car that started the whole MPV craze in the Eighties has evolved into the most luxurious offering in the sector " and its premium prices reflect that.
All minivans sold in North America have sliding doors, with the exception of the first-generation Mazda MPV, Honda Odyssey Honda Odyssey Honda Odyssey and Isuzu Oasis.
In German, the word "Minivan" is only used for compact MPVs like the Renault Sc"nic.
The trend for compact MPVs and mini MPVs began in Europe in the late 1990s with the launch of the Renault Sc"nic.
In the mid-2000s, manufacturers began to use MPV-style designs on supermini-based chassis (called "mini MPVs"), with the idea that leisure activity vehicles would be changed for mini MPVs due to better styling, comfort and building quality. Examples of them are the Opel Meriva Opel Meriva Opel Meriva, based on the Corsa Corsa, and the Fiat Idea, derived from the Fiat Punto chassis.