Multi-purpose vehicles, or MPVs, provide a wide range of utility for everyday motoring activities such as shuttling the kids to school or transporting a large number of goods, thanks to their spacious interiors and folding seats.
This utility makes them an excellent choice for any household, and the good news is that there are a number of models currently available for less than R500,000.
TopAuto had a look at what you’ll have to pay for the five most affordable MPVs on the market, and what they offer in return.
Renault Triber – R197,400
The cheapest MPV in South Africa, the Renault Triber is powered by a 1.0-litre petrol engine putting out 52kW and 96Nm.
In tandem with a five-speed manual gearbox, this seven-seater can average 5.5l/100km on a combined fuel cycle.
The inside features a dual-tone fabric interior, electric windows, independent air conditioning in the first and second seat rows, rear parking sensors, and a two-speaker sound system with USB and aux inputs.
The rear two seats can also be folded down to increase storage space to a total of 625 litres.
The Renault Triber includes a 5-year/150,000km mechanical warranty and a 2-year/30,000km service plan.
Suzuki Ertiga – R254,900
Suzuki’s decision to discontinue the top-of-the-range GLX for its Ertiga line-up means the remaining models have seen a handful of new equipment.
For the entry-level GA, this means rear parking sensors are now a standard feature, in addition to other offerings like dual-zone air-conditioning, ventilated cup holders, and fabric upholstery.
Boot space clocks in at 153 litres, which can be increased to 550 litres when the rear seats are folded down.
Under the hood of the Ertiga is a 1.5-litre petrol engine mated with a five-speed manual transmission, giving the MPV an output of 77kW and 138Nm while managing an average consumption of 6.2l/100km.
The Suzuki Ertiga is available with a 5-year/200,000km warranty and a 4-year/60,000km service plan.
Toyota Rumion – R260,600
Toyota’s Rumion people carrier is equipped with the same 1.5-litre engine as the Suzuki, letting it produce 77kW and 138Nm.
Fuel consumption is likewise listed at 6.2l/100km, and the base model is available with a five-speed automatic gearbox, too.
Similar dimensions also means that its storage space is the same at 153 litres, which is increased to 550 litres with the rear-most seats down.
Interior offerings on the base model consist of manual air conditioning, electric windows, fabric seats and ventilated cupholders.
The Toyota Rumion comes with a 3-year/100,000km warranty and a 4-year/60,000km service plan.
Mitsubishi Xpander – R311,995
Mitsubishi’s seven-seater offering runs on a 1.5-litre petrol engine, with 77kW and 141Nm at its disposal.
Like its output, the Xpander’s fuel consumption is also slightly higher than its competitors at 6.9l/100km, and it is available in either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic specification.
This MPV comes with alloy wheels, automatic AC, a multifunction steering wheel, a Bluetooth infotainment system with hands-free voice commands, electric windows, and cloth seats as standard.
The Mitsubishi Xpander is sold with a 3-year/100,000km warranty and a 2-year/30,000km service plan.
VW Caddy Kombi – R413,100
VW’s Caddy is the most powerful seven-seater on this list, sporting a 1.6-litre engine delivering 81kW and 152Nm while making use of a six-speed manual transmission.
This also means that the Kombi consumes 7.3l/100km on an average fuel cycle.
Notably, the Caddy can be bought as a five-seat model, in addition to the normal seven-seat arrangement, transforming the back to provide a generous 1,213 litres of storage space, up from 191 litres on the normal boot.
Standard features on this VW further include 16-inch alloy wheels, a 6.5-inch media display with Bluetooth, a multifunction steering wheel, overhead storage compartments, lumbar support on the front seats, fabric upholstery, and manual air conditioning.
The VW Caddy Kombi is sold with a 2-year/unlimited kilometre warranty.