There is still a heap of buyers here in Australia that are looking for a family-friendly package with a van, rather than an SUV design, and manufacturers are only happy to provide them with an option.
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With that in mind, join us as we take a closer look at 8 of the best people movers here in Australia and break down some important engine, pricing and equipment details.
Toyota’s leading entrant to the world of people-movers comes in the form of the almighty Granvia, which features a clever seating arrangement that is perfect for families of six to eight people.
The Granvia range kicks off from $65,250 for the six-seat variant, while the Granvia with eight-seats is priced at $67,250; both of which come powered by a 2.8-litre turbo-diesel producing 130kW/450Nm and returning fuel economy figures of 8.0L/100km.
As standard, buyers receive LED head, tail and fog lights, 17-inch alloys, four captain’s chairs, LED interior lighting, keyless entry & start, as well as a 7.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto.
Sadly, Honda has confirmed that its almighty family-mover, the Odyssey is set to hit the chopping block next year, so you’ll have to pounce quickly if you want to get your hands on one before it’s too late.
The Odyssey line-up is competitively priced from $48,700 for the Vi L7 stretching to $56,000 for the range-topping Vi LX7, both of which receive a 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol producing 129kW of power and 225Nm via a CVT automatic.
The Odyssey can confidently swallow up a family of seven in comfort and style, with premium touches like 17-inch alloys, LED headlights, leather upholstery with heated seats and a surround-view camera included on the base model.
If you’re looking for the funkiest and most futuristic people-mover on the market here in Australia, look no further than the Staria range, which is priced from $48,500.
The Staria offers a comfortable spaceship-like body for up to eight passengers, who can sit back and enjoy the view through the massive windows, with higher-spec variants gaining a pair of panoramic sunroofs and LED ambient lighting that makes for a wonderful place to relax.
There’s two engine options available across front and all-wheel drive platforms, with a 3.5-litre V6 petrol fitted as standard and a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel headlining the range - both receive a slick eight-speed transmission.
The Kia Carnival is perhaps Australia’s most famous people-mover, and in its latest generation, has received multiple awards for its large, practical interior and undeniable value proposition.
The Carnival range is priced from a very-competitive $51,690, and comes packed with seating for up to eight people in a clever, flexible design while benefitting from LED headlights, adaptive cruise control, adaptive cruise control and a reversing camera with parking sensors.
The generous standard safety equipment list includes AEB braking, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, lane keep and lane departure assistance as well as safe exit warnings.
Stepping higher into the range adds a 12.3-inch infotainment system, power sliding doors, surround-view camera and leather upholstery for buyers looking for a more premium finish.
Volkswagen has given its already outstanding Caravelle & Multivan platforms a significant update for the 6.1 range, with the range featuring more equipment and family-friendly touches than ever before.
The Caravelle offers seating for up to nine people, and features four ISOFIX anchor points for large families to get out and about, with the added bonus of cargo space totalling up to 6,700L.
Better still, Volkswagen’s clever packaging designs mean that the seats can be folded, and even removed to accommodate more luggage or give rear passengers more space to stretch out on long holiday road trips.
If you’re looking for one of the most premium offerings within the people-mover segment, look no further than the Mercedes-Benz V-Class.
The V-Class offers a slice of premium, European motoring for you and your family, with a cabin offering seating for up to eight people in a wide variety of configurations that accommodates forward and rear-facing captains chairs with leather upholstery and a heap of luxurious features.
A powerful turbo-diesel powertrain is paired with a silky-smooth automatic transmission for effortless and comfortable driving that returns impressive fuel economy figures of 6.7L/100km.
One of the lesser-known things about the VW Caddy lineup is that it is far more than a simple cargo-ready vehicle.
In fact, the Caddy range is available in both five- and seven-seat configurations, making it an exceptionally family-friendly package that benefits from VW’s premium designs and clever interior packaging.
The VW Caddy offers seating for seven with a flexible seating arrangement, five ISOFIX anchor points and nine airbags around the cabin, making for an exceptionally practical and safe package for your family.
The LDV G10 is by far Australia’s cheapest people-mover, with the company hoping to win over buyers with a price list that kicks off from just $35,779.
The G10 platform offers everything from a cargo van through to seating configurations for seven and up to nine people, making for one of the most capable people-movers you’ll find on the market, too.
Buyers should be aware, though, that the G10 receives just three years of warranty coverage, and has been awarded a three-star ANCAP safety rating, so it’s exceptionally cheap asking price does come with some sacrifices.