10 Best People Movers in Australia 2024

By Alexi Falson
Updated on 08 Feb 2024 First published 14 Feb 2023
image for 10 Best People Movers in Australia 2024 If you have a large family, you’ve no doubt wondered what your best options are for a practical, comfortable and safe people mover to keep your family moving.

While SUVs are often the go-to option, it’s hard to deny just how capable a large people mover is when put under the family test, making them the preferred chariot for those with more than six people to move at a time.

Thankfully for family buyers, there’s a decent list of people movers currently on sale here in Australia - join us as we take a closer look at your best options.

Kia Carnival

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Our list kicks off with Australia’s favourite people mover, the Kia Carnival.

The Carnival has long been a favourite for large families thanks to its spacious eight-seat layout, its long list of practical touches and a more refined design in recent years that make it one of the most well-rounded people movers on the market.

  • Engine: 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel 

  • Power & Torque: 148kW/440Nm

  • Fuel Economy: 6.5L/100km

  • Seats: 8

  • ANCAP Safety Rating: Five-star

  • Warranty: Seven-year/unlimited-kilometre

Hyundai Staria

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Twin under the skin to the Kia Carnival, Hyundai’s futuristic people-mover screams out of the gates with its wild styling package and the same spacious, practical layout that makes it a hit for family buyers.

Inside, the Staria’s large windows make the cabin feel spacious and airy while offering a massive 831L of boot space, even with three rows of seats in place for up to eight people, making it an absolute beast when it comes to practicality.

  • Engine: 2.2-litre turbo-diesel & 3.5-litre V6 petrol 

  • Power & Torque: 130kW/430Nm (diesel) 200kW/331Nm (petrol) 

  • Fuel Economy: 8.2 - 10.5L/100km

  • Seats: 8 

  • ANCAP Safety Rating: Five-star  

  • Warranty: Five-year/unlimited-kilometre

Toyota Granvia

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The Toyota Granvia is a surprisingly premium people mover perfect for growing families and commercial applications alike, with Toyota offering a choice of six and eight-seat layouts that add to its versatility.

Inside, the cabin receives cloth upholstery in the base model, upgrading to quilted leather in the Granvia VX, which also picks up a pair of powered sliding doors for easy access into the spacious people mover.

  • Engine: 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel

  • Power & Torque: 130kW/450Nm

  • Fuel Economy: 8.0L/100km

  • Seats: 6 - 8

  • ANCAP Safety Rating: Five-star 

  • Warranty: Five-year/unlimited-kilometre

Volkswagen Multivan

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Volkswagen has been in the game of family-friendly motoring for decades now, and the latest generation Multivan is proof the company hasn’t given up on the people-mover segment.

Within the Multivan range, there’s an endless range of options, including short- and long-wheelbase variants, more powerful turbo-diesel engines and even four-wheel drive variants for those looking to get their tyres dirty on a holiday adventure with seven people in tow.

  • Engine: 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel 

  • Power & Torque: 110 - 146kW / 340 - 450Nm 

  • Fuel Economy: 6.6 - 7.1L/100km 

  • Seats: 6 - 7

  • ANCAP Safety Rating: Five-star

  • Warranty: Five-year/unlimited-kilometre

Mercedes-Benz EQV

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Looking for one of the most technologically advanced people movers on the planet? Look no further than the all-new Mercedes-Benz EQV - one of a very small batch of battery-electric family vans currently on the market.

The EQV upholds Mercedes’ impressive reputation for comfortable and premium family motoring with its large platform, spacious interior layout for seven people and a powerful yet silent electric powertrain that makes every journey a quiet, refined experience.

  • Engine: Single electric motor 

  • Power & Torque: 150kW/365Nm

  • Range: 418km from 90kWh battery pack 

  • Seats: 6 - 7

  • ANCAP Safety Rating: Untested 

  • Warranty: Five-year/unlimited-kilometre (eight years for battery)

LDV Mifa

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LDV, a company known for its remarkable value propositions has turned its attention to the world of people movers, and the result is the mighty impressive LDV Mifa, and its battery-electric twin, the Mifa 9.

Offered to Australian buyers in a seven-seat format, the Mifa 9 range comes jam-packed with entertainment and safety equipment even in the base model, while the Execute & Lux variants add premium touches like leather upholstery, heated and ventilated seats and even seat massagers.

  • Engine: 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol  

  • Power & Torque: 160kW/360Nm

  • Fuel Economy: 9.3L/100km

  • Seats: 7

  • ANCAP Safety Rating: Untested

  • Warranty: Seven-year/200,000km

Mercedes-Benz V-Class

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For those with a tighter budget than the flagship EQV but still looking for a luxurious people-mover, the regular V-Class remains one of your best options for premium family motoring with a heap of smart tech inside.

Inside, there’s enough space for a family of seven to get comfortable, with the option of a pair of massive captain’s chairs in the second row that drops capacity to six, but maximises space and comfort for those lucky enough to sit behind the front row.

  • Engine: 1.9-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel 

  • Power & Torque: 140kW/440Nm 

  • Fuel Economy: 7.4

  • Seats: 6-7

  • ANCAP Safety Rating: Unrated 

  • Warranty: Five-year/unlimited-kilometre

Volkswagen Caddy

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While it might not look like a conventional people-mover, Volkswagen has tweaked the cargo-focussed Caddy platform to offer a five and seven-seat layout that makes it a super versatile family mover.

The Caddy doesn’t quite offer the same sense of spaciousness as its fully-fledged people-mover rivals, though the windows are large enough that it doesn’t feel cramped and it feels great behind the wheel.

  • Engine: 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol & 2.0-litre turbo-diesel

  • Power & Torque: 84kW/220Nm (petrol) 75-90kW/280-320Nm

  • Fuel Economy: 6.2L/100km (petrol) 4.9L/100km (diesel)

  • Seats: 5-7

  • ANCAP Safety Rating: Five-star 

  • Warranty: Five-year/unlimited-kilometre

Mercedes-Benz eVito Tourer

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Mercedes’ relentless assault in the world of EV people-movers continues with the eVito Tourer which, as the name suggests, utilises the same platform as the cargo-focussed Vito while adding a very family-friendly eight-seat layout.

It’s a more affordable entry point into the world of silent family motoring and while it lacks a number of the luxurious touches reserved for the EQV, it remains a versatile and reasonably efficient electric people mover for Australian buyers.

  • Engine: Single electric motor 

  • Power & Torque: 150kW/365Nm 

  • Driving Range: 421km from 90kWh battery pack 

  • Seats: 8

  • ANCAP Safety Rating: Untested 

  • Warranty: Five-year/unlimited-kilometre (eight-year for battery)

Volkswagen Caravelle

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For family buyers looking for an even bigger and more premium take on the Multivan, the VW Caravelle is one of the leading options for Australian families looking for a large and practical people mover.

The Caravelle range features a clever modular interior design with a massive nine-seat layout that makes it a hit with large families, with the refined cabin layout and a slick engine and transmission combination that makes it feel like a truly premium package for the people mover segment.

  • Engine: 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel

  • Power & Torque: 110kW/340Nm

  • Fuel Economy: 6.6L/100km

  • Seats: 9

  • ANCAP Safety Rating: Four-star (expired) 

  • Warranty: Five-year/unlimited-kilometre

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Alexi Falson

Alexi is an automotive journalist and road tester hailing from Byron Bay. He has an affection for both cars and motorbikes, a great admiration for the simplicity of old-school engineering, and a fascination of new technology making its way to modern cars. When he's not road testing, you'll find him surfing, hiking or helping people find their dream cars.

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