Can you recommend an MPV for my friend who travels regularly to southern France?

I'd appreciate your advice about options a friend has when changing his car. He currently drives a 13-year-old Renault Grand Espace diesel with 150,000 miles on the clock. He has owned it from new and has enjoyed driving it. It has given him and his family excellent service. In its present condition he has been told it is worth only a couple of hundred pounds. He would like to replace it with something new or nearly new. Do you have recommendations for me to pass on to him? He travels regularly to southern France and needs the space for luggage, equipment and for a dog.

Asked on 28 September 2013 by PAC, Stockport

Answered by Honest John
The best MPV is the Ford Galaxy, possibly getting an update very soon. Next best, the Volkswagen Sharan and SEAT Alhambra which are very slightly bigger. I don't recommend the Chrysler Voyager. Bigger, the choices are Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Life or Caravelle, Mercedes-Benz Viano, Peugeot/Citroen Expert/Dispatch combis, Renault Trafic bus or new Ford Transit Tourneo Connect.
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