Minibus Hire

Posted by at 21 November, at 11 : 00 AM Print

mpvWith a huge range to choose from, hiring a people carrier is becoming more popular for larger groups travelling abroad. When you’re hiring a people carrier, you need to think about the number of people in your party and amount of luggage they will be carrying. Many diesel people carriers and compact MPVs now deliver over 40 mpg, so you should certainly consider this when choosing your vehicle as fuel costs seem to be constantly on the rise.

Try to book your people carrier hire well in advance of your travel date to make sure you get the best price possible. To save yourself time and money, use the booking engines available on many websites, which will help you to find the best deal. By researching ahead of your travel date, not only will you save money on your MPV rental rate, you will also have time to read the small print and avoid sneaky charges. One of the classic ways of catching people for more cash is to have a policy that states you must bring the car back with an empty fuel tank, and of course many people fill the people carrier with fuel when they get back to the airport.

Overseas car hire companies often charge large excesses, but you can insure yourself in advance to protect yourself from this tape of nasty shock. The list of MPVs, people carriers and minivans available today for rental is mind-boggling, our personal favourites are reviewed below.

SEAT Alhambra – Strong Contender for Top 7 Seater.

The SEAT Alhambra is a refined practical and spacious MPV which compares well with its near neighbour the Volkswagen Sharan. Petrol and diesel engines can be had and fuel economy is pretty decent throughout the range of models. It’s extremely quiet for a big MPV and the cabin feels smart and solid. The Alhambra can hold its own against minivans twice its price. Not many negatives, but if you’re being picky, the sheer size of the vehicle can make parking a bit of a struggle. Also the rearmost seats definitely don’t fold away as quickly as you may want. However, a few small niggles are more than compensated by the money you’ll save on hiring this car.

Volkswagen Touran – The Best People Carrier?

The VW Touran may not be the most attractive of all the people carriers, but it’s box shape makes it one of the most practical compact MPVs you can hire. The interior is quiet and refined and there’s a choice of petrol or diesesl engines, including an great BlueMotion option that is very cheap to run. The diesel engines are slightly noisier, but deliver far better fuel economy and are well worth considering.

Practicality and versatility are without doubt the VW Touran’s strong points. The Touran comfortably seats seven people with plenty of headroom and legroom and there are multiple ways you can arrange the seating to add luggage space.

Ford Galaxy – Still Going Strong.

If you’re looking for a really reliable, luxurious people carrier hire, you would do well to consider the Ford galaxy. The Galaxy is massive and has lots of space in the cabin and in the boot. Versatility is the key to this amazing minivan, with the seat formation easily changeable with a nifty mechanism. Although it looks boxy and difficult to drive from the outside, the driver position is excellent and the Galaxy drives like a dream.

It has a nice driver position and the overall driver experience is excellent. All of the models in the range are well-equipped, and even the entry-level vehicles have air conditioning as standard along with electric windows. If you choose to hire one of the diesel models you can expect around 45 miles per gallon.

The Ford Galaxy has been around since 2006 and initial reliability problems have been resolved. Although the Galaxy is roomy inside, if you do have seven adults in your group, and a lot of lugage, you will probably need to hire a roof box as well. Summing up, the Galaxy ticks all the right boxes when it comes to people carrier rental, and it’s internal space and style will make it a popular choice for years to come.

Citroen C4 Grand Picasso.

If you’re looking for a stylish and spacious people carrier hire then the Citroen C4 Grand Picasso may well fit the bill. It’s renowned for it’s level of comfort, and easily seats seven adults when the third row of seats are activated.

The seats fold away brilliantly giving a massive amount of storage space if required. This There’s a bit of roll through corners, and the driver will feel the handling as pretty soft, but passengers will love the comfortable ride. Having got around to suspension issue though, hiring a Citreon Grand Picasso 7 seater is pretty much a joy.

It’s certainly among the most comfortable people carriers we have experienced and if you’re travelling long distances when on holiday then this is the MPV for you. Some clever boffin has invented a fantastic seat mechanism that converts the seats in almost any formation you want. Cabin space inside is excellent and the seats are supporting with plenty of legroom.

Depending on the version you choose to hire, you can expect to achieve anything from 30mpg right up to 57mpg in the 1.6 e-HDI people carrier. In summary, there are very few people carriers out there that can match the Grand Picasso for comfort, reliability and economy.

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