The automotive term SUV is common to most people. But not as many people have heard of an MPV. MPV stands for multi-purpose vehicle, which includes models like the 2018 Kia Soul, available at Peterbrough Kia.
Do not confuse MPVs with crossovers, either. While the two car models might seem similar in description (drivers sometimes call crossovers compact SUVs), they are different in form and function. Here are four reasons someone might choose an MPV as their next new car.
- Plenty of Practicality
MPVs trade style for function. Rather than worry about smooth lines and aerodynamic curves, many MPV manufacturers build cars with large, flexible cabins. These cabins are often seen as big boxes with sharp angles. For MPVs owners, many of them outdoor enthusiasts, this is exactly what they are looking for. The stripped down cabin is impervious to muddy camping gear.
- Flexible Seating Options
Those boxy cabins allow seating that is more functional and greater flexibility. Most MPVs can easily seat five or more passengers. Where and how those passengers sit in the vehicle can change, as well. In many models, drivers can removes seats to accommodate more baggage space or slide from one side of the car to the other and much more.
It may seem as though MPV drivers trade performance and comfort for flexibility and function, but there are models, like the Kia Soul, that are enjoyable to drive. Manufacturers base some MPV models on sedan and crossover models and ride similarly. Drive performance and maneuverability are also similar to more stylish vehicle models.
- Easy on the Budget
Unlike larger SUVs and high performance sports cars, dealers often price MPVs within a range affordable to most car buyers. The lower price point does not indicate a lack of performance, either. Many MPVs feature powerful engines and benefits found in cars that are more expensive.