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Encyclopedia > Compact MPV
Renault Mégane Scénic, the first car to be marketed as a compact MPV
Renault Mégane Scénic, the first car to be marketed as a compact MPV
Opel Zafira, a seven-seater compact MPV
Opel Zafira, a seven-seater compact MPV

A compact MPV is a car classification used in Europe to describe multi-purpose vehicle versions of small family cars (sometimes also referred to as "compact cars"), fitting between the mini MPV and large MPV subsegments. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 700 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (986 × 844 pixel, file size: 121 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) created by Mazurka File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Compact MPV ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 700 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (986 × 844 pixel, file size: 121 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) created by Mazurka File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Compact MPV ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (913x619, 114 KB) Opel Zafira, eigenes Bild File links The following pages link to this file: General Motors Zafira ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (913x619, 114 KB) Opel Zafira, eigenes Bild File links The following pages link to this file: General Motors Zafira ... It has been suggested that Vehicle size class be merged into this article or section. ... World map showing the location of Europe. ... An MPV or multi-purpose vehicle is a passenger-carrying vehicle based on a car platform, and is generally a one box design—neither a distinct bonnet (US: hood) nor boot (US: trunk), but rather a maximised interior space. ... A Ford Focus, classed as a small family car. ... The Rambler American introduced in the late 1950s was an early compact car. ... A modern minivan - 2004 Chrysler Town & Country Typical early minivan (a Dodge Caravan) A minivan, minibus, people carrier, multi utility vehicle (MUV), or multi purpose vehicle (MPV) is a type of vehicle which has a body that resembles a van, but which has rear side doors, rear side windows, and... A modern minivan - 2004 Chrysler Town & Country Typical early minivan (a Dodge Caravan) A minivan, people carrier, multi utility vehicle (MUV),or multi purpose vehicle (MPV) is a type of vehicle which has a body that resembles a van, but which has rear side doors, rear side windows, and interior...


The first vehicle to be described by that term was the Renault Mégane Scénic, which was voted European Car of the Year on its launch in 1996. Some later models include the Opel Zafira, Citroën Xsara Picasso, Ford Focus C-MAX, Volkswagen Touran, Fiat Multipla and Hyundai Matrix. In few years, compact MPVs outsold estates and saloons in many countries.[citation needed] Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Renault Scenic The Renault Mégane Scénic was the first European car of its kind: a five-seater based on the chassis of a compact hatchback (in this case the Mégane which had been launched a year earlier) but with a high... The European Car of the Year award was established in 1964 by a collective of automobile magazines from different countries in Europe. ... The Zafira is a car from General Motors, branded as an Opel in Europe, except for the UK, where it is branded as a Vauxhall. ... The Citroën Xsara is a compact automobile produced by French manufacturer Citroën since 1997. ... The Ford Focus C-MAX is a compact MPV designed by Ford for the European market and built since 2003. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The Fiat Multipla is the name given to two different automobiles manufactured by Fiat, the first from 1956 to 1965, and the second from 1998 to the present. ... The Hyundai Matrix (known in Australia as the Lavita) is a 5-door 5-seater passenger car, in the body form of a minivan, sold mainly in Europe by Hyundai Motor Company. ... Estate car body style (Saab 95) A station wagon (United States usage), wagon (Australian usage, though station wagon is widely used) or estate car (United Kingdom usage) is a car body style similar to a sedan car but with an extended rear cargo area. ... A Toyota Camry, a recognizable sedan The Ford Five Hundred, a full-sized sedan The 3-box design, indicative of a notchback sedan, as illustrated on a full-size luxury sedan. ...


Most of compact MPVs have better "flexibility" than other body styles: for example, seats may be individually folded or even removed. Due to the multi-purpose architecture, the bonnet is shorter and the passengers sit more upright than in regular cars, providing for a roomier interior.


Compact MPVs remain predominantly a European phenomenon. The Mazda5 is essentially the only vehicle from this class that is currently available in the United States. The Premacy (called Mazda5 in some markets) is a small (C-class) minivan from Mazda. ...


Number of seats

Compact MPVs can be classified by their number of seats. Models with five seats are usually between 4200 mm and 4350 mm long, while six- or seven-seaters range from 4300 mm and 4600 mm. Some compact MPVs referred to as six-seaters have three seats both in the front and rear row — examples are the Fiat Multipla and the Honda FR-V. Five and seven-seaters have a more traditional configuration — the first and (if present) third rows with two seats and the middle row with three. The two rear seats are usually smaller than the others, enough for children or for short distances. 2005 Honda FR-V Hondas FR-V (Honda Edix in Japan) is a 6-seater compact minivan available since late in 2004. ...


Some manufacturers offer the third row seating as an option, and a few offer two distinct models, one of them strictly five-seater, and the other with either fixed or removable additional sixth and seventh seat — examples include the Volkswagen Golf Plus / Touran and the Renault Scénic / Grand Scénic. The Volkswagen Golf is a compact car / small family car manufactured by Volkswagen. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Renault Scenic The Renault Mégane Scénic was the first European car of its kind: a five-seater based on the chassis of a compact hatchback (in this case the Mégane which had been launched a year earlier) but with a high...


MPV / estate crossovers

There are also models which are a mix of a compact MPV and an estate, such as the Peugeot 307 SW, Honda Stream, Fiat Stilo MultiWagon and Toyota Fielder. They are about as long as seven-seater compact MPVs or estate versions of small family cars (4420 mm and 4570 mm, 4515 mm and 4410 mm respectively), but their height is within a grey area (1545 mm, 1570 mm, 1570 mm and 1520 mm), while estates are under 1500 mm and compact MPVs above 1600 mm). A red Peugeot 307 CC, a coupé cabriolet with a folding steel roof The Peugeot 307 Sedan sold in the Chinese Market only The Peugeot 307 is a small family car produced by the French Peugeot manufacturer since 2001. ... The Honda Stream is a minivan manufactured by Honda. ... Fiat Stilo The Fiat Stilo is a small family car produced by the Italian automaker Fiat since 2001. ... The Toyota Corolla is a compact car produced by the Japanese automaker Toyota, which has acquired significant popularity throughout the world since the nameplate was first introduced in 1966. ...


The future of compact MPVs

Some compact MPVs and compact SUVs are becoming closer together regarding design and styling.[citation needed] Some European manufacturers are considering to release off-roader versions of their compact MPVs, like the Volkswagen CrossGolf and Volkswagen Tiguan. [1] These two car segments are blurring, as MPVs are becoming sportier and less boxy (SEAT Altea), while SUVs drop off-road capabilities and adopt MPV-like architecture (Mitsubishi Outlander).[citation needed] Shortcut: WP:-( Vandalism is indisputable bad-faith addition, deletion, or change to content, made in a deliberate attempt to compromise the integrity of the encyclopedia. ... Subaru Forester, one of the first vehicles to be named a compact SUV Suzuki Grand Vitara, a modern compact SUV Compact SUV is a class of small sport utility vehicles with a length between 4. ... Volkswagen Tiguan is a compact crossover SUV to be built by the German automaker Volkswagen, based on the A platform of the Golf. ... SEAT Altea Prototype The SEAT Altea is a compact MPV built by SEAT and named after Altea, Spain. ... The Mitsubishi Outlander is a compact crossover SUV manufactured by Mitsubishi Motors. ...


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