Car talk

 
Ryan Borroff
Citroen C3 Picasso 1.6 HDi, £14,090
It’s cheaper and, Citroen would argue, just as stylish as the 500L, but the C3 Picasso has been around a while so fickle urbanites may see it as outmoded. Still, it remains a characterful car with an impressive interior. It’s comfortable, practical and visibility is good.

Ford B-Max 1.0-litre EcoBoost, £16,195
Newly kitted out with practical pillar-less sliding doors and the option of a super frugal 1.0-litre three-cylinder Ecoboost engine, Ford’s B-Max will be a popular and formidable rival for people that don’t mind being a bit more vanilla in their tastes.

Mini Countryman 1.6 Cooper SD, £22,130
The one to beat if you’re trying to attract bright young things, the Mini Countryman is well-built and comfortable. It’s fast, but it’s less flexible and lacks space compared to some rivals. It’s also expensive so it’s for fully paid-up Mini fans only.