(MPV stands for multi-purpose vehicle
, although the full name is rarely used) is a car classification
used to describe superminis
which have taller build, fitting below the compact MPV
and large MPV
Differences from other vehicles
A mini MPV is closely related in concept to the leisure activity vehicle
, which is a passenger derivative of a panel van
. The main differences regarding design are that a mini MPV has a shorter bonnet and the windshield is almost parallel to it, while a leisure activity vehicle features a more traditional bonnet and a more vertical windshield. Passengers sit more upright in a mini MPV and their centre of gravity is higher than in a leisure activity vehicle.
Other differences between the two classes of cars focus on their target markets. Leisure activity vehicles are very similar to panel vans, the former tend to have less expensive materials and building quality and are offered as a supermini and small family car
alternative with a better interior room for the price. In contrast, mini MPVs have more or less the same qualities as superminis. With their increased interior room, mini MPVs are usually more expensive than a supermini or leisure activity vehicle, and sometimes as much as a small family car.
Definition of a mini MPV
If a mini MPV is defined by external dimensions, the upper length limit is more or less clear: the Nissan Note
, the largest mini MPV, is 4085 mm long and the Scion xD
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