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Compare People Movers

We’ve created a guide so you can easily compare people movers in the NZ market. Comparing people movers across our brand range has never been easier. Here you can compare people movers and van performance including towing capacity, economy, luggage capacity, and more.

It’s often the case nowadays that people will say there’s no longer the need for your traditional people movers, and that we’re a nation of SUV lovers. The truth is that we love a good SUV (they really are the perfect vehicle if you’re looking to take the best elements from every vehicle category; think the maneuverability of a hatchback, grounded handling of a station wagon, and off-road capabilities of a 4X4 vehicle). However, if you really want to move a small crowd, you can’t beat a people mover.

Gone are the days of the clunky, traditional people-movers of the past. The ones listed below across our marques feature a myriad (if not all) of the same safety features you’ll find in an SUV or wagon. Whether your criteria includes something a little more economical, extra storage capacity, or that extra dose of power, we’re sure to have a people mover that suits your needs and budget.

As the single largest collection of new automotive brands in New Zealand, or one of the largest pre-owned vehicle inventories, trust the Miles Group to offer an array new or quality used people movers to choose from.

Purchasing a new vehicle is an exciting and important journey, and for most it’s the second largest purchase after a home ownership. With such a big purchase, you naturally want to do some research. With so many different options and specifications out there we understand it can get overwhelming, quickly. So, let us take you through the differences between all the models on offer as we break down performance, towing capacity, fuel economy, cab options, and more.

Have a browse below, or alternatively let us know if we can help by using the live chat function in the lower right hand corner of your screen and one of our Miles Group team will be in touch to point you in the right direction.

We understand, more than most, that you may not be ready to speak to a salesperson just yet, but our team have insights into current stock availability – including what’s here at the dealership, what’s available in the country, and what’s due to arrive on the next boat – that we’re more than happy to share with you. You can make an enquiry here.

If you know what you’re looking for, feel free to complete a test drive booking to get the ball rolling. Be sure to read our blog post on what to expect when test driving vehicles as well.

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Read our people mover/multi-purpose vehicle comparison guide below.

Kia Carnival

The Kia Carnival provides unrivalled style, space, and comfort. Boasting a comprehensive suite of Kia’s most advanced safety technology, the Carnival is the ultimate environment for family travel. Having recently undergone a character evolution, the new Carnival showcases a sense of solidity, futuristic details, and SUV-inspired forms and surfaces.

An impressive 8-seater, it’s easy to reconfigure and change around to suit your needs. Both sets of seats can lay flat, allowing you more room to haul luggage, bikes, etc. To top it all off, sliding doors make tight parking spaces a breeze to get in and out of.

“The ride was surprisingly good, I had expected it to be hard, more like a panel van than anything. Even in the corners it did not roll from side to side like a SUV. But it was smooth as most upmarket sedans. I was so impressed by how it drove that I even pushed it a bit more to see at what stage it might start to feel a bit uneasy. Along an empty road I pushed it quicker through some tight corners, up and over some bumpy roads. The Carnival didn’t even flinch, took it as well as any high-end Euro would. That’s an impressive feat for what the KIA Carnival is. I won’t be saying it’s an 8 seater performance car, but credit where credit is due.” – John Galvin, Drive Life NZ

  • 8-seater
  • Up to 2,785 litres storage capacity
  • 2.2 litre Turbo diesel engine
  • 5 year/100,000 km Kia warranty*
  • 2,000 kg max braked towing capacity
  • Max 148 kW power
  • Max 440 Nm torque
  • From 7.5 L/100 km fuel economy
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Explore the Kia Carnival at Cockram Kia (Christchurch, or Autoworld Timaru).

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Toyota Hiace Granvia

The Toyota Hiace Granvia provides every passenger with luxury hospitality and comfortable premium seating. A roomy 8-seater, the Granvia is perfect for transporting passengers to and from airports, hotels, or functions in both safety and style.

The Granvia oozes comfort and practicality, with highly adjustable seats ensuring maximum passenger comfort. Sliding seats provide access to the rear and ensure it’s easy for passengers to enter or exit, meanwhile the rear row seat base tips up to allow for more legroom, or increased luggage capacity.

“Our tester recently spent some time in the Hiace, and can confirm that whatever Toyota did alongside simply lining the rear has very effectively soundproofed what is basically a large box. A passenger in any row, right down to the back one, was able to easily converse with the driver at speeds of up to 70kph.”- AA NZ

“The Granvia feels stable on the go and well planted at both ends. The steering is responsive considering its van underpinnings, and the front end doesn’t disappear in a flurry of tyre screeching understeer through every corner. It’s surprisingly competent this. Granvia soaks up the bumps and with considered roll control, those onboard won’t find themselves thrown around in their seats.”- Autocar NZ 

  • 8-seater
  • Up to 2,785 litres storage capacity
  • 2.8 litre Turbo diesel engine
  • 3 year/100,000 km Toyota warranty*
  • 1,500 kg max braked towing capacity
  • Max 130 kW power
  • Max 450 Nm torque
  • From 9.2 L/100 km fuel economy
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Explore the Toyota Hiace Granvia >

Volkswagen Caravelle

The Caravelle is synonymous with professional personal transport and has been for over 30 years. Its core expertise? Comfort and flexibility. Its unique skills? Smart digital services and the latest cutting-edge infotainment. At the end of the working day? It seamlessly transforms from an executive vehicle into your personal family minibus.

The Caravelle is a retreat on wheels. Whatever your needs, it won’t bat an eyelid. A dynamic, modular seat mounting system and folding 3-seater bench gives you more increased luggage space, at any time. Plus, the backrests can be folded forward to create a flat surface.

“We like the VW Caravelle more than we ought to. Yes it’s a van, but it’s a very good one – comfortable and quiet over long distances, easy to manoeuvre around town, relatively economical, with a massive, well-appointed interior. It’s worth thinking about if you need lots of seats for many kids, but don’t care for the stigma associated with big SUVs, or if you’re buying to conduct actual business. Long live the van.” – Top Gear Team

Volkswagen Caravelle
  • 9-seater
  • Up to 2,785 litres storage capacity
  • 2.0 litre Turbo diesel engine
  • 5 year/150,000 km Volkswagen warranty*
  • 2,500 kg max braked towing capacity
  • Max 146 kW power
  • Max 340 Nm torque
  • From 7.5 L/100 km fuel economy
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Explore the Volkswagen Caravelle at Miles Continental (Christchurch) or Autoworld (Timaru)

Volkswagen Caddy Life

The iconic Caddy meets the perfect ‘family-first people mover’, combining style, space, and safety into one impressive vehicle. The younger sibling to the Caravelle, this 7-seater is perfect for those looking for an MPV on the smaller side. With the latest Volkswagen driver assistance systems and technology, the Caddy Life makes life more accessible in every way.

Designed with passenger comfort front-of-mind, gone are the days of limited leg room, and backseat arguments over whose elbow touched whose. The Caddy Life is packed full of features, so you no longer need to sacrifice on comfort or space. Fit more into your life with the Caddy Life – ready to tackle whatever you throw at it.

“The Caddy Life has benefitted massively from the move to Volkswagen’s MQB platform, with proper car-like driving dynamics and better equipment than you’d expect from a van-based lump. It even looks good these days. Okay it might not be the most fashionable thing on four wheels, but it’s an immensely spacious family car for the money. Time to forget all about that crossover you were thinking of test driving…”- Top Gear Team

Volkswagen Caddy life top view
  • 7-seater
  • Up to 2,785 litres storage capacity
  • Petrol engine
  • 5 year/150,000 km Volkswagen warranty*
  • 2,500 kg max braked towing capacity
  • Max 84 kW power
  • Max 220 Nm torque
  • From 6.3 L/100 km fuel economy
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Explore the Volkswagen Caddy Life at Miles Continental (Christchurch) or Autoworld (Timaru)

Volkswagen Multivan 6.1

The Volkswagen Multivan builds on its predecessors’ strengths and sets the benchmark in its class. Like the Kombi of past days, the Multivan still stands for maximum freedom and flexibility. No matter what your day entails,  you’ll tackle it with ease thanks to the latest Volkswagen safety and driver assistance systems.

Inside, the interior is well thought out, variable and flexible to suit your needs. Need more space? No worries, all seats in the passenger compartment can be removed. With all seats on an innovative rail system, you can easily adjust, fold and rotate them to fully customise your Multivan.

“A comfortable, well-built, desirable and hugely practical device for carrying seven people with just a few annoying foibles.” – Top Gear Team

  • 7-seater
  • Up to 2,785 litres storage capacity
  • 2.0 litre turbo diesel or twin turbo diesel
  • 5 year/150,000 km Volkswagen warranty*
  • 2,425 kg max braked towing capacity
  • Max 146 kW power
  • Max 450 Nm torque
  • From 7.7 L/100 km fuel economy
  • Front-wheel drive or 4MOTION All-Wheel Drive
  • Explore the Volkswagen Multivan at Miles Continental (Christchurch) or Autoworld (Timaru)

Volkswagen Multivan PHEV

The Multivan is moving with the times. Changing the game with a fresh new design and for the first time, a plug-in hybrid solution (PHEV).

Whether you’re tackling long journeys or simply wanting to reduce your carbon footprint for everyday errands, this van is full of possibilities.

The new Multivan PHEV combines a 1.4 TSI 110kW engine with an 85kW electric motor to produce a combined power output of 160kW. Providing silent, zero-emission driving for distances up to 42km* on pure electric, while giving you flexibility to enjoy longer journeys. If you are away for a longer period, an efficient combustion engine automatically switches on.

“The Multivan PHEV is a family favourite: not only is there oodles of legroom for all, there’s places and cubby holes for virtually everything, including tray tables for all in the rear. There’s less clutter for the driver too, with the gear selector and handbrake all being moved to the dashboard. The new seating configuration freedom meant I could even have my son facing backwards, annoying other drivers and not me – thankfully he doesn’t get travel sick.”- Newshub.co.nz

  • 7-seater
  • 2.0 litre turbo diesel or twin-turbo diesel
  • 5 year/150,000 km Volkswagen warranty*
  • 2,204 kg max braked towing capacity
  • Max 146 kW power
  • Max 450 Nm torque
  • From 7.7 L/100 km fuel economy
  • Front-wheel drive or 4MOTION All-Wheel Drive
  • Explore the Volkswagen Multivan PHEV at Miles Continental (Christchurch) or Autoworld (Timaru)

Mercedes-Benz EQV

At first glance, the EQV is a member of the EQ family. Design elements specially created for the EQ family lend the EQV its progressive character – both outside and inside. The EQV has all the hallmark features you know and love about a Mercedes-Benz, wrapped up into an electric family people mover. With an indicative range of up to 343km (WLTP)*, the EQV is also suitable for both long distances and quick trips.

Inside, you’ll find a space designed with your well-being in mind, a true luxury people mover. A key feature inside is the MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) multimedia system, which features a high-quality glass surface and generous screen size.

The EQV is probably the best of the seven-seat electric options currently available – it’s well-specced, comfortable enough for everyone onboard and doesn’t compromise on practicality. – Top Gear Team

Mercedes-Benz V-Class

Sit back and relax – for ultimate comfort on the road, look no further than the V-Class. Featuring a high-quality interior, an exclusive, perfectly shaped cockpit, panoramic sliding sunroof, and temperature-controlled cup holders, the V-Class is truly setting the standards in the luxury MPV market.

And it looks great while doing so as well. Just as thrilling at the first glance as it is after thousands of kilometres, its expressive exterior design highlights striking lines and large and smooth, poised surfaces.

“The Mercedes-Benz V250 d is impressive in so many ways – the way it drives, the fuel economy, the practicality and cargo room, the high-end interior, and with the AMG Line pack it looks stealthily sexy. Yes, you’re paying more for the V250 d than most other vans this size, but if you’re running a chauffeur business and you want to impress, this is the way to do it. If it’s for a family it’s hard to go wrong here, too, plus you’ll look damned cool arriving at footy, rather than in an SUV like everybody else.” – CarsGuide.com.au

Compare Pre-Owned People Movers

With access to 20 car brands across our network, we also have a large number of pre-loved MPVs ready for their next home.

With new vehicles coming onto our yards daily our stock is always changing so we encourage to you to view the full range online. When you purchase a car from Miles Group the service doesn’t just stop when you drive off the yard. Our exceptional after-sales service, including personalised service and WOF reminders is designed to ensure you get the very best vehicle ownership experience around.

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Electric range: WLTP is the new official EU test used to calculate standardised fuel consumption and CO₂ figures for passenger cars. It measures fuel, energy consumption, range and emissions. This is designed to provide figures closer to real-world driving behaviour. It tests vehicles with optional equipment and with a more demanding test procedure and driving profile. Figures are shown as a range under WLTP testing measures. The most economical figures refer to the most efficient/lightest set of options. A vehicle’s actual fuel consumption may differ from that achieved in such tests and these figures are for comparative purposes only.

*Warranty information:

  • Every new Volkswagen comes with a 5-year/150,000 km warranty.
  • Every new Kia comes with a 5-year/100,000 km warranty.
  • Every new Toyota comes with a 3-year/100,000 km warranty.
  • Every new Mercedes-Benz comes with a 5-year/unlimited km warranty.

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