If you must have a people-mover, the Kia Carnival currently is the pick for value and features.

Eight seats plus proper luggage space put it ahead of virtually all SUVs and a diesel engine isn’t available in the rival Toyota Tarago or Honda Odyssey.

Flat-fold the third seat row and fold or remove the centre row for truly vast cargo capacity.

In the Platinum, sliding doors are electric, seats are leather and there are enough USB ports for everyone to charge their phones and tablets. The boot houses a handy rechargeable flashlight.

Kia has tuned the suspension for Australian roads and with the strong diesel performance and six-speed automatic the Carnival drives extremely well.

A reversing camera and active cruise control are among driver aids.

Surprisingly, the Carnival rated four out of five in Australian crash-testing, although it scored higher in United States tests.

Design options are limited with people-movers, but Kia has managed to make one that looks good and retains dimensions compact enough to comfortably fit parking spaces.

$59,990 plus on-roads | People-mover
2.2 litre Turbodiesel3 | 147kW/440Nm

PRO: Space, features, driveability
CON: Glamour deficit
VERDICT: Perfect for purpose