Best cars with sliding doors

Take away the challenge of trying to squeeze out of your big people carrier and take the keys to a car with sliding doors

BuyaCar team
Sep 30, 2021

Cars are getting bigger, and you'll know all about that if you're driving a people carrier. The trouble is, bigger cars are much more difficult to squeeze into car parking spaces that don't seem to be growing at the same rate, and it can be a bit of nightmare trying to squeeze in and out once you're parked, especially if you're struggling with small children.

There ways to limit your struggles, though, and one of the best options is to buy a car with sliding doors. No more battling to keep a door open while you're wrestling with child seats, and no more sharp intakes of breath as you hear a back door clang against the side of another car. Sliding doors really are a godsend if you have a large family car, even the most hyperactive children can only do so much damage with sliding doors.

Not only are sliding doors incredibly convenient in car parks, they also open extremely wide which makes strapping in children or filling the car with luggage a simple task. They may make your car feel a bit like a van, but if you're driving a big people carrier, you're probably driving it because of its practicalities rather than what it looks like.

A 7-seater car with sliding doors could well be the car you never knew you needed. If you're keen to find out more, and maybe even get on and make purchase, there are plenty of used cars with sliding doors available right now on BuyaCar. This list of some of the best will be a good place to get your car buying journey up and running.

Best cars with sliding doors

Seven-seater cars with sliding doors

1. Mercedes V-Class

Used deals from £37,890
Monthly finance from £619*

In terms of space and accommodation, the Mercedes V-Class is in a class of its own. There may only be two trim levels (both well equipped) but there are no less than three body lengths ranging from the 4895mm-long Standard model to the 5370mm-long Extra Long. And as the name Extra Long suggests - this is a laaaarge car.

Standard length is a seven-seater only (Extra Long is an eight-seater) but even with all seats in place there’s 610 litres of luggage space - as much as many big-booted estate cars offer.

Sport is the lower of the two specification levels available but even so packs 18-inch alloy wheels, LED lights, leather, dual powered sliding doors, adaptive suspension and a reversing camera. The 250d diesel engine is the most powerful engine on offer. It produces 194hp, enough to take the big V-Class from 0-62mph in 9.1 seconds.

MERCEDES V-CLASS BUYERS' GUIDE

2. Peugeot Rifter

Used deals from £17,995
Monthly finance from £309*

Buying trends among the public are moving away from traditional MPVs, and even SUVs, and into crossovers that look like off-roaders, but don't offer much tangible off-road ability. In an attempt to counter this trend, and keep its latest boxy van-based MPV popular, Peugeot insists the Rifter borrows styling queues like plastic cladding and raised suspension from its other crossovers, like the Peugeot 3008.

It comes in two different sizes and can be configured with five or seven seats. No matter what you think of the looks, as a practical family car, not much can beat it for space. But what’s really impressive is the space inside, and not just for the occupants. It has 180 litres worth of storage space in the interior - in other words, it has 12 litres more space scattered around cubbyholes in the cabin than a Toyota Aygo does in its actual boot.

PEUGEOT RIFTER BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Seat Alhambra

Used deals from £16,699
Monthly finance from £359*

Sliding doors? Check. Seven seats? Check. Feeling lazy? Well, if you are, SE L and Xcellence spec cars get power operated hatchback and sliding doors. This means that you don’t have to actually bother opening the rear doors or boot yourself. A secret upside of this is that your kids can feel like a contestant in the latest series of BBC’s The Apprentice.

The Seat badge on the bonnet helps keep prices cheap, and there a regular Seat Alhambra discounts that make ownership even better value. Go for a used model and you can take advantage of even lower prices - despite the car's large size, prices for used Alhambras can be surprisingly small.

SEAT ALHAMBRA BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Ford Grand C-Max

Used deals from £10,058
Monthly finance from £190*

Not to be confused with the smaller, five-seat C-Max, which has conventional doors, the Grand C-Max is a seven-seater with sliding doors that make life easier for anyone trying to clamber into the two seats in the third row. Also making life simpler is the way the middle seat in the second row can be folded away to create a ‘corridor’ from the front to the rear of the vehicle.

The Grand C-Max uses mechanical parts from the old Ford Focus, so it’s feels notably more agile around corners than van-based alternatives. An update in 2015 modernised the design, as shown above, but earlier cars are still just as practical with sliding doors.

FORD C-MAX BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Volkswagen Caravelle

Used deals from £40,000
Monthly finance from £639*

With many new versions approaching £45,000, the Caravelle is not for the faint-hearted - so it's worth looking at used models for maximum value. Either way, you really need a good reason to buy one especially since by most measures, the VW Sharan people carrier beats it. Where it doesn't, however, is in the Caravelle’s enormous interior space and its ability to accommodate adults, rather than just two children, in the rearmost seats.

The 2.0-litre BiTDi 204hp diesel engine is a cracker making this VW feel surprisingly fast, but you’ll find the lesser-powered and cheaper 2.0-litre diesel is just fine for most situations. SE trim has alloy wheels, power sliding doors, a digital radio with colour screen, and two removable third-row seats. Top-spec Executive adds a few luxuries, but adds more than £4,000 to the price. It’s not worth it. If you need more space there’s a long wheelbase version too.

6. Volkswagen Sharan

Used deals from £19,722
Monthly finance from £361*

Based on the same mechanical parts as the Seat Alhambra found further up this page, the Sharan is another large, seven-seat MPV with sliding doors.

Like most such vehicles, life’s a little cramped for those in the back row but if you’re small, there’s little to complain about. Its list price is more expensive than the Seat, but you may find that finance deals on the Sharan make the monthly payments level. Either way if you're considering one, it makes sense to compare prices on the other.

VOLKSWAGEN SHARAN BUYERS' GUIDE

7. Toyota Proace Verso

Used deals Limited stock

If you need a truly big people carrier, there’s not much that can equal a Toyota Proace Verso. Sharing a design and French production facility with the Peugeot Traveller and Citroen SpaceTourer, the Toyota Proace is based on a medium size van and offers airy accommodation for up to nine adults. It’s not as nicely finished as a Volkswagen Caravelle, but it does feels slightly larger, and the interior feels impressively high quality.

Although the nine-seater Shuttle version is an option, we’d recommend the eight-seater ‘Family’ trim as the one to go for, as it offers more comfortable seating. A seven-seat ‘VIP’ versions is plusher still, but rather expensive.

Five-seater cars with sliding doors

1. Citroen Berlingo MPV

Used deals from £17,495
Monthly finance from £296*

The Citroen Berlingo is now in its third generation, and makes a fair fist of hiding its van origins with a stylish nose that apes the design of other Citroen models. Inside, there is a smart-looking dashboard with a prominent eight-inch touchscreen media system perched on top – it all feels suitably quirky and high-tech and very much not like a van (even though it is based on the Berlingo van).

That feeling continues when you get on the road, with a surprisingly smooth ride and handling that’s not as roly-poly as you might expect of such a tall-looking car. There is, of course, acres of space - including 775 litres of boot space with the seats up and a whopping 3,000 litres with them folded down. There’s also a larger seven-seat version.

CITROEN BERLINGO BUYERS' GUIDE

2. Ford Tourneo Connect

Used deals Limited stock

Ford offers plenty of cars with sliding doors, each with their own unique features. One look at the Tourneo Connect is all you need to realise that it’s basically a converted van, which gives it an enormous amount of luggage space: the boot is 1,529 litres in size (more than three times the amount that you get in a Ford Focus) - with the seats up.

With rear seats folded forward, the car basically reverts to a van, delivering an enormous luggage area. The larger seven-seat Grand Tourneo Connect can accommodate a couple of bicycles stored upright. Its commercial vehicle origins make it a little noisy on the road (there’s not as much soundproofing as in a normal family car) but the level of equipment is equal to what you’d expect of a family hatchback - and better than you’d get in a van.

3. Volkswagen Caddy Life

Used deals Limited stock

If your budget is tight, but you really want your sliding door MPV to come with a VW badge, then the Caddy Life is the obvious answer. It’s a little more expensive than a Citroen Berlingo or a Fiat Doblo, but it feels almost as well put together inside as a Golf. So much, much better than most of its direct rivals.

It’s also an awful lot cheaper than the bigger VW Sharan. It is a shame that the more powerful 150hp diesel is only available in the larger seven-seat Maxi Life variant.

4. Fiat Qubo

Used deals Limited stock

The trick with a practical, no-nonsense car like the Qubo is to keep it real. Avoid the top-spec Trekking version and plump for the mid-range Lounge model. It has all the things necessary to elevate it beyond budget level (alloy wheels, air-conditioning, steering wheel controls and a 5.0-inch touchscreen media system with Bluetooth and a USB connection) without breaking the bank.

The 1.3-litre Multijet diesel engine is hardly powerful, but it does have enough shove to haul you and your family around easily enough and to keep up with fast-flowing traffic. The Qubo leans a lot in corners and its steering is light and vague, but if you accept these limitations, it’s pleasant enough. Practicality is its big virtue: those twin sliding doors open onto as much as 2,500 litres of load space with the rear seats folded.

*Representative PCP finance - Ford Fiesta:

48 monthly payments of £192
Deposit: £0
Mileage limit: 8,000 per year
Optional final payment to buy car: £2,923
Total amount payable to buy car: £11,926
Total cost of credit: £2,426
Amount borrowed: £9,500
APR: 9.9%

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