It's back to school season and, since buses aren't available everywhere, for some people it's time to drive the kids to their classes. With all those important soccer football matches games, swimming lessons and family escapes on long weekends, you need a vehicle with enough seats for your children and a place to keep all their gear. Minivans tend to be heavier than sedan counterparts, not only because of size, but because they have the latest security additions available. But can you keep your mileage high while driving such vehicles and reduce your emissions? For European minivans, the keys include keeping the vehicles compact, developing them from compact cars and using diesel powertrains. Follow us past the jump for a look at what the European market has to offer.

[Source: Auto News]

Model Engine size (cm3) Horsepower l/100 km (mpg U.S.) Seats MRSP Price (Germany)
Honda FR-V 2.2i-CTDi Comfort 2,204 140 6.3 (37.3) 6 €26,350
Ford Galaxy 2.0 TDCi Trend 1,997 116 6.2 (37.9) 7 €31,000
Ford S-Max 2.0 TDCi Trend 1,997 116 6.2 (37.9) 5 €29,250
Mazda 5 2.0 CD Comfort 1,998 110 6.1 (38.6) 5 €22,500
Kia Carens 2.0 CRDi 1,991 140 6.1 (38.6) 5 €22,110
VW Sharan BlueMotion Trendline 1,968 140 6.0 (39.2) 5 €32,550
Citroën C4 Grand Picasso HDi 110 FAP Style 1,560 109 5.9 (39.9) 7 €25,000
Opel Zafira 1.7 CDTI ecoFlex 1,686 110 5.7 (41.3) 7 €24,290
Ford C-Max 2.0 TDCi Ghia 1,997 136 5.7 (41.3) 5 €25,500
Citroën C4 Picasso HDi 110 FAP Style EGS6 1,560 109 5.7 (41.3) 5 €24,600
VW Touran BlueMotion Conceptline 1,896 105 5.4 (43.6) 5 €24,250
Seat Altea XL 1.9 TDI Reference 1,896 105 5.4 (43.6) 5 €21,790
Renault Scénic 1.5 dCi FAP Avantage 1,461 103 5.2 (45.2) 5 €23,360
Citroën Xsara Picasso HDi 110 FAP Style 1,560/td> 109 5.7 (41.3) 5 €23,250
Ford C-Max 1.6 TDCi Ambiente 1,560 90 4.8 (49) 5 €20,750


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