Mini MPV (Multi-Purpose Vehicle) or B-segment MPV is a vehicle size classification describing a high-roof supermini or subcompact hatchback with a flexible interior layout, fitting below the compact MPV and large MPV/Minivan classifications. Some manufacturers describe these as a mini sport utility vehicle.
The mini MPV combines a tall, high-roof five-door one- or two-box hatchback body configuration with a supermini's platform, engines and mechanicals — in order to provide the interior volume, packaging and comfort of a larger C-segment vehicle within a B-segment footprint. The configuration offers higher h-point seating, easy passenger and cargo access with wide-opening rear doors and large rear hatch, and a re-configurable interior volume with seats that recline, slide, tumble, fold flat or allow easy removal — allowing users to reprioritize passenger and cargo volumes.
Writing for The Telegraph in 2004, noted automotive journalist James May wrote that mini-MPV's "are invariably based on an existing hatchback, but offer more headroom, extra 'oddments storage'... and perhaps a touch of sliding seat tomfoolery in the back.... what we are seeing with the mini-MPV is the re-invention of the hatchback, nothing more. It's a good idea, and long overdue, but that's all it is."
In the United States, sales of mini-MPV's are small, with the same Fiat 500L recording 30,000 sales as of early 2017 — over four model years.
In Canada, as of 2013, the market for mini-MPV's wasn't "large, and even the overarching minivan segment is gradually shrinking as the industry expands."
- 2013 European mini-MPV sales reached 411,833 in 2012 and 450,897 in 2013.
- 2014 By 2014 sales of small MPVs in Europe plateaued at just over 400,000 annual sales, as sales of small crossovers increased.
- 2015 By 2015, the small MPV segment in Europe fell as small crossover segment increased, with sales down 15% in 2015 to 350,000, the lowest figure for the segment since 2003 when the first generation Opel Meriva appeared.
- 2016 By the first quarter of 2016, sales fell 20% after the 15% drop in 2015, with the Fiat 500L leading the segment in sales.
- BMW 2 Series Active Tourer
- Chevrolet Spin
- Chrysler PT Cruiser
- Citroën C3 Picasso
- Daihatsu Sigra
- Ford B-Max
- Ford Fusion (Europe)
- Fiat Idea
- Fiat 500L
- Honda Mobilio
- Hyundai ix20
- Kia Venga
- Lancia Musa
- Mazda Verisa
- Mercedes Benz B-Class
- Mini Countryman
- Mitsubishi Colt
- Nissan Livina
- Nissan Note
- Nissan Cube
- Renault Modus
- Opel Meriva
- Suzuki Ertiga
- Kia Soul
- Toyota Avanza
- Toyota Sienta
- Wuling Confero
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