The term MPV stands for Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV) also sometimes called people carriers.
MPV's are about transporting five to seven people in safety and comfort and have room for luggage so really it could be a Multi-Person Vehicle, though they are also referred to as buses and a multi-person vessel would be a ship, so I guess we should stick with the multi-purpose vehicle and they are versatile vehicles with fold down seats, affording you huge amounts of space and some with sliding doors.
They have more headroom and more legroom than the typical saloon or estate car and similarly a higher ride which makes getting in and out of the vehicle easier.
They have storage compartments including some concealed in the floor and power outlets accessible to the rear seats.
In addition, they have (as do all cars sold in Europe since 2014 ) at least two sets of Isofix points to which you can fit ISOfix seats ( think forward-facing child seats).
Typically MPV's have a boxy silhouette, but it's all about being able to relax in a comfortable and spacious interior when on a journey.
It's also jolly handy in respect of parking. Seven people, luggage, one parking space. That's good!
Can I drive a minibus on my ordinary full license?
Want to hire a self-drive minibus for up to 17 people including the driver?
If you are 21 or older and have had a full driving license for at least 2 years then you can drive a minibus with a capacity of up to 17 seats, allowing for a driver and 16 passengers.
So the possession of a full UK driving license enables you to hire and drive a minibus, however, depending on the circumstances you may need to apply for a minibus license.
The UK government states that "you might be able to drive a minibus with up to 16 passenger seats using your current car driving licence as long as there’s no payment from or on behalf of the passengers (it’s not for ‘hire or reward’)."
So in the instance of hiring a minibus for a day trip for a group and everyone is contributing to the cost of the Minibus and you have a full license then notwithstanding being medically fit to drive then you fall into the category of:
you’re driving on a voluntary basis and the minibus is used for social purposes by a non-commercial body
the maximum weight of the minibus is not more than 3.5 tonnes - or 4.25 tonnes including specialist equipment for disabled passengers, for example a wheelchair ramp
Minibuses and MPV's throughout the city and suburbs of Manchester
We provide 7 to 17 seat vehicles from a 5+2 MPV to a 17 seater minibus hire throughout the city of Manchester and the areas of Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan.
Our service includes the delivery of the rented minibus or MPV to your preferred address and collection of the vehicle at the end of the hire period. You can choose from 7 seater vehicles,9 seats, 12 seats,15 seats and 17 seats