Kia - Carens
You can't do that much with an intrinsically boxy compact MPV, but Kia has done a good job of hinting at an SUV.
It goes around corners confidently enough, but you will never actively enjoy the experience.
Stiff bodywork and compliant suspension make for a comfortable ride.
Korean products have a well-deserved reputation for reliability. Interior plastics are good in the front, but get progressively cheaper as you move back.
This is too big and heavy for a 2.0 litre petrol - go for the more flexible, more economical diesel.
It has seven reasonably comfortable seats - what more can you ask for from this type of car?
Good fuel economy (in the diesel) and cheap servicing make for a cost-effective proposition. Depreciation is likely to be about average.
It has to be good - no-one will buy a Kia if it costs the same as a VW.
Reasonable, if unexciting, stereo. We never get to see some of the fancy stuff fitted in Korea - their systems are not compatible with European RDS.