What Does MPV Mean?

MPV (Multi-Purpose Vehicle) is a car classification used in Europe to describe vehicles designed with a taller build and flexible interior layout, more commonly known as people carriers. The MPV emerged as a popular vehicle in the 1990s, with the Renault Espace, Renault Scenic, CitroŽn C3 Picasso and Ford Galaxy being high-selling examples. The MPV is known as the minivan in the US or the space wagon in Japan.

MPVs should not be confused with the SUV (off-road, four-wheel drive Sports Utility Vehicle) or the urban crossover (two-wheel drive SUV lookalikes). These vehicles are usually more compact, contain fewer seats and are designed for outdoor pursuits rather than a means of transporting families in comfort.

Summary of Key Points

"Multi-Purpose Vehicle" is the most common definition for MPV on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Multi-Purpose Vehicle
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

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When I write MPV, I mean this:

meaning of MPV
The Ford C-Max is a typical European MPV.


Examples of MPV in Sentences

Here is an example of MPV being used in a conversation:
  • Person A: I just traded my sports car in for an MPV.
  • Jordan: Are you nuts? You know that is your life over now, right?
  • Person A: Funny guy. I guess you donít want a lift to football training with all the others then?

An Academic Look at MPV

MPV is an initialism abbreviation. This means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Em Pee Vee). Initialisms contrast with acronyms, which are spoken like words.

Example of MPV Used in a Text


See Also

BANGER (an old car) DRIVE_BY (to shoot from a car) GTI (high-performance car with a fuel-injected engine) M3 (sporty model of BMW car) MERC (Mercedes Benz car) MOT (Ministry of Transport car safety test) NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing) OHAC (own house and car) SLAB (slow low and banging (car customizing)) ATV (All-Terrain Vehicle) CRV (Compact Recreational Vehicle) DERV (Diesel Engine Road Vehicle) HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) LEV (Low Emission Vehicle) PUV (Public Utility Vehicle) RHD (Right-Hand Drive)