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."
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