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Best 7-seat 4x4s of 2024

The difference between a 7-seater 4x4 and a 7-seater SUV is a pretty subtle one, but in essence a 4x4 car will be more capable off road, and offer more rugged looks. Plus while some SUVs are two-wheel drive, all four wheels in a 4x4 vehicle will be driven by the engine, bolstering traction when the going gets tough or slippery.

And while for many people after seven seats and a raised driving position an SUV will tick all the boxes, some people need, or hanker for, both the ability to carry six passengers, and a car with the ability to venture off beaten tarmac path from time to time.

Only a 7-seater 4x4 will do at this point, and our trusted car reviewers are more than up for the challenge of finding you 10 to choose from. It's fair to say 7-seat 4x4s are a bit of a niche proposition, though, so while we have 10 options for your delectation here, there's not a huge amount more choice on the market if you require a vehicle like this - though do check out our rundown of the best 7-seat SUVs if you don't need full go-anywhere capabilities.

But without further ado, below are the 7-seat 4x4s that have impressed our road-test team for their comfort, on-road manners, interior design and much more, besides.

Land Rover Defender 110

1. Land Rover Defender

Land Rover Defender 110 review
Range Rover
Comfortable Cruiser Award
Highly Commended

2. Range Rover

Range Rover review

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Skoda Kodiaq

3. Skoda Kodiaq

Skoda Kodiaq review
Mercedes-Benz GLS

4. Mercedes GLS

Mercedes-Benz GLS review
Kia Sorento

5. Kia Sorento

Kia Sorento review
Land Rover Discovery

6. Land Rover Discovery

Land Rover Discovery review
Hyundai Santa Fe

7. Hyundai Santa Fe

Hyundai Santa Fe review
Nissan X-Trail
Adventurer's Choice Award
Highly Commended

8. Nissan X-Trail

Nissan X-Trail review
Toyota Land Cruiser (2018-2024)

9. Toyota Land Cruiser

Toyota Land Cruiser (2018-2024) review
SsangYong Rexton

10. SsangYong Rexton

SsangYong Rexton review

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7-seat 4x4s FAQs

One of the 4s in the phrase '4x4' denotes that a vehicle has four wheels, while the other 4 means all of those wheels are powered by the engine, unlike most cars, which are two-wheel drive (most often front, but sometimes rear). Away from that fundamental definition, convention holds that 4x4 cars will be better off-road than SUVs, many of which are front-wheel-drive.

Well, the Skoda Kodiaq is a strong value proposition, but that's arguably more of an SUV than an outright 4x4. The Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento could also fit a value bill. If you need proper off-road capabilities, the Toyota Land Cruiser 7 seater is unstoppable off-road, is likely to carry on working well after some vehicles have been recycled, and is available from just under £50,000 (though do check out the offers you can get through carwow's dealers).

That'll be the Land Rover Discovery, which can carry seven adults, two 3,500kg, carry over 1,000 litres of luggage with five seats in place, and offers generous space in all three seating rows.