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Best 7-seaters of 2023

The best 7-seaters are the multi-tools of the car world. They’re ready for just about anything, from the school run to the daily commute to taking the whole family to the pub for Sunday lunch.

If you’re in the market for a great seven-seater car then there are a number of fantastic vehicles out there to pick from. Some are luxurious, others sporty, while the best can pack in the extended family and all their luggage.

Because even if you don't regularly drive with seven passengers, having a third row of seats is a great feature in a car. How many of us, after all, have at one point had to take two cars when heading out on a trip with friends or extended family because there simply aren't enough seats to spare? These moments may not come up every day but, when they do, having a seven-seater car is a real boon.

Even if the third row is a little tight, those extra seats are a fantastic resource. Seven-seaters are especially handy for parents, who can take their kids' friends home from school or on outings, earning brownie points from everyone involved.

And for parents with more than one child, having a third row in the back of a car can be a great way of resolving bickering sessions between offspring, or can give older kids a break from their younger siblings, or vice-versa.

Our carwow experts have selected the very best seven-seater cars on the market today.

Audi Q7

1. Audi Q7

Audi Q7 review
Battery range up to 34 miles
Skoda Kodiaq

2. Skoda Kodiaq

Skoda Kodiaq review
Dacia Jogger

3. Dacia Jogger

Dacia Jogger review
Volvo XC90

4. Volvo XC90

Volvo XC90 review
Battery range up to 28 miles

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Mercedes GLB

5. Mercedes GLB

Mercedes GLB review
Land Rover Discovery

6. Land Rover Discovery

Land Rover Discovery review
Kia Sorento

7. Kia Sorento

Kia Sorento review

8. BMW X7

BMW X7 review
SEAT Tarraco

9. SEAT Tarraco

SEAT Tarraco review
Mercedes GLS

10. Mercedes GLS

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The Dacia Jogger is currently the cheapest seven-seater on the market. Prices start comfortably below £20,000, although you will want to spend a bit more for a few modern essentials like an 8.0-inch infotainment system and keyless entry. That pushes you up to the mid- and high-spec models, which hover around that £20k mark.

The SEAT Tarraco is one of the cheapest large seven-seater SUVs, starting around the £30k mark, but if you prefer an MPV, the Ford Grand Tourneo Connect is good value, priced from a little over £30k.

For the most passenger space in all three rows, the largest SUVs like the Land Rover Discovery, BMW X7 and Audi Q7 are the most spacious. The Dacia Jogger has a surprising amount of third-row space, too.

All modern 7-seater vehicles need to pass some stringent crash and safety tests before reaching the market. Even thid-row passengers have seatbelts, and most luxury seven-seaters also offer airbags for every occupant.

It is commonly accepted that a larger, heavier vehicle will be better off than a smaller, lighter one in the event of an accident.

Additional seats on their own may not necessarily affect the insurance premium, however they will be considered together with the main rating factors such as the vehicle size, type, performance and its intended use.

Vehicle reliability is as much to do with maintenance and servicing (as well as a bit of luck) as it is with anything else, but the Kia Sorento and Skoda Kodiaq have a decent reputation for dependability.  The Toyota Highlander is another good bet if you are looking for a trouble-free seven-seater.

To have seven seats a car naturally has to be relatively large, but the Mercedes GLB isn't vast, and the Dacia Jogger's estate (rather than SUV) design makes it seem less bulky than some models.

A diesel Skoda Kodiaq should return strong economy, while the Kia Sorento plug-in hybrid will also save you money at the pumps as long as you regularly charge it up.

This really depends on whether you're looking at when all seven seats are in place, when only five are up, or when all five rear chairs are folded down. The Volvo XC90 has between 316 and 1,856 litres depending on how many seats you have in place, which is pretty decent.

Yes, although most are plug-in hybrids rather than self-charging hybrids. The Volvo XC90 and Kia Sorento can both be had as PHEVs, while the Toyota Highlander is a seven-seat self-charging hybrid.

Yep, the Tesla Model X, although it's only available as a new car in left-hand drive form these days, and the Mercedes EQB is a seven-seater, but the rear two are rather cramped.

The smaller Tesla Model Y is also available as a seven-seater in America, but in the UK only the five-seat Model Y is available at the moment. The Kia EV9 and Volvo EX90 will soon arrive though, to bolster the numbers.