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If you carry lots of people, or lots of luggage, or both, then a 7-seater car could be for you.
The best 7-seaters are flexible, allowing you to switch between lots of seats or lots of boot space. The biggest 7-seaters manage to do both - comfortably taking six passengers and their stuff.
Seven-seater cars come with three rows of seats. Row One is for the driver and front passenger. Row Two is the middle row, where there are three seats. And finally the two seats in the rear is called Row Three. Usually these two seats fold down into the floor to make extra space for a large boot.
With many 7-seater cars, those two seats in the rear are best suited for occasional use only. They tend to be quite cramped for adults but should be fine for kids.
But with so many to choose from, our team of experts have picked the best 7-seaters on the market, to help you narrow down your search.
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The best 7-seater cars have everything you want in a practical car - flexible seating, useful interiors, decent space and economical engines. Here are the carwow top five.
The VW Touran's party trick is that there is decent space for everyone in this seven-seater car. And apart from this clever packaging you get a car that has a high-quality interior and a good choice of engines.
The Peugeot 5008 shows that you can have a reasonably practical seven-seat car yet still have room for some design flair and an interesting interior. Standard equipment is good too.
This plush seven-seater has been around for a while now, but it's comfortable, good to drive and comes packed with lots of kit. The second row of seats are pretty flexible and, if you choose a diesel engine, you'll find it provides decent fuel economy.
The Skoda Kodiaq ticks lots of boxes. It's great value for money, has lots of space inside and comes with a raft of practical touches that make it ideally suited to family life. And even with seven seats being used, it still has a decent-sized boot.
Big isn't always best. There is a range of capable, (relatively) small cars that come with a third row of seats. Here's our list of the best small 7-seaters on the market.
The Volkswagen Touran is the perfect choice if you would love a Golf but need a seven-seater car. The Touran shares the Golf’s sophisticated styling and high-quality interior, which is impressively well equipped but it tops this list as it has the best space for seven - even in the third row.
The Vauxhall Combo Life is immensely practical, has loads of room and looks good value. You might not like its looks or utilitarian interior but it's practical, spacious and the rear most seats are pretty usable too.
If you need seven seats but also value a premium interior then the BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer offers both. However, its sixth and seventh seats are best reserved for children. Everything inside has BMW’s trademark solid build and most of the plastics look and feel expensive.
7-seater cars are popular with families thanks to the versatility afforded by an extra row of seats. The kids will be happy there’s room for their friends but we’ve made sure the large 7-seaters on this list will fit adults in the back just as easily, too.
The SEAT Alhambra is an excellent 7-seater car if you prioritise build quality and value for money. It has a premium, upmarket feel and space for all passengers is excellent. So you’ll manage to get 7 adults in without fuss and even with all seats in place, boot space is still impressive.
The Volkswagen Sharan is the pricier relation of the SEAT Alhambra but comes with more equipment. Being effectively identical to the SEAT means you get the same great range of engines including a fantastic 2.0-litre diesel. There’s acres of rear passenger space and those sliding rear doors are sure to make life easier.
Not only is the Ford Galaxy a fantastic people mover but adds a touch of luxury, too. All the materials have a premium feel and the dashboard is dominated by a fantastic eight-inch infotainment system. The Galaxy ensures even the tallest adults should have room to spare - even in the rear-most seats.
The BMW X7 is a proper seven-seater, which is to say, two adults will be able to sit in comfort in its rearmost seats on a long journey. As well as this, the infotainment systems don’t get better than BMW’s iDrive and the X7 comes with the most advanced version, but continues to be a doddle to navigate.
7-seater cars are practical but they also tend to be large, heavy cars – and therefore not particularly economical. These 7-seat models have hybrid power to reduce fuel consumption without losing any usability.
The Volvo XC90 blends handsome Swedish styling with advanced tech. The T8 hybrid 7-seater uses a 2.0-litre petrol engine and an electric motor to generate a total of 407hp. Despite impressive performance, it claims an average of of over 100mpg and has enough space in the third row of seats for adults on short journeys.
With 7 seats and hybrid power in a premium package, the Range Rover Sport Hybrid is worth a look, returning the same 46mpg as the 2.0-litre diesel model. Kids will be fine in the third-row seats but adults won’t want to be back there for very long. All occupants will appreciate the plush interior though.
If your budget doesn’t stretch to the Volvo or Range Rover, the Renault Grand Scenic hybrid is a cheaper choice. It averages 80.6mpg and while the sixth and 7th seats are handy they only have a limited amount of head and legroom – fold them down and the vast 596-litre boot will prove more useful.
The Toyota Prius+, with its advanced petrol engine combined with an electric motor, returns an impressive 64mpg – although the standard CVT automatic gearbox can make the engine roar under hard acceleration. Again, the cramped sixth and 7th seats are best suited to occasional passengers and the space they leave when folded is probably more useful.
The Lexus RX L has a very comfortable interior. Leather comes as standard, as does electrically adjustable, heated and cooled front seats. The petrol-electric hybrid system means the Lexus RX L is good for an official fuel economy of 48mpg, but expect 40mpg or less in the real world. The rear seats are only suitable for children, however.
Whether it’s a chunky SUV or a roomy people mover, your large, practical 7-seater doesn’t have to be expensive to run. We’ve drawn up a list of the most efficient 7-seater cars on sale.
Pair the slick Volvo XC90 with its efficient T8 hybrid engine and you’ve got yourself a supremely comfortable 7-seater SUV that’ll return over 100mpg, too - on paper at least. And Volvo has designed this efficient SUV to swallow 1,951 litres of luggage with the rear two rows of seats folded.
The Renault Grand Scenic serves up a tempting combination of smart looks, a spacious interior, an all-important third row of seats and an incredibly frugal diesel hybrid model that’ll return 81mpg. Another neat touch? The rear seats can be dropped electrically at the press of a button.
The exceptionally practical Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer comes with 7 seats, futuristic styling and a panoramic glass roof that makes it feel as airy and spacious inside. To eke out the most miles per gallon, the 1.6-litre 90hp diesel is the engine to go for – it’ll return an impressive 74mpg.
The Fiat 500L MPW wraps a practical 7-seater cabin in retro looks inspired by the standard 500 hatchback. With its huge variety of personalisation options, impressive 72mpg fuel economy and ability to carry 1,509 litres of luggage with the rear seats folded away, it’s a quirky but economical addition to our list.
Pick the Peugeot 5008 with the 1.5-litre diesel and you get a decent 7-seater car that is good for nearly 70mpg, on paper at least. Even the 1.2-litre petrol manages over 50mpg. As well as efficient engines you get lots of standard equipment and it looks stylish too.
7-seat cars can be really handy – even if you don’t use all the seats at all times, they often have some of the biggest boots on the market. Buying a used car can help rein in extra costs so here are our best used 7-seaters.
The VW Touran is a practical 7-seater car that is easy to drive, simple to operate and looks good in an understated way. The middle row features three individual seats that slide and recline individually, so you can create more room for luggage or passengers.
The Audi Q7 is another premium 7-seat SUV worth putting on your used car shortlist. The cabin is fractionally smaller than a Volvo XC90 but is still large enough to carry 7 adults for short journeys. It has an interior built from upmarket-feeling materials, impeccable build quality and high-tech options.
If you’re after a used premium 7-seater, chances are you’ll like the Volvo XC90. It offers plenty of plus points – not least its spacious 7-seat cabin. Soft suspension and lovely seats make it utterly effortless to waft away hours in comfort.
If your idea of a family holiday is trekking up a mountain, then the Land Rover Discovery should be at the peak of your 7-seat shortlist. A new version came out in 2017, but the previous model still has acres of interior space, a massive boot and huge towing capacity.