Hybrid cars off plenty of advantages including silent electric running around town letting you save your fuel for faster roads. Equally, seven-seater cars offer the kind of practicality that makes them indispensable to large families, dog walkers and flat pack furniture enthusiasts. Surely combining the two is a no-brainer?
Here’s a list of the best seven-seat hybrid cars – bear in mind it’s not very long because the class is still in its infancy but more models are due in the coming years. Take a look at our new car deals page to see how much carwow could help you save. If you’re not so fussed about the fuel type, check out our list of the best seven-seat cars or use our PCP calculator to get a better idea how much your new car could cost.
Volvo XC90 T8
The second generation Volvo XC90 large SUV promises to be faster, more luxurious and more advanced than any Volvo before it. Under the bonnet lies a decidedly pedestrian 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine boosted by a combination of supercharging and turbocharging. Complementing this is a powerful electric motor for a total of 406hp and 0-62mph dispatched in just 5.6 seconds – yet average fuel economy of 135mpg.
Inside is the Volvo’s party piece – a sumptuous cabin trimmed in leather and wood that looks as modern as it does stylish. Its huge body also means the cabin is enormous so seven full-size adults could fit for shorter journeys. It’s not cheap, but the XC90 represents the pinnacle of hybrid seven-seat transport.
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Range Rover Sport Hybrid
Range Rovers have never been synonymous with good fuel economy but the Range Rover Sport Hybrid goes a little way to remedying this. It mates the standard 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine with an electric motor for a total of 354hp, permitting a 0-60mph time of 6.4 seconds. At the same time, fuel consumption increases over the non-hybrid by 5.2mpg to 45.6mpg and CO2 emissions drop by 21g/km to 164g/km.
These numbers aren’t as groundbreaking as the Volvo’s but they don’t tell the full story. If the Range Rover Sport Hybrid is driven at low speeds around town, you’re unlikely to be using the engine – enhancing the potential fuel savings over a regular model. Like the regular Range Rover, it has a luxurious interior with lots of leather-trimmed surfaces and plentiful on-board tech but, unlike its bigger brother, offers seating for seven.
If the other two options are just too pricey for you, the Toyota Prius+ makes for a much more down-to-earth option. Like the smaller Toyota Prius, the Prius+ features a 1.8-litre petrol engine running on a special fuel-sipping combustion cycle mated to an electric motor. The combo delivers a total of 136hp, enough to cover 0-62mph in 11.3 seconds while averaging up to 69mpg depending on wheel size.
The sturdy cabin feels suitably futuristic if slightly lagging behind rivals in terms of overall quality of materials and attractiveness of design. Being based on a family hatchback, the Prius+’s rearmost seats are best suited to small adults and children but fold to reveal a sizeable load bay. The CVT automatic gearbox is noisy when pushed hard but, for most drivers, the Prius+’s silent running will make up for it.
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Wild card – Tesla Model X
If you really want to embrace new tech, you could ditch combustion engines altogether and go for the fully electric Tesla Model X. This odd-looking SUV hides an pair of immensely powerful electric motors delivering up to 700hp through all four wheels. A 300-mile range is claimed but you’re unlikely to see this if you regularly enjoy the Tesla’s supercar-beating performance.
The cabin – with its peculiar gullwing rear doors – is typical Tesla in that it features a minimalist design and a vast portrait-orientated touchscreen infotainment system. With its low-slung battery pack, it should offer a sizeable third row of seats large enough for smaller adults or larger children.
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