Seven-seat cars are always useful, whether you’re on the school run or making the trip to the tip. Having so many seats can mean they tend to be large, heavy cars – putting a noticeable dent in your fuel bills. These seven-seat models have hybrid power to reduce fuel consumption without losing any practicality.
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[2018 update: Our list of the best seven-seat hybrid cars doesn’t see any changes for 2018. If you’re looking for an affordable, family-friendly model, there’s the Renault Grand Scenic and Toyota Prius+ while the upmarket Volvo XC90 and Range Rover Sport hybrids cater for more generous budgets.]
Here are the best seven-seat hybrid cars on sale:
- Volvo XC90 T8
- Range Rover Sport Hybrid
- Renault Grand Scenic Hybrid Assist
- Toyota Prius+
- Wild card – Tesla Model X
Volvo XC90 T8
The Volvo XC90 blends handsome Swedish styling with advanced tech under the bonnet. The T8 version uses a turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine and an electric motor to generate a total of 407hp – enough to hit 62mph from rest in just 5.6 seconds. Despite the impressive performance, it claims an average of 134.5mpg and has enough space in the sixth and seventh seats for adults on short journeys.
Range Rover Sport Hybrid (2018)
If you want seven seats and hybrid power but in a more premium package, the Range Rover Sport Hybrid is worth a look. It returns the same 46mpg as the entry-level 2.0-litre diesel model, but its 354hp output is more than 110hp greater, giving it impressive acceleration. Kids will be fine in the third-row seats but adults won’t want to be back there for very long, although all occupants will appreciate the plush leather upholstery and attractive dashboard design.
Renault Grand Scenic Hybrid Assist
If your budget doesn’t stretch to the pricey Volvo or Range Rover, the Renault Grand Scenic might make a better choice. It mates the firm’s efficient and responsive 1.5-litre diesel engine with an electric motor to average 80.6mpg and return less than 100g/km of CO2. The sixth and seventh seats are handy but only have a limited amount of head and legroom so adults won’t be happy back there for very long – fold them down and the vast 596-litre boot will prove more useful more often.
The Toyota Prius+ is the larger brother to the well-established Prius hybrid. While it hasn’t seen the recent updates its smaller brother has, its advanced engine and motor combo still return an impressive 64mpg – although the standard CVT automatic gearbox can make quite a racket under hard acceleration. Again, the cramped sixth and seventh seats are best suited to occasional passengers and the space they leave when folded is probably more useful.
Wild card – Tesla Model X
If most of your journeys are around town, a pure-electric car such as the Tesla Model X could suit you better. Its slightly bulbous proportions hide a spacious cabin and third row seating large enough for kids or adults over short journeys. Even entry-level Teslas are enormously fast and top-spec models can take down most supercars in a drag race thanks to the instant torque from their powerful electric motors. A range of around 250 miles makes the Model X useable for most journeys.
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