Sometimes a five-seat car just isn’t enough for some families – whether you have more than three kids, or your offspring just have a lot of friends, an extra pair of seats can really help in day-to-day driving. We’ve picked out our 10 favourite seven-seat cars
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- VW Touran
- Citroen Grand C4 Picasso
- SEAT Alhambra
- Skoda Kodiaq
- Volvo XC90
- Audi Q7
- Ford S-Max
- Land Rover Discovery Sport
- Kia Sorento
- Hyundai Santa Fe
1. VW Touran
The VW Touran is based on the popular Golf family hatchback so features the same refinement and sense of quality but wrapped in a more practical package that seats seven. The rearmost seats can fit anyone up to teenagers and small adults and, when they’re in place, you can still squeeze a few bags of shopping in, too. Fold the seats flat and there’s an impressive 743 litres – more than enough for a fortnight’s luggage.
The Touran’s middle row can be folded flat too and, when it’s up, there are three individual seats each with their own isofix mount, making fitting child seats easy. Those up front aren’t hard done by either, with a classy dashboard and plenty of gadgets. Factor in low running costs and an comfortable, relaxed driving experience and it’s not hard to see why the VW is at the top of our list.
2. Citroen Grand C4 Picasso
Citroen’s Grand C4 Picasso offers a distinctively French take on a seven seater, with futuristic styling that still looks fresh even though it’s been on sale since 2013. Those dramatic lines hide a huge interior, with lots of room in all three rows and an airy feel thanks to big windows and lots of glass.
A recent facelift means the Citroen is now available with Apple CarPlay and other kit as standard and, with lots of digital displays and few buttons, the cabin feels just as modern as the car’s exterior. Families will also appreciate the multitude of cubbies and cupholders, as well as the car’s efficient and refined engines.
3. SEAT Alhambra
If pure space is what you’re after, it’s hard to look past the SEAT Alhambra. Its boxy shape means seven adults will have no problem sitting comfortably, even on long journeys. What’s more, the sliding rear doors mean it’s really easy to get in and out or fit child seats, even in tight spaces.
The Alhambra shares most of its parts with the VW Sharan, but cheaper prices and identical running costs means we’re more inclined to recommend the SEAT unless you crave the posher badge. It may not be as stylish as some other cars on this list but, for people-carrying ability, it’s hard to argue with the Alhambra’s sheer practicality.
4. Skoda Kodiaq
The new Skoda Kodiaq looks like a car that can do it all – the chunky looks and raised driving position give it lots of appeal with buyers, but it’s the seven-seat practicality that’ll really come in useful day-to-day. Most mid-range versions and up are available with seven seats, and there’s more than enough room for kids and teenagers in the rearmost pair.
Fold them flat and you’ll have a 720-litre boot – more than you’ll find in much bigger vehicles such as the BMW X5 and Mercedes GLE. You’ll also be able to get lots of premium options like an in-car WiFi hotspot, adaptive cruise control and a wireless phone charger – all in a car costing tens of thousands of pounds less than many rivals. It won’t hit the roads until 2017, but the Skoda could be well worth the wait…
Take a look at our Skoda Kodiaq review and keep an eye out for when it goes on sale.
5. Volvo XC90
The Volvo XC90 is an SUV that combines luxury and practicality to create one of the most capable vehicles on the road. All three rows have the same comfy leather seats and will comfortably seat average-sized adults. There’s even a 451-litre boot with all seven seats in use, meaning you should be able to fit a weekend’s luggage, a couple of prams or the family pooch back there – though possibly not at the same time.
Up front, passengers benefit from a modern, minimalist Scandinavian design that features a large infotainment screen and very few buttons – it’s easy to use, but does attract fingerprints. Choose Volvo’s optional family pack and you’ll also get integrated booster seats in the middle row, meaning you won’t have to cart around bulky car seats all the time.
6. Audi Q7
Audi’s Q7 is a tech-heavy luxury SUV with a desirable badge and lots of room inside. The rear pair of seats might not be as spacious as in the XC90, but they can be folded electrically from the boot and offer isofix mounts as well. There’s still 330 litres of space with them in place, and this rises to 770 litres once they’ve been folded away.
In front, you’ll find Audi’s latest MMI infotainment system and Virtual Cockpit display, along with loads of safety kit to keep you and your occupants safe. If you’re a bit of a speed-demon, you might want to take a look at the sporty SQ7 version – its turbocharged diesel V8 can get from 0-62mph in just 4.9 seconds.
7. Ford S-Max
The Ford S-Max is an MPV that can seat seven people yet still manages to put a smile on the driver’s face. There are seven individual seats and, although the rear two are best suited to kids, they can take adults in a pinch. You can also optionally have them fold electrically if you want, just like the much pricier Audi Q7.
Both rows of seats fold flat, offering a van-like 2,020 litres of space – more than you’ll find in plenty of rivals. There’s a more premium vibe going in the Ford, especially if you go for range-topping Vignale trim, and there’s now four-wheel drive optionally available, too.
8. Land Rover Discovery Sport
The Land Rover Discovery Sport may be one of the brand’s smallest vehicles, but it’s also one of its most practical. Land Rover has managed to squeeze a pair of rear seats into the boot – space is pretty tight, but kids will love the slightly elevated stadium seating and handy USB charging points.
Elsewhere, drivers will appreciate the latest InTouch infotainment system that’s easy to use and can be combined with a cool head-up display system to give directions on the move. The Discovery Sport is also surprisingly economical for an SUV, with up to 57mpg being attainable with the latest diesel engines.
9. Kia Sorento
The Sorento is the largest vehicle Kia makes and this latest generation is a notch up in terms of space and quality. The cabin is very airy for an SUV and there’s enough room in the third row for teenagers or small adults. There might not be much space for luggage with all three rows occupied, but fold the rear pair flat and you have 660 litres to play with.
Front passengers will love the comfy seats and ample equipment levels, with a large eight-inch touchscreen to control functions. The Sorento also comes with the benefit of Kia’s excellent seven-year warranty as standard – useful if you’re intending to keep the car for a few years. Factor in an excellent 2,500kg towing limit and you have a car that has something to offer to everyone.
10. Hyundai Santa Fe
The Hyundai Santa Fe is closely related to the Kia Sorento, but swaps a little of its interior space for more sculpted styling on the outside. There’s still seven seats on offer, though, and kids will be more than happy clambering into the back if you also have extra passengers in tow. The seats will set you back an extra £1,200, but the Hyundai represents great value in the first place so you won’t feel too hard done by.
Inside, the cabin is also a bit more interesting than its Kia cousin, but there’s a few more buttons than some buyers might like thanks to all the standard equipment on offer. You also don’t get the seven-year warranty of the Sorento, but the Santa Fe’s five-year one is still more than most rivals, and its unlimited mileage limit could be handy if you do big mileages.