Seven-seat cars are useful anywhere – whether picking the kids up from school, taking the grown-ups to the pub or hauling furniture around, the extra space can always come in handy. Here’s a list of every seven seat model on sale to help you pick the right one.
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- Audi Q7
- Bentley Bentayga
- BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer
- BMW X5
- Citroen Grand C4 Picasso
- Fiat 500L MPW
- Fiat Doblo
- Ford Grand C-Max
- Ford S-Max
- Ford Galaxy
- Ford Grand Tourneo Connect
- Hyundai i800
- Hyundai Santa Fe
- Kia Sorento
- Land Rover Discovery Sport
- Land Rover Discovery
- Range Rover Sport
- Mercedes V-Class
- Mercedes GLS
- Mitsubishi Outlander
- Mitsubishi Shogun
- Nissan X-Trail
- Peugeot 5008
- Renault Grand Scenic
- SEAT Alhambra
- Skoda Kodiaq
- SsangYong Rexton
- SsangYong Turismo
- Tesla Model S
- Tesla Model X
- Toyota Land Cruiser
- Toyota Prius+
- Toyota Proace Verso
- Toyota Verso
- Vauxhall Zafira Tourer
- VW Touran
- VW Sharan
- Volvo XC90
The Audi Q7 features the crisp, sharp lines that define the Audi range applied to a full-size SUV. A gorgeous and spacious interior, complete with six Isofix points, makes this safe, comfy cruiser a great family car choice.
The Bentley Bentayga is available with third-row seating as an optional extra. When equipped with the 6.0-litre W12 engine, it’s not just the most expensive seven-seater money can buy, but the fastest, too. Few owners will hit its 187mph top speed, but it’s a great bragging right at the country club.
BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer
The BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer marks BMW’s first attempt at a seven-seat MPV. True to the rest of the BMW range, it’s more fun to drive than almost all the closest competition and has just enough space to seat seven in relative comfort.
Head over to our BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer review for more info.
The BMW X5 proves big 4x4s needn’t feel stodgy to drive on the road with stable handling, a smooth ride and a great range of powerful engines. It seats five in comfort or seven at a pinch – rearmost passengers will be hoping their journey will be short.
Head over to our BMW X5 review for more info.
Citroen Grand C4 Picasso
The Citroen Grand C4 Picasso’s futuristic design proves people carriers can be practical and eye catching. It has substance to back up the style, too – the cabin is spacious with three individual seats on the middle row and plenty of cubby holes.
Fiat 500L MPW
The Fiat 500L MPW takes the cute retro style of the iconic 500 city car and applies it to a more substantial seven seater. Being based on a compact platform, interior space isn’t as vast as some other on this list, but its small external size makes it comparatively easy to manoeuvre.
The van-based origins of the Fiat Doblo mean it’s not just one of the most spacious seven seaters on the market, but one of the cheapest, too. There’s loads of headroom in all three rows of seats, and access to the back is easy thanks to a pair of sliding rear doors.
Ford Grand C-Max
The Ford Grand C-Max is for the parent who still follows the racing line on the morning school run. Backing up its fun handling is its spacious cabin that’ll easily accomodate five or seven on shorter journeys.
The Ford S-Max offers the practicality of a full-size seven-seat MPV but, thanks to a curved roofline, it looks more sporty than most rivals. It’s more commodious than the Grand C-Max so the rearmost passengers will last longer before complaining about the limited legroom.
The Ford Galaxy is almost identical to the S-Max but the straighter, taller roofline means there’s a little more space for those in the third row. As a result, seven adults can travel inside in genuine comfort, even on long trips.
Ford Grand Tourneo Connect
If you just need sheer carrying capacity, the Ford Grand Tourneo Connect might be cavernous enough. With a chassis from Ford’s commercial fleet, the addition of windows and seats has transformed it into one of the roomiest and cheapest seven seaters on the market.
Thanks to its commercial underpinnings, the Hyundai i800 offers bus-like levels of cabin and boot space. This eight seater not only offers plenty of passenger space in all three rows but, even with every seat in place, there’s an 850-litre boot – more than double that of most family hatchbacks.
Hyundai Santa Fe
The striking Hyundai Santa Fe covers most family car bases – it’s comfy, safe and spacious inside, while striking styling means it’ll look suitably smart parked outside the school gates. It’s better suited to five-seat roles but the third row is handy for occasional taxi duties.
The Kia Sorento shares a platform with the Hyundai Santa Fe, but gets its own unique look inside and out. Entry-level models are cheaper to buy than the Hyundai, and the cabin is equally commodious. It also benefits from Kia’s industry-leading seven-year warranty.
Land Rover Discovery Sport
The Land Rover Discovery Sport boasts all the necessary family car qualities – it’s safe, comfortable, and spacious. The third row of seats is only really suitable for kids but, with them folded, there’s a vast boot and more legroom in the sliding second row of seats.
Land Rover Discovery
The Land Rover Discovery is larger than its Discovery Sport sibling, with more space inside, more powerful engines and even more standard kit. In addition to the vast interior with enough room for seven adults, the Discovery’s off-road prowess means it’s almost unstoppable in the rough stuff.
Range Rover Sport
The Range Rover Sport is a seven-seater for those who want immense practicality without compromising on style. As easy on the eye outside as it is roomy inside, there are few better ways to move up to seven people in absolute luxury.
Luxury MPVs are a rare thing. In fact, the Mercedes V-Class has almost no direct rivals. It’s able to seat seven with ease – or eight as an optional extra – and the cabin feels as luxuriously trimmed as some of Mercedes’ plushest executive cars.
Very little on the road offers the same presence as the Mercedes GLS – mainly because it’s so immense, you’d expect it to have its own gravitational pull. That bulk translates into loads of room inside and all passengers are treated to excellent levels of perceived quality.
As one of the cheapest seven-seat SUVs on the market, the Mitsubishi Outlander offers plenty of car for the money. The 2.0-litre diesel engine offers enough grunt to carry you and six passengers while claiming 52.3mpg. Like some rivals here, the rearmost seats are only really suitable for short journeys.
Thanks to the brand’s reputation for rugged dependability, the Mitsubishi Shogun offers peace of mind few other seven seaters can match. The burly styling offers plenty of space and lots of appeal for off-road fans although the on-road handling leaves a little to be desired.
The Nissan X-Trail takes most of the plus point of the smaller Qashqai – smart styling, a smooth ride and a well-built cabin – and adds an extra pair of occasional seats for a little extra practicality. Four-wheel drive is an option, but the front-wheel drive models will be more than adequate for most buyers.
The Peugeot 5008 is a traditional MPV that offers strong value for money and low running costs. The 1.6-litre diesel engine helps the 5008 return a claimed 65.7mpg and has enough torque to shift the whole family around without much complaint.
Renault Grand Scenic
Very few MPVs can claim to catch the eye quite like the Renault Grand Scenic – a swoopy window line and a huge set of standard 20-inch alloy wheels give it real head-turning presence. The cabin is spacious, even with seven on board, and the seats can all be folded remotely from the Scenic’s iPad-style infotainment screen.
The spacious SEAT Alhambra is a sensible, practical choice in the seven-seat market. The interior feels robust and is well-stocked with standard kit – SE models offer 17-inch alloys roof rails, half-leather seats and climate control are all standard. The huge body means each of the seven seats is large enough for adults.
For most buyers, the Skoda Kodiaq SUV might just be all the seven seater they’ll ever need. There’s enough room for seven, the cabin feels suitably sturdy and there’s a generous choice of petrol and diesel engines to choose from. Understated yet handsome styling singles out the big Skoda from slightly more chintzy alternatives.
The SsangYong Rexton is a seven-seater that offers its driver some genuine off-road ability. A permanent four-wheel-drive system ensures there’s decent traction in all conditions. Like rivals, the rearmost seats are best suited to children.
There are very few cars that offer as much space for the money as the SsangYong Turismo. Even when carrying seven people, there’s a staggering 875-litre boot – impressive for a car priced from less than £20,000.
Tesla Model S
From the outside, the all-electric Tesla Model S might look like a traditional five-seat executive car. However, thanks to the electric motor layout, there’s just enough space in the boot for a pair of rear-facing seats – although they really will only fit very small children. With top-spec P100D models accelerating faster than almost any supercar you care to mention, there’s no faster way to move seven people.
Learn more at the Tesla Model S review.
Tesla Model X
The Tesla Model X is an SUV with true supercar-baiting speed. The staggering performance figures are even more incredible considering the Model X can seat seven – again with the rearmost seats being best suited to children and small adults.
Take a look at the Tesla Model X review for more info.
Toyota Land Cruiser
The Toyota Land Cruiser is a 4×4 that loves to gets its tyres dirty. Its vast size means there’s enough space inside for seven and, in five-seat mode, it offers a gigantic loading area, too.
The Toyota Prius+ petrol/electric setup helps it return as much as 68.9mpg – impressive considering its respectable carrying capacity. The cabin has a theatre-style stepped-seating layout providing decent room even from the third row.
Toyota Proace Verso
If even seven seats are inadequate, try the Toyota Proace Verso. This van-based MPV can seat up to nine people or, if seven is all you’ll need, offers acres of boot space at the same time. Remove the passenger seats entirely and the carrying capacity grows to 4,900 litres – the same as 10 Mercedes C-Class Estates.
The Toyota Verso offers seven seats at a competitive price which, combined with strong reliability scores. makes it a reassuring family car choice. All but the entry-level model offer seven seats, while space is plentiful thanks to a flat floor in the cabin and a tall, wide body shape.
Vauxhall Zafira Tourer
A clever seating arrangement means that the Vauxhall Zafira Tourer is one of the most versatile vehicles in the class. Each of the six passenger seats can be folded, reclined or slid into all manner of positions to help maximise the space inside.
It’s important that a seven-seater family car gets all the sensible stuff right, and few do it better than the VW Touran. Each of the front five seats offers great room for adults, and access to the – slightly smaller – rear seats is easy. With an impressive 47 cubbies dotted about the place, finding lost toys might take some time…
The VW Sharan was co-developed with the SEAT Alhambra, which means many of the same strong points remain. The VW offers a similarly massive cabin with room for seven full-sized adults and a marginally more desirable badge.
The Volvo XC90 is as practical as it is desirable. Handsome on the outside, stunning on the inside, the big Swede offers a mix of style and practicality few can compete with. Its seven seats will just about fit adults while the hybrid version is capable of a penny-pinching 134.5mpg.
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