Think of a seven-seater car, and you’ll probably expect it to be slow, cumbersome and tedious to drive. For the enthusiasts among you with big families to haul, these speedy seven-seaters might be the ideal choice.
Here are the top 10 fastest seven-seater vehicles ranked by acceleration time. Don’t forget, you can put any of these motors in our car configurator to see how much carwow could help you save. Want to save fuel instead of acceleration time? Check out our list of the most economical seven-seaters.
10 – Ford S-Max
The Ford S-Max can carry seven people in comfort, is reasonably priced but, despite this, is thoroughly entertaining to drive. The new model is based on the latest Mondeo meaning the new S-Max is more comfortable than before. Its taller body means handling might be blunted a little but, for an MPV, it’s still one of the best to drive.
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9 – Volvo XC90 T6
Volvo’s new XC90 is built to rival the likes of the BMW X5, Audi Q7 and the Range Rover. Like the previous XC90, the new model is a stylish yet minimalist alternative to the rest of the field that’s also one of the safest cars in the world. It’s extremely comfortable and luxurious enough to match its German rivals.
The T6 model is powered by a 316hp 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol – enough for a 143mph top speed and acceleration from rest to 62mph in 6.5 seconds.
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8 – Audi Q7
The new Audi Q7 is shorter and narrower than its vast predecessor so sheds a whopping 325kg from its weight. Like its predecessor, it comes with a luxurious interior and gets enough technology to keep passengers occupied even on the longest journeys.
The most powerful engine currently available is the 268hp 3.0-litre V6 diesel which helps the car sprint from zero to 62mph in 6.3 seconds yet returns 47.9mpg on average and emits just 153g/km of CO2.
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7 – Volvo XC90 T8
The Volvo XC90 T8 has exactly the same equipment as the T6 above, with the same stylish interior and contemporary looks, and even the same 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine. This time, however, it’s mated to a rear axle-mounted electric motor causing power to jump from 316 to 407hp. Overall torque also increases to 472lb ft.
This means the XC90 T8 can sprint from 0-62mph in just 5.6 seconds. Despite its impressive speed, it can theoretically achieve 134.5mpg on average while emitting just 49g/km of CO2.
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6 – BMW X5 M50d
The M50d is a very special model in the BMW X5 line-up. It comes with all the usual BMW technology and comfort features, yet gets a very potent engine. It’s a 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel with an unusual triple-turbo setup to deliver huge power and torque.
This extraordinary engine produces 375hp and 546lb ft of torque – enough for a 155mph top speed and a 0-62mph time of 5.3 seconds. That it can also manage 42.2mpg on average is simply icing on the cake.
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5 – Mercedes GL63 AMG 4MATIC
The Mercedes GL’s appeal has always been about the amount of space it provides coupled with the prestigious badge and luxurious interior. It has so much room, even fully-grown adults won’t resent being relegated to the third row.
The fastest version – the GL63 AMG – comes with a ridiculous 5.4-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol developing 549hp. This catapults the massive GL63 to 62mph from rest in 4.9 seconds and onto a top speed of 155mph.
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4 – Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT-8
The Jeep Grand Cherokee is a left-field alternative to usual German premium SUVs. The interior quality can’t quite match its German rivals, nor the efficiency of its engines or the sharpness of its driving dynamics. What makes the Jeep stand out are its off-road abilities, extremely generous standard equipment and prices that undercut its main rivals.
If you want the fastest version, there’s a fire-breathing SRT-8 model powered by a 470hp 6.4-litre V8 petrol which completes the 0-62mph sprint in 4.8 seconds and goes on to a top speed of 158mph.
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3 – Range Rover Sport SVR
Powered by a 542hp 5.0-litre supercharged V8, the SVR is the fastest Range Rover Sport money can buy. It’s not cheap – costing £93,450 – but with an extremely luxurious interior and sporty styling inside and out, it almost justifies the massive price.
With 502lb ft of torque and four-wheel drive, the Range Rover Sport SVR can hit 62mph from rest in just 4.7 seconds and, if that doesn’t make you wince, then a Nurburgring lap-time of only 8min 14sec should do the trick.
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2 – BMW X5M
The BMW X5M’s 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 motor develops 567hp and 553lb ft of torque – enough to propel the 2.3 tonne beast to 62mph from rest in just 4.2 seconds and on to a top speed limited to 155mph. The chassis is a masterpiece, too, helping the X5M get round corners as flat and as stable as many sports cars.
It comes with all the usual BMW features including a wonderfully built and styled interior and easy-to-use technology. It can even achieve 25.4mpg on the combined cycle too if you’re really, really careful.
1 – Tesla Model S P100D
You might be surprised to find the eco-friendly, electric Tesla Model S is actually a seven seater. The extra pair of seats pop up from the boot floor and face rearwards. They’re not exactly suitable for adults but, for small children, they’re perfectly usable. Even with the rear seats in place, it’s still practical thanks to a second boot under the bonnet.
The top-spec P85D has two whopping great electric motors and boasts 760hp and immense torque, helping it accelerate from rest to 62mph in a terrifying 2.4 seconds. That’s quicker than the insane million-pound Pagani Huayra hypercar, yet the Tesla can cover 300 miles on a single charge.
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