Whether it’s a chunky SUV or a roomy MPV, a large seven seater must be both practical and cheap to run. To help you pick the perfect new car, we’ve drawn up a list of the 10 most frugal family-friendly models that’ll help you save money at the pumps.
Here are the 10 most efficient seven seater family cars on sale:
- Tesla Model X
- Volvo XC90
- Renault Grand Scenic
- Citroen Grand C4 Picasso
- Fiat 500L MPW
- Peugeot Partner Tepee
- BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer
- VW Touran
- Toyota Prius+
- Vauxhall Zafira Tourer
1. Tesla Model X – n/a mpg
The Tesla Model X is a high-riding electric SUV that boasts seven comfortable seats, a reassuring 300-mile range and class-leading tech. From its upwards-hinging ‘Falcon Wing’ doors to its vast portrait infotainment system and semi-autonomous Autopilot driving modes, it makes most rivals feel distinctly old fashioned. It might set you back more than £55,000 but, being electric, it could cost less than 5p per mile to run.
Read our list of the 10 best electric cars currently on sale for a selection of affordable Tesla rivals.
2. Volvo XC90 T8 – 135mpg
Pair the slick XC90’s stylish design with Volvo’s efficient T8 hybrid engine and you’ve got yourself a supremely comfortable SUV that’ll not only seat seven, but it’ll return 135mpg, too. By fitting the batteries for its hybrid system under the floor, Volvo’s made sure this frugal SUV can swallow a hugely impressive 1,951 litres of luggage with the rear two rows of seats folded.
3. Renault Grand Scenic – 81mpg
The all-new Renault Grand Scenic serves up a tempting combination of smart looks, a spacious interior, an all-important third row of seats and an incredibly frugal diesel hybrid model that’ll return 81mpg. It comes well equipped as standard – the rear seats can be dropped electrically at the press of a button – and is offered with an optional 8.7-inch portrait infotainment screen and a giant panoramic glass roof.
4. Citroen Grand C4 Picasso – 74mpg
The exceptionally practical Citroen Grand C4 Picasso boasts seating for seven, futuristic styling and a panoramic glass roof that makes it feel as airy and spacious as possible inside. It’s offered with a range of efficient petrol and diesel engines but, to eke out the most miles per gallon, the C4 Picasso’s 1.6-litre 90hp diesel is the unit to go for – it’ll return an impressive 74mpg.
5. Fiat 500L MPW – 72mpg
The Fiat 500L MPW wraps a practical seven-seater cabin in retro looks inspired by the standard 500 hatchback. Although the end result may divide opinion, few will argue with its huge variety of personalisation options, impressive 72mpg fuel economy and ability to carry 1,509 litres of luggage with the rear seats folded away. Just don’t expect tall passengers to be comfortable in the back seats – they’re really only roomy enough for kids.
6. Peugeot Partner Tepee – 69mpg
The Peugeot Partner Tepee might not be the most stylish MPV on sale – it’s actually based on a van – but it more than makes up for its rather mundane looks with seven usable seats an impressive boot. Fold the rearmost seats away and you’ll have access to a large 675-litre loadbay while headroom and legroom are excellent, too. The most efficient of its five petrol and diesel engines can return 69mpg.
7. BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer – 69mpg
The BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer adds an extra pair of seats to the standard Active Tourer, turning it into a spacious and practical seven-seater. Inside, you’ll find a well-built, stylish interior that feels a cut above many rival MPVs. Despite its large size, the 2 Series Grand Tourer is surprisingly fun to drive – thanks to its Mini Countryman-based chassis – and can return as much as 69mpg.
8. VW Touran – 69mpg
The latest VW Touran is both larger and more efficient than the old model – pick a 1.6-litre diesel with a smooth-shifting DSG automatic gearbox and it’ll return an impressive 69mpg. There’s plenty of headroom in the middle row for adults and legroom can be boosted by sliding the seats backwards. Additionally, the Touran’s interior boasts noticeably better build quality than rivals from Vauxhall and Citroen.
9. Toyota Prius+ – 69mpg
The Toyota Prius+ takes the popular five-seat Prius platform and adds a useful third row of seats. With a full complement of passengers on board, you’ll still be able to squeeze 232 litres of luggage in the back while its wide boot opening makes loading and unloading bulky items a breeze. There’s only one engine available, a 1.8-litre petrol, that works alongside an electric motor and battery pack to return an impressive 69mpg.
10. Vauxhall Zafira Tourer – 63mpg
The Vauxhall Zafira Tourer features a roomy cabin with a sliding middle row of seats – ideal if your rear-seat passengers need a little more legroom. The Zafira Tourer feels surprisingly good to drive for a large MPV and won’t cost the earth to run, either, thanks to a frugal 1.6-litre diesel engine that’ll return 63mpg. It not only looks sharper than the old model, thanks to a recent facelift, but it’s now offered with Vauxhall’s OnStar personal assistant system as standard, too.
Save money on your next car
Head over to the new car deals page to see how much you could save on your next car. If you’re not quite sure what to buy yet, check out our car chooser tool or read our list of the 10 best seven-seat cars on sale for a selection of alternatives. Once you’ve picked your ideal new car, our PCP calculator can help give you a better idea how much it could cost.