p>Fuel efficiency, safety and practicality are key considerations for many new car buyers, especially in the family car market. We’ve rounded up a list of the 10 most efficient seven-seaters, from SUVs to MPVs, to help you can pick the one that’s best for you.
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1. Tesla Model X – n/a mpg
The Tesla Model X is a large premium SUV that’s capable of both silent city cruising and blistering acceleration thanks to its powerful electric motors. Many drivers still harbour reservations about the everyday usability of fully electric vehicles, but the Model X is capable of a respectable 300-mile range – more than enough for the average daily commute.
Jump inside – through the eye catching falcon-wing doors if sat in the back – and you’ll be treated to the same giant tablet-like infotainment screen as the Model X’s saloon sibling, the Model S. Seven comfortable seats means there’s room for the whole family, and an impressive panoramic roof and colossal windscreen ensure the interior feels as airy as it is spacious. It’s very expensive and isn’t as proven as some rivals but, for large families looking to get about without harming the environment, there are few better options.
2. Volvo XC90 T8 – 135mpg
The new Volvo XC90 combines minimalist Swedish styling with an interior that rivals the Range Rover for sheer luxury. Most engines offered are both powerful and refined, but the most efficient is the T8. This plug-in hybrid model should be capable of returning fuel economy of 134.5mpg and emitting just 49g/km of CO2.
The interior can comfortably accommodate seven adults, thanks to its impressive head and legroom, while the boot can swallow 1,951 litres of luggage should you fold the rear two rows flat. Unlike some rivals, the hybrid model’s batteries don’t encroach into the boot space – its practical load bay is identical to standard petrol or diesel models.
3. Citroen Grand C4 Picasso – 74mpg
The Citroen Grand C4 Picasso boasts not only a practical seven-seat cabin, but spaceship-like styling, too. It’s offered with a range of petrol and diesel engines, the most efficient being a 1.6-litre, 90hp diesel. This unit is capable of returning an impressive 74.3mpg, yet emits just 98g/km of CO2.
The two rearmost seats might not be suitable for adults on longer journeys, but the cabin is spacious and well organised. The dual dashboard mounted displays might take some getting used too, but the panoramic glass roof ensures the interior is bright and pleasant. If carrying capacity is a concern, the Grand C4 Picasso can comfortably hold 1,851 litres of luggage if you fold the rear two seat rows down.
4. Fiat 500L MPW – 72mpg
The Fiat 500L MPW takes the 500 supermini’s cute retro looks and applies them to a spacious and practical seven-seater MPV. The dashboard is almost identical to the 500L and comes with the same selection of varied personalisation options. The third row of seats isn’t really large enough for tall adults, however, but children should find it suitably spacious.
The 500L MPW is offered with a range of petrol and diesel engines – the most efficient unit on offer is a 85hp 1.3-litre diesel. This engine can return a fuel economy figure of 70.6mpg and, as a result, claims third place on our list.
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5. Renault Grand Scenic – 69mpg
Although the Renault Scenic is due to be replaced by an all-new model, the current seven-seater Grand Scenic still represents a good choice for the cost-conscious family looking to save money at the pumps. Its 1.5-litre diesel engine is capable of returning 68.9mpg thanks, in part, to stop/start technology.
The Grand Scenic’s interior has been well thought out with a number of useful cubby holes and practical seating options – the third row of seats is just about large enough for full-size adults. With all three rows of seats in place, the Grand Scenic can still muster reasonable 208-litre load bay.
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6. Vauxhall Zafira Tourer – 69mpg
The Vauxhall Zafira Tourer has become a popular choice among families looking for a blend of decent practicality, good fuel economy and, crucially, seven usable seats. Seats in the middle row can even be moved independently allowing you to strike the perfect balance between legroom and boot space.
The most efficient version is capable of 69mpg thanks to its efficient 1.6-litre diesel engine. Don’t expect this model to be particularly quick but, thanks to CO2 emissions of just 109g/km, it’ll cost you just £20 per year to tax.
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7. Peugeot Partner Tepee – 69mpg
The Peugeot Partner Tepee combines van-like practicality with enough space for seven people to travel in relative comfort. Reviewers have praised the decent legroom, excellent headroom and the practical boot that offers a useful 675 litres of space with the rearmost seats folded.
The Partner Tepee is available with a selection of five petrol and diesel engine options, the most efficient of which can return an impressive 69mpg – enough to take the seventh spot on our list.
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8. BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer – 68mpg
The BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer takes the standard Active Tourer platform and adds two extra seats to make it a practical and spacious seven-seater. Not only is the interior exceptionally well-built, but there’s just enough space for adults to squeeze into the rearmost seats.
Not only can the 2 Series Gran Tourer return an impressive 68mpg, but it’s good fun to drive – thanks in part to its Mini-based chassis. It’s a little more relaxed than the Mini on which it’s based, however, so is more comfortable over bumps in the road making it easier to tackle long journeys with.
9. VW Touran – 66mpg
The new Volkswagen Touran is not only larger and more efficient than the old model, but it looks sharper and more modern, too. Its 1.6-litre turbocharged diesel engine can return 66mpg making it easy on the monthly finances. The six-speed manual model manages 61mpg but you’ll need to spec the excellent DSG automatic gearbox to hit the full 66mpg figure.
Although there’s room in the back seats for three adults, the Touran’s relatively narrow body means shoulder room could prove tighter than some rivals. All seats can slide forward and backward independently, however, and the cabin build quality is noticeably better than either the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso or Vauxhall Zafira Tourer.
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10. Toyota Prius+ – 64mpg
The Toyota Prius+ is based on the popular five-seat Prius hybrid but comes with the useful addition of a third row of seats. It also boasts a large 505-litre boot – 1,750-once you’ve folded the rearmost seats flat – and a wider boot opening to make loading and unloading bulky items easier.
The 1.8-litre petrol engine works alongside an electric motor and battery pack to return 64mpg. It certainly won’t set the world alight in terms of performance, but it’ll cost you as little as £20 per year to tax. The Prius+’s non-plug-in hybrid setup means its average economy only just makes this list but this doesn’t reflect the extra work the hybrid system does in town where it comes into its own.
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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.