For some family car buyers, boxy MPVs just don’t do it. Thankfully, if you want seven seats, there are other options among the fiercely fought SUV class. Here are the 10 best seven-seater SUVs on the market.
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1. Volvo XC90
There are few SUVs out there that tick all the boxes on the family car checklist, but the Volvo XC90 is arguably one of them. It’s one of the best all-rounder out there, with a stylish exterior, high quality interior and plenty of room for seven people. Even full-grown adults will feel comfortable in all three rows.
The roomy interior even includes a generous 451-litre boot, even with all the seats in use. There’s a range of powerful but suitably efficiency diesel and petrol engines, as well as a plug-in hybrid version for those who want a SUV with a greener footprint.
2. Audi Q7
The Audi Q7 offers a great mix of style and substance, with its huge dimensions meaning there’s plenty of space for seven people inside and room to spare for the weekly shop or a set of muddy boots. It’s one of the most practical options on this list, while all six passenger seats also feature isofix mounting points.
Inside, the design and material quality is top notch, with luxurious materials and plastics used throughout. There’s a whole host of equipment as standard including Audi’s brilliant Virtual Cockpit digital dials. It’s a comfortable and plush place to be, helped by excellent refinement and ride quality.
3. Skoda Kodiaq
The new Skoda Kodiaq SUV can’t quite match some of the more expensive options on this list for luxury but it does so much well, it represents amazing value for money. It’s a smart, chunky looking car with a huge interior that seats seven – a first for Skoda – and still has lots of room for luggage.
The interior is made of good quality materials and comes with all the standard or optional equipment you could need. Some elements have been borrowed from the current Superb, which is no bad thing, and the flexible seating gives the Kodiaq a generous boot.
4. Land Rover Discovery Sport
The Land Rover Discover Sport is the smallest car from the firm’s range to offer seven seats and, while the third row is best suited to small children, it’s still a very practical and versatile option.
A sliding centre row helps boost legroom in the back and also increases boot space – up to 981 litres with five seats in place. The cabin is a pleasant place to be if only marginally less upmarket than its German rivals. Ride quality is good and the handling is better when compared to some other vehicles on this list.
5. Kia Sorento
The Kia Sorento features a well-built, well-equipped cabin, plenty of room for seven people and a vast boot. Its 2.2-litre diesel has more than enough power to make it relaxing to drive or handle towing duties if needed. All that while costing less than £29,000 makes it great value for money.
The soft touch plastics, simple but effective dashboard design and plentiful space make it one of the most practical options in the SUV market. Plus, unlike some of its rivals, the third row of seats is just about suitable for adults. Arguably the Sorento’s greatest feature, however, is its industry-leading seven-year warranty.
6. Range Rover Sport
The Range Rover Sport blends a host of features – good performance, a luxurious cabin, plenty of interior space and the exterior style you’d expect from a Range Rover. The soft plastics and extensive leather make the interior a lavish place to be, while the raised centre console and sporty seats mean it doesn’t feel particularly SUV-like.
The Range Rover Sport has strong performance, while still seating seven people – but expect some grumbling from the rearmost row. There’s a good-sized boot for hiking gear, furniture or buggies but it comes at a price, costing just less than £60,000.
7. Hyundai Santa Fe
The Hyundai Santa Fe is closely related to the Kia Sorento, offering similar levels of practicality, space and equipment. It’s a comfortable family car with a soft ride, relaxed diesel engine and plenty of space for seven people and their clutter.
Adding a third row of seats adds £1,200 to the cost because they’re optional unlike the Sorento. It also can’t quite match Kia’s warranty but the Hyundai’s five-year one is still very impressive.
8. Land Rover Discovery
The Land Rover Discovery might be one of the oldest cars on this list – and a new Discovery’s just been announced – but this outgoing version is still a very accomplished car. Thanks to its old-fashioned 4×4 design, it’s very rugged when going off-road and its sheer weight makes it a great tow car.
The Discovery is also a hugely practical and spacious option that rivals even the best MPVs. The cabin is well-built save for a few cheaper plastics, the ride is comfy and there’s plenty of room for seven, plus a decent sized 280-litre boot even with all seven seats up.
9. BMW X5
The BMW X5 continues to go from strength to strength with each new generation. The current model remains a strong option for those wanting style, space and off-road capabilities. It’s a refined, luxurious and well-built car with a strong engine lineup and plenty of equipment as standard.
The third row of seats is a pricey optional extra but is worth it for the extra capability it brings. They’re best suited to small children but make it that much more useful when coming back from the school play or the pub.
10. Mercedes GLS
The Mercedes GLS’s interior is, quite simply, vast. It has an impressive boot even with seven people in the car, plus, the seven seats can all fit adults comfortably and the strong refinement and ride quality mean everyone should be pretty happy on long journeys.
Its large dimensions mean it’s a very practical option and the cabin is as plush as you’d hope for a Mercedes. Its sheer size and luxury do mean it isn’t the nicest car to drive and has a steep entry-level price of £69,000.
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