Seven-seater SUVs prove big families can enjoy safety, practicality and style, too. If you’re in the market for a seven-seat SUV, look no further – here’s our list of every one on sale today.
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- Audi Q7
- Bentley Bentayga
- BMW X5
- Hyundai Santa Fe
- Kia Sorento
- Land Rover Discovery
- Land Rover Discovery Sport
- Mercedes GLS
- Mitsubishi Outlander
- Mitsubishi Shogun
- Nissan X-Trail
- Range Rover Sport
- Skoda Kodiaq
- SsangYong Rexton
- Tesla Model X
- Toyota Land Cruiser
- Volvo XC90
The huge Audi Q7 should be able to shrug off the worst a demanding family can throw at it. Inside, it’s one of the most beautifully appointed cars on the market. There’s loads of space in its stylish cabin, a huge boot and Isofix mounting points on all six passenger seats. Audi’s Virtual Cockpit system – a customisable instrument panel that replaces old-fashioned analogue dials – is also fitted as standard.
The diesel-only lineup includes 3.0-litre models, a sporty SQ7 with a thumping 435hp 4.0-litre V8 and an ultra-frugal Q7 e-tron hybrid. The latter can cover 35 miles on electric power alone and return as much as 156.9mpg.
The Bentley Bentayga represents the ultimate posh people mover for the well-heeled motorist. Its cabin – complete with swathes of leather and lashings of beautiful wood veneer – is available in both five and seven-seat configurations.
It’s not only one of the most luxurious SUV on sale today, it’s one of the fastest, too. A thundering 6.0-litre W12 petrol engine fires the big Brit from 0-62mph in just 4.2 seconds and it refuses to run out of steam until 187mph. There’s also a diesel option available – it has loads of torque and offers a greatly improved range – perfect for cross-continental cruising.
Head over to the Bentley Bentayga review for more information.
The BMW X5 offers just the five seats as standard but a third row is available as an optional extra. The cabin is a relaxing place to be and boasts BMW’s iDrive – one of the best infotainment systems in the business.
There’s a choice of both petrol and diesel engines in the X5 range although only conventional models – not the hybrid or X5M – have seven seats as an option. Those seats, when fitted, are only really suitable for children.
Read our BMW X5 review for more details on this stately German SUV.
Hyundai Santa Fe
There’s plenty of reasons to consider the Hyundai Santa Fe in the seven-seat SUV class. Its bold styling gives it distinctive road presence and its interior feels sturdy enough to cope with a lifetime of hyperactive children. Don’t need to carry seven? With the back seats folded away it offers up an impressive 516 litres of boot space.
There are only two trim levels to choose from and there isn’t much reason to stretch beyond the entry-level Premium model. With 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, leather seats, Bluetooth connectivity and a reversing camera, it has all the kit you’ll ever really need.
The Kia Sorento deserves a place on any SUV shortlist. Its sharp styling and strong equipment levels making it a tempting seven-seat option. It shares a significant number of mechanical components with the Hyundai Santa Fe including a 2.2-litre diesel engine that pulls strongly and returns 46.3mpg.
On the road, the Sorento feels slightly sharper through the corners than the Santa Fe, but it’s still refined and comfortable with more than enough room inside for six passengers to sit in relative comfort. Fold the rear seats down and you’ll be treated to a 660-litre boot capacity, too.
Land Rover Discovery
The Land Rover Discovery is a full-size SUV that covers almost all the family car bases. This latest model offers more than enough room inside for seven while the high seating position means it’s easy to fit child seats. Buyers can choose between low running costs and strong towing capability with a wide range of petrol and diesel engines. A maximum towing weight of 3.5 tonnes means there’ll be few trailers it won’t be happy to hitch up with.
The Discovery is better prepared than almost any other car on the market to head off road, too. Thanks to a huge array of specialist rough terrain tech, it’s able to wade through as much as 900mm of water and tackle steep, slippery inclines with ease.
Land Rover Discovery Sport
The Land Rover Discovery Sport is an excellent all-rounder. There are few cars on sale that can blend practicality, comfort and safety with a genuine ability to venture off road. The cabin offers room for five adults and, by sliding the middle bench slightly forward, it’s possible to squeeze a couple of kids into the back row.
Running costs are kept fairly low thanks to a frugal 2.0-litre diesel engine. Available in two power outputs, it’s at its best when paired with the smooth-shifting nine-speed automatic gearbox.
There’s little else on the road that takes up more space than a Mercedes GLS. At more than 5.1 metres long and almost two metres wide, this is certainly no city slicker. Nevertheless, it’s not hard to navigate thanks to standard parking cameras.
Inside, the benefits of those vast dimensions become clear. Each of the three rows of seats gets loads of head and legroom while acres of leather and wood adorn the dashboard and door trims. With all seven seats in place, the GLS offers a similar amount of boot space to a typical supermini. With all but the front seats folded away, it can swallow a colossal 2,300 litres of luggage.
Loaded with equipment and priced competitively, the Mitsubishi Outlander offers great value for money in the family SUV class. You’ll need to upgrade to the ‘3’ trim level to get seven seats – entry-level models only come with five seats – but you’ll also receive 18-inch alloy wheels, leather seats, keyless entry and rear parking sensors as standard.
The seven-seat Outlander is diesel only – sadly the petrol/electric PHEV hybrid can’t be paired with a seven-seat layout – but it’s still capable of returning 52.3mpg.
The Mitsubishi Shogun is the second of a pair of seven-seat SUVs from Mitsubishi. It’s more burly than the smaller Outlander and its more substantial 3.2-litre diesel engine means that it’s a better choice for towing and off-road excursions. It’s pretty agricultural on the road as a result of its off-road prowess.
All seven-seat Shoguns are well-catered for in terms of equipment. Standard kit includes 18-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, LED daytime running lights and keyless entry. Top spec SG5 versions offer 20-inch alloys, a leather interior and a reversing camera, too.
With entry-level models costing just more than £22,000, the Nissan X-Trail is among the cheapest way into seven-seat SUV ownership in the UK. There’s plenty to like, too – it shares some components with the smaller Qashqai so it feels similarly comfortable and relaxing to drive.
Running costs are kept down by a 1.6-litre diesel engine that achieves a claimed 57.6mpg. If you need a little more power, there’s a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol that’s actually slightly cheaper to buy or a more expensive 2.0-litre diesel.
Range Rover Sport
The Range Rover Sport is an SUV for those who don’t want to sacrifice all semblance of driving fun just because they need to carry seven people. Surprisingly, for a car of this size, it handles as sharply as some more compact executive saloons yet will cruise comfortably at motorway speeds.
The six and eight-cylinder diesel engines are strong and smooth. They’re not as wallet-bruising as you might think – V6 models can return as much as 44mpg. If you’re really in a hurry, the supercharged V8 fitted to SVR models boasts a tempting 550hp and offers true sports car performance.
The Skoda Kodiaq is the brand’s first seven seater. There’s loads of room inside, and – if you don’t need the rearmost seats – a massive 720-litre boot. Fold all but the front seats down and you’ll open up a massive 2,065-litre load bay.
The cabin is screwed together as nicely as the rest of the current Skoda range and it boasts a huge number of useful cubbies. A wireless charging point is available for mobile devices and automatic emergency braking to helps to prevent collisions at low speeds, too.
The SsangYong Rexton is more off-road focussed than many rivals. Every version of the South Korean brand’s largest SUV is equipped with permanent four-wheel drive so it’ll do a decent job of traipsing through the rough stuff.
Thanks to its tall body, the Rexton offers a great view of the road ahead while all three rows of seats boast decent head and legroom. A strong diesel engine and a three-tonne towing capacity mean it’s able to lug around caravans or trailers without much trouble, too.
Tesla Model X
Not only is the all-electric Tesla Model X the least polluting car on our list but it’s the fastest, too. The most powerful P100D model – complete with the fantastically named ‘ludicrous mode’ – can cover the 0-62mph sprint in 2.9 seconds. To put that into perspective, it’s faster than a Lamborghini Huracan…
The upwards-hinged ‘Falcon wing’ rear doors don’t just look cool, they allow easy access to the back seats in even the tightest of parking spaces. Its giant infotainment screen in the dash is one of the slickest and easiest to use on the market, too.
Read our Tesla Model X review for more information.
Toyota Land Cruiser
There are few cars on sale as tough as the Toyota Land Cruiser. Its reputation for bulletproof reliability is well deserved – service it regularly and it should give you many years of reliable motoring.
This huge SUV boasts enough room for seven inside. You can even slide the middle row forwards to offer rear seat passengers a little more legroom. The boot space is limited to 150-litres with seven seats in place but top-spec models come with a function to fold the rear row down, opening up a 621-litre load bay.
There are few cars that can match the Volvo XC90 as an all-round seven-seat family car. Stylish, practical and incredibly safe, it manages to not only nail the sensible stuff, but look hugely desirable, too.
Slip into any of the seven seats in its gorgeous cabin and you’ll find they’re comfortable and supportive with loads of leg and headroom. Once fully loaded with people, there’s still room for a 451-litre boot – more than the typical family hatchback.
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