If you’re after a go-anywhere vehicle that also has space for seven, you could do worse than check out one of these great 4x4s. Mixing varying degrees of off-road ability with a versatile and practical interior, these are some of the most useful vehicles on the road. We’ve picked out the 10 best seven seater 4x4s on sale.
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1. Audi Q7
The Audi Q7 is a huge, capable 4×4 that benefits from Audi’s legendary quattro four-wheel-drive system to give it lots of grip when the going gets tough. There’s also an optional adaptive air suspension setup that offers a raised ride height on uneven surfaces, but also ensures a smooth ride on normal roads. A range of powerful diesel engines also adds to its off-road prowess.
Inside, there’s a reasonable amount of room for seven people, although the rearmost row of seats is only really suitable for children. Those seats do fold flat at the press of a button and, once folded, there’s a large 770-litre boot that’s more than capable of holding a holiday’s worth of luggage for a growing family. Add in a high quality interior and advanced tech, and you have a supremely desirable, capable and luxurious 4×4.
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2. Volvo XC90
Volvo’s XC90 is one of the best seven-seat vehicles around, with all three rows offering reasonable space for average adults, while there’s also enough space for a weekly shop even with the third row in place. The touchscreen infotainment system is relatively easy to use and there’s a Scandinavian cool to the cabin that’s very desirable.
The XC90 wasn’t designed for hardcore off-roading, but it should prove more than capable in most circumstances, especially if you’re sensible with wheel and tyre choices. Air suspension is optional and offers the potential for more ground clearance and, while the diesel engine will prove most popular with buyers, there’s also a plug-in hybrid version for those who like being green when getting muddy.
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3. Kia Sorento
The Sorento is one of Kia’s most popular models and has helped the Korean manufacturer overhaul its image in recent times. Inside, you’ll find luxury touches and a good standard equipment. The third row seats aren’t quite as large as some of the cars on this list thanks to the Sorento’s slightly smaller size but are plenty for children or small adults.
All Sorentos come with Kia’s ‘Intelligent’ all-wheel-drive system and a 2.2-litre diesel engine, giving reasonable off-road abilities and low running costs, especially if you choose the manual gearbox. You’ll also benefit from Kia’s industry-leading seven-year warranty, handy if you’re intending to keep the car for a while.
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4. Land Rover Discovery Sport
The Discovery Sport is the smallest Land Rover model to offer seven seats. It does so in such an efficient way, however, that the car isn’t much longer than the average family hatchback. The third row of seats isn’t the most spacious, but there’s more than enough room for children, and you can even get USB charging points back there.
Being a Land Rover, off-road abilities come as part of the package and, although not quite as capable as some of its larger siblings, the Discovery Sport still benefits from the excellent terrain response system and is a notable improvement over its main rivals if you intend to take your 4×4 off-road regularly.
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5. Hyundai Santa Fe
Hyundai’s Santa Fe is another practical seven-seater 4×4 that belies its relatively low price with a modern interior and respectable standard equipment. The optional third row of seats is a little on the tight side for those beyond their teenage years, but the flexible seating is easy to adjust and there’s also a good sized boot if the third row of seats is folded.
The Santa Fe’s engine is shared with the Sorento’s, along with its all-wheel-drive system. The Hyundai swaps a little of the Kia’s size and practicality for a more stylish exterior, and its shorter overhangs could help off-road. While the five-year warranty is impressive compared to almost all rivals, it’s still two short of the Sorento’s.
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6. Land Rover Range Rover Sport
Few cars are as good all-rounders as the Range Rover Sport, a sizeable car that offers physics-defying performance and a luxurious cabin alongside outstanding off-road prowess. Air-suspension and the firm’s terrain response system come as standard, although you can upgrade to a fancier version should you wish to push the car to its limits off road.
The rest of the car is also very impressive, although it’s a little disappointing that the third row of seats is an expensive optional extra. Equally, their small size and limited head and legroom makes them feel like an afterthought. All this quality and skill comes at a price, though – the Range Rover Sport is one of the most expensive seven-seat 4x4s available.
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7. BMW X5
Until recently, if you wanted a BMW with seven-seats you had to choose an X5. While the 2 Series Gran Tourer might now offer seven-seats and optional four-wheel-drive, the X5 is still the only choice for those who also want to head off-road. It undoubtedly puts more focus on on-road abilities than off, but standard hill-descent control and reasonable ground clearance means it’s more than capable.
Inside you’ll find a luxurious cabin with plenty of room for five but, like some cars on this list, you’ll find that the third row seats are an optional extra. Equally, they aren’t especially spacious or comfortable, but should suffice for children or adults on short journeys.
8. Mercedes GLS
The new Mercedes GLS is essentially a heavily facelifted version of the older GL but, considering its forebear was a rugged and spacious 4×4, that’s no bad thing. Inside, there’s room for full-sized adults in each of the three rows, with a luxurious feeling throughout and Mercedes’ infotainment system as standard.
The GLS is more than five metres long and has relatively long overhangs, but comes equipped with air-suspension and a host of electronic wizardry to make sure it can handle the rough stuff. The only thing that’ll truly hold you back are the large alloy wheels and the fact this car can easily cost more than £80,000…
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9. Land Rover Discovery
The Land Rover Discovery may have been around for more than a decade in one form or another, but that hasn’t stopped it remaining one of the most practical 4x4s around. The Discovery has a heavy duty chassis offering near unmatched abilities off-road and, while it can’t compete with more modern rivals in terms of handling, it’s comfortable and stable on the road.
Inside, you’ll find an airy and spacious cabin with ample room for seven – the third row of seats can cope with adults, but occupants might find some scratchy plastics and unfinished surfaces if they look hard enough. Fuel economy will also be poorer than most rivals but, for some, the Discovery’s heritage and ability will more than make up for that.
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10. Nissan X-Trail
Nissan’s X-Trail builds on the success of the all-conquering Qashqai and adds an optional pair of seats for those who need the extra capacity. They are on the small side, but offer the perfect solution for those who don’t regularly use all seven seats but need the extra flexibility they offer. In addition, its low purchase price and running costs make it a great family 4×4.
Nissan lets you choose whether you want your X-Trail with four-wheel-drive or not but fitting it only increases the price by an additional £2,000. It’s not the most rugged of 4x4s, but Nissan has some serious off-road heritage, so it’s unlikely you’ll get stuck on a muddy sports day field.
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