Most 4x4s spend the majority of their time on-road. Indeed, many are designed to be driven nowhere else. There are some, however, that are deft at scrambling over boulders and fording shallow streams. You might never push them this hard, but it’s nice to know you won’t get stuck when winter comes.
Adding seven seats turns an already practical car into all the vehicle you could ever need. We’ve picked 10 of the best seven-seat 4x4s you can buy. Put any of these cars in our car configurator to see how much carwow could help you save.
1. Kia Sorento
Topping our list is the handsome Kia Sorento. Thanks to a comfortable and refined driving experience, a smooth 2.2-litre diesel engine that claims 49.6mpg on average and competitive pricing, the Sorento does everything you could ask of a full-size SUV. There’s genuine space for seven inside – even adults willing to breathe in a little can fit in the rearmost seats – while the cabin is attractive and well screwed together.
The range is simple to figure out – that diesel unit is the only engine offered (equipped with either a manual or automatic gearbox), and a choice of four different trim levels allow for some variety. Every model in the range features alloy wheels, privacy glass, air conditioning and rear parking sensors as standard, and a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating puts it among the best in class.
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2. Land Rover Discovery Sport
Land Rover has long claimed a spot towards the top of any 4×4 league table, and the Discovery Sport is one of the best all-rounders the firm has produced. From behind the wheel, you’d be hard pushed to tell you were driving anything other than a regular estate car – aside from the raised driving position that offers great visibility. It corners flatly and with a sense of control and agility that’s rare among tall SUVs.
Refinement is among the best at its price point, making the Discovery Sport a capable companion on a long journey. The smart, well-built interior helps here too, managing to look rugged yet feel luxurious.
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3. Nissan X-Trail
Those who need seven seats but have a more modest budget to spare will be very well served by the Nissan X-Trail. Sharing much under the skin with our 2015 Car of the Year – the Qashqai – the X-Trail is a refined, comfortable car to drive and is powered by a range of frugal petrol and diesel engines.
Unlike the Qashqai, however, the X-Trail offers space for seven people (or a 550 litre boot when only five seats are needed), and has a chunkier, more SUV inspired look. If four-wheel drive is necessary, then 1.6-litre diesel models can be equipped with the system for an additional £1,700.
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4. Volvo XC90
The Volvo XC90 is one of the safest, most practical, comfortable, and classy vehicles on this list. All models benefit from Volvo’s large touchscreen infotainment system to control most of the car’s functions and, even with all three seat rows in use, it offers a boot larger than an Audi A3.
Buyers are offered a choice of four-cylinder engines – most buyers will opt for the 2.0-litre turbodiesel that returns nearly 50mpg but there’s also a 2.0-litre turbo-and-supercharged petrol and a plug-in hybrid. The latter combines a claimed fuel economy of 135mpg with acceleration figures that put many hot hatches to shame.
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5. Audi Q7
There are few cars on the road that command more presence than an Audi SUV, and the Q7 is the largest the firm produces. Compared to its predecessor, though, it’s gone on a substantial diet – Audi’s engineers have trimmed 240kg from the total weight, so you’ll see a marked improvement in both performance and fuel efficiency. Out on the road, the Q7 is as comfortable and refined as you could ever hope for a car like this.
The interior design is as attractive as we’ve come to expect from Audi, the highlight of which is the stunning Virtual Cockpit display – a 12.3-inch TFT screen that replaces the traditional dials. Practicality is boosted courtesy of a pair of third row seats rising from the boot floor at the touch of a button.
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6. Hyundai Santa Fe
Thanks to strong equipment levels, a practical cabin and a stable driving experience, the Hyundai Santa Fe is one of the most accomplished seven-seat SUVs on sale. Even basic models feature 18-inch alloy wheels, cruise control and automatic headlights as standard, shifting it close to the top of the class in the value for money stakes.
Fuel economy is impressive, too. A 2.2-litre diesel achieves a claimed 46.3mpg, yet can accelerate from 0-62mph in a more than adequate 9.8 seconds. Thanks to strong torque figures, it rarely feels overwhelmed with the task of hauling around up to seven people and their things.
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7. Land Rover Discovery
It’s a testament to the Land Rover Discovery’s quality that, despite first hitting showrooms back in 2004, only minimal tweaks have helped it maintain its position as one of the best seven seat off-roaders on sale.
The interior is smart and spacious, the 3.0-litre V6 diesel is smooth and refined, and it’s very comfortable for all to travel in – even when loaded with seven people and their luggage. With a towing limit of a whopping 3,500kg for a braked trailer, it’s also one of the best tow cars money can buy, too.
See how much you could save by selecting your perfect Land Rover Discovery in our car configurator.
8. Range Rover Sport
Don’t let the luxurious façade fool you – the Range Rover Sport is still a seriously capable car when the going gets muddy. All Land Rover’s latest tech is included – hill descent control, electronic differentials and the ability to wade through 850mm of water all help make it a formidable off-roading tool.
If anything, it’s even better on road. Performance ranges from the impressive 3.0-litre diesel to the 542hp 5.0-litre supercharged SVR. Through the corners, comparisons to some of the finest sports saloons are entirely justified. Consider that it can seven people in one of the finest interiors money can buy, and it’s easy to see why it’s rated so highly.
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9. Mercedes GL
Off-roaders don’t come bigger than the Mercedes GL. This gigantic 4×4 offers seven seats and, unusually for this segment, all would comfortably accommodate a full-grown adult. Air suspension makes sure that all occupants stay cosy, even over rough surfaces.
Buyers are offered the choice of a sensible 3.0-litre turbodiesel or an utterly bonkers 5.5-litre twin-turbo petrol V8. The former is refined, powerful and smooth, the latter will take all your local petrol station’s resources but is one of the most exciting engines ever built.
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10. Toyota Land Cruiser
The Toyota Land Cruiser is renowned the world over for being tough, dependable and brilliant off-road. It has a huge cabin – even with seven occupants on board, it offers a boot capacity on par with the Volkswagen Golf.
There’s plenty of equipment on offer, even in the basic models, and a 2.8-litre diesel makes the current model the most frugal yet – with fuel economy of 39.2mpg promised. Most buyers, though, will buy it for its utter dependability, regardless of what’s thrown at it.
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