If you’re looking for a vehicle that can seat seven, you’re spoilt for choice – well over 40 models on sale offer that sort of flexibility, but which one should you pick for your family We’ve tried to help narrow the choice a little by picking out our top 10 best seven seater cars.
There is the usual array of MPVs and SUVs with budgets to suit most buyers. Check out our favourite seven-seater hybrid cars if you’d like a little more fuel efficiency – or the best seven-seater 4x4s if you drive in slippery conditions. Put your car of choice in our car configurator to see how much carwow could help you save.
1. Citroen Grand C4 Picasso
Citroen’s Grand C4 Picasso is probably one of the most stylish on the market – the French firm has made sure it’s one of the most distinctive MPVs on the road. Despite the style and its slightly lazy driving dynamics, it’s immensely practical, has a light and airy cabin and a smooth, family friendly ride.
It’s economical, too, with the most efficient diesel engine returning an impressive 74mpg, albeit not when driven in a hurry! Its combination of impressive space, stylish looks and low running costs earn the Grand C4 Picasso a place on this list.
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2. SEAT Alhambra
The SEAT Alhambra is one of the most practical vehicles on this list. The seven full-sized seats can all accommodate adults and the sliding rear doors give an extra helping hand when parked in tight spaces. There’s room behind the third row for a decent weekly shop and, with all rear seats folded, the Alhambra can rival some vans for luggage space.
The Alhambra shares much of its DNA with the Volkswagen Sharan and shares its strong engines and quality interior. Fuel consumption of 50mpg isn’t overly impressive for an MPV – a consequence of the car’s size and weight. Nevertheless, it’s a great value option and offers masses of space for the money.
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3. Volvo XC90
The latest Volvo XC90 has become a firm favourite among critics. Volvo has bestowed its latest flagship with attractive looks, a stunning cabin and economical engines. As an added bonus, there’s plenty of room for passengers and a reasonable amount of luggage space, even when all seven seats are being used.
Handy features like the optional integrated booster seats and straightforward infotainment system also make life easier for family buyers. It’s worth remembering that the XC90 won’t be especially cheap to buy or run – official fuel consumption of 49mpg is’t bad, but other costs will be higher than some vehicles on this list.
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4. Land Rover Discovery Sport
Land Rover’s replacement for the Freelander, the Discovery Sport, doesn’t disappoint with much sleeker styling and the added versatility of seven seats. The rear-most seats aren’t the most spacious or that easy to access for adults, but are standard on all but the basic Discovery Sport.
Recently Land Rover bestowed the Discovery Sport with its new Ingenium diesel engines, offering improved fuel consumption of up to 57.7mpg and much lower emissions if you are looking for a company car. Overall, the Discovery Sport is a great package that offers a lot for families.
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5. Kia Sorento
The Kia Sorento is a highly capable vehicle that offers upmarket features and design, but at a great value price. Equipment levels are high and it gets Kia’s class-leading seven-year warranty as standard. Like the Discovery Sport, it can seat seven adults for shorter journeys.
All models come with a 2.2-litre diesel and, while manual versions can return a reasonable 49mpg, those with the six-speed automatic may find themselves filling up a little too often – 42.2 mpg isn’t that impressive when you compare it to larger cars on this list. Still the Sorento is a lot cheaper than those, and still won’t break the bank to buy or run.
Check out our Kia Sorento configurator to see current offers available.
6. Ford Galaxy
Now in its third generation, the Ford Galaxy has developed into a comfortable cruiser that can handle anything you or your passengers can throw at it. Three rows of seats all provide good space for adults and there’s some room for shopping left behind the third row. Disappointingly, the rear doors are conventionally hinged rather than mounted on sliding rails.
The Galaxy gets Ford’s SYNC infotainment system and, under the bonnet, there’s a range of economical engines that can return up to 57mpg. The Ford might not be the most stylish vehicle on this list, but it’s definitely one of the most well rounded.
Get a better idea of how much you can save with our Ford Galaxy configurator.
7. Audi Q7
The new Audi Q7 is a handsome beast, with a fantastic interior and plenty of space for passengers. Seven seats are standard along with Audi’s impressive MMI infotainment system. There’s plenty of cool technology optionally available too, including virtual cockpit. The rearmost seats are reasonably spacious, plus there’s space behind them for a weekly shop.
The Q7 is big but, thankfully, there’s a range of engines offering impressive pace while still returning a reasonable 48.7mpg in lower powered variants. Overall running costs are likely to be higher than most cars on this list, and it’s the most expensive too.
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8. Nissan X-Trail
The Nissan X-Trail has gone from being a rugged compact 4×4, to a practical seven-seat crossover. Stylish looks ape those of the popular Qashqai, yet the larger body comes across as a bit more mature and also allows a third row of seats.
It’s good value, the 1.6-litre diesel engine is powerful enough and it still manages to return an impressive 58mpg in two-wheel drive form. Annoyingly, seven seats aren’t standard on the X-Trail and are an £800 option in most models, plus they’re rather tight for adults.
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9. Volkswagen Sharan
The Sharan is Volkswagen’s version of the SEAT Alhambra and, in exchange for a little more money, you get a shinier badge, slightly flashier styling and some nicer materials inside. Whether you think that’s worth the premium is up to you, but the Sharan shares all the SEAT’s strengths – a vast interior, seating for seven adults and sliding rear doors.
On the road, it’s as easy to drive as any other Volkswagen with only the greater size presenting a little more of an issue. Nevertheless, it’s comfortable over bumps and is easy to drive on the motorway.
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10. Ford S-Max
The new Ford S-Max builds on the old model’s sporty driving experience by offering a more grown-up ride, complete with an improved interior and Ford’s latest styling language. It’s not as commodious as the Galaxy, but seven adults will fit just fine for shorter journeys.
The S-Max also benefits from Ford’s comprehensive range of engines – the most economical of which returns 57mpg. It’s also pretty good value and benefits from Ford’s extensive and highly rated dealer network – making ownership a painless experience.
Find out how much you could save by putting the Ford S-Max in our car configurator.
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