- Looking to buy a new 7-seater car?
- Fit your whole family in one car
- We list the best seven-seater MPVs and SUVs
If your family has grown and you have two or more children, you might find that a standard five-seater car simply doesn’t have enough room for all your passengers and their luggage at the same time. A seven-seater car not only offers you more flexibility, but lots of load-space for your family’s gear. You used to have to buy an MPV, or get an estate car with small rear-facing seats in the boot - but that would mean you couldn't carry any luggage at the same time as all those passengers. But now there are so many seven-seat SUVs to choose from; there are loads of larger, taller cars with an off-road appearance (regardless of whether they can venture off the track or not) for you to pick. The old-style boxy MPV style just doesn't cut it with us any more - luckily, seven-seat cars are much more attractive and stylish.
Work out whether you need seven seats all of the time; if you only need those extra seats every now and then, consider a smaller SUV that has the option of adding those seats in; but if you will be carrying six passengers on a regular basis, then a bigger car with permanent, roomy seats is for you.
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Read through our list of the best seven-seat cars in the UK and see which you want to buy next - scroll down to see them all, or click on the quick links below to jump to your favourites:
1. Land Rover Discovery
2. Skoda Kodiaq
3. Volvo XC90
4. Audi Q7
5. Mercedes-Benz GLS
6. Tesla Model X
7. BMW X5
8. Kia Sorento
9. Ford Galaxy
10. SEAT Alhambra
11. Ford S-Max
12. Volkswagen Touran
13. Vauxhall Zafira Tourer
14. Renault Grand Scenic
15. Citroën Grand C4 Picasso
The best seven-seater SUVs for sale
Rugged, capable and impressive on the road or the driveway, the largest SUVs often feature a third row of seats for passengers - either as an occasional option, or intended as the default configuration. As more and more families have chosen this class of car, manufacturers have created economical two-wheel drive models, keeping the ground clearance and stance of an off roader without the additional weight of a complex four-wheel drive system.
The latest version of the Land Rover Discovery, launched in 2017, is the fifth-generation of this favourite. It’s bigger, lighter, and a lot more economical than its predecessor, although it’s also become pricier. There are three rows of forward-facing seats, and all rear rows have Isofix mountings making this an excellent model for families with young children. The rear seats can be folded flat electrically using a smartphone app. It excels off-road, but is great on-road too; none of this car’s practicality is lost amid the luxury either. Its permanent four-wheel drive system works with an eight-speed automatic gearbox - Land Rover claims this is the most capable off-roader it has ever made.
It is increasingly hard to see Skoda as a budget brand any more, yet the Kodiaq is significantly cheaper than its rivals. Underneath the subtle yet confident styling lies proven Volkswagen Group technology, and as a full-size complement to the Superb, this is also one of the roomiest SUVs on the market with a maximum cargo capacity of 2,065 litres. If all seven seats are used, the luggage space is a more modest 270 litres. There’s a variety of engines to choose from, depending on how much power you need for transporting all your passengers. Diesel makes the most sense; go for the 190hp if you regularly carry a full complement of passengers and luggage. Four-wheel drive is an option on the entry level models, and standard on the 190hp; seven-seat configurations start below £25,000 for the front-wheel drive SE 1.4 TSI.
The Skoda Kodiaq was the Seven-Seater of the Year in the Parkers New Car Awards 2018.
The first-generation Volvo XC90 enjoyed huge success worldwide and almost became a brand in itself. It was the firm’s first real off-roader and has proved extremely popular from its launch in 2002, with an all-new model arriving in 2015 to continue this.
It’s not hard to see why – it’s well-equipped, comes with seven seats as standard and has an extremely comfortable cabin. The folding rear-most seats are easier to use than those in the Discovery but they offer less passenger space overall. It may not be as agile to drive as rivals such as the BMW X5, but the XC90 offers a comfortable alternative with a refined ride making it ideal for long motorway journeys. The D5 diesel is the best engine out of the range and offers a great blend of economy and punchy performance too. In conjunction with Volvo’s safety and robust build quality, it’s easy to see what makes this such a good family car. It comes with two Isofix points as standard, with an integrated booster seat as an optional extra.
The Q7 offers a lot in the way of technology and kit. Useful safety systems include warnings to stop you opening your door into oncoming traffic, braking the car to a halt if a collision is imminent, and even parking itself. The last row of seats can be folded electrically using a button in the boot - there’s even an option not to have the last row if you wish, at no extra cost. There’s lots of space for all passengers, especially in the front thanks to sports seats.
Comfortable, spacious, and easy to drive, all GLS models come with four-wheel drive. If you’re a hardcore off-roader, plump for the Off-Road Package. The seats are amazingly comfortable, and the interior quality feels premium. There are two trims to choose from, with loads of options to personalise your GLS, including lots of interior tweaks that are free. You’ll be grateful for the 360-degree camera when it comes to parking your GLS, as the footprint on this car is absolutely huge.
If you want an electric car with seven seats, then welcome to the Tesla Model X. With zero emissions and silent running, you get sports car acceleration, four-wheel drive and low running costs; but it’s not exactly cheap to buy up front. The falcon wing rear doors epitomise the eccentricity and space-ship feel of this car - especially when you activate the 'Easter egg' functions, making the lights flash and doors dance to special music. Bonkers.
A practical SUV with seven seats and low costs, but still with amazing performance - the top spec P100D is claimed to accelerate from 0-62mph in just 2.9 seconds, beating the Ferrari 488 GTB by a tenth of a second. However, remember you will need to charge the car up; you’re recommended to get a Tesla Wall Connector at home, and getting to know the supercharger sites around the UK (35 at the time of writing). Tesla claims you can get about 170 miles of range from as little as 30 minutes’ charge.
New price: £81,405 - £148,405
Lease this car from new
Used price: £53,840 - £105,135
Insurance group: 50
Isofix points: two on middle row outer seats, third row option includes two more
The X5 is enormous, but it’s surprisingly nimble. This is a premium SUV, great to drive, but expensive to buy and run - unless you get the more frugal rear-wheel drive diesels or plug-in hybrid versions. It’s luxurious on the inside; choose from comfort or sports seats, with easy access to the seats in the third row.
Fuel economy: 25 - 53mpg
Insurance group: 37 - 50
Isofix points: two on the middle row outer seats
The Kia might not have a premium image, but the Sorento gives you plenty of interior space, good handling, and the famous seven-year warranty. The third row has more room than previous models, meaning it’s not reserved just for children any more. Access to those rear seats is good thanks to sliding and tipping middle seats. The panoramic sunroof makes the interior feel airy. Access the boot using the electrically operated Smart Power Tailgate - handy when you’re laden with shopping bags. Boot space isn’t great with all seven seats up - 142 litres - but rises to 1,662 litres with all the rear seats folded.
The best traditional seven-seater MPVs
Although driver and passengers still sit higher up, MPVs tend to have less ground clearance than SUVs, giving more secure handling and easier access for smaller or older occupants. This also allows a greater load height without having an impractically tall vehicle, and a lower loading sill if you want to use your car as a serious load lugger. If you don't need the option of four wheel drive, these seven seaters could be a more economical option.
This seven-seater is great if you have older children, as the large MPV gives rear passengers lots of space - it’s bigger than its little sister, the S-Max, although the looks are very similar. Opt for the Family Pack and you can fold the middle and rear seats electrically, making life a bit easier. The Galaxy might be happier on motorways and A-roads rather than bendy B-roads, but it is engaging to drive, as well as comfortable. The boot is roomy, with 300 litres of space available with the seats up, and up to 2,339 litres with the two rear rows all folded.
The Alhambra can really carry seven in comfort. Throw in an incredibly quick and user-friendly seat-folding system and you have a functional and practical people carrier. The seats are all comfortable and those in the middle row slide backwards and forwards. As a traditional large MPV, it has a large glass area, great visibility and is well suited to long journeys. It faces some tough competition, but with plenty of kit as standard, decent fuel economy and low CO2 emissions, it offers good value for money. The sliding doors and boot can be electrically operated too, if specified.
The Ford S-Max is a people carrier with a sporty edge. It’s designed to stand out from the crowd with sharp styling, tight handling, and powerful engines. It certainly doesn’t feel like an MPV from behind the wheel with an agile drive and accurate steering. There’s more to the S-Max than just looks though – it’s also very practical thanks to seven seats and its fold-flat rear seats. However, if you’re not taken by the sports-inspired styling and need more interior space, the more conventional Ford Galaxy is also available. Both cars were designed together and share the majority of components, however there’s less headroom in the S-Max due to the sloping roof and more streamlined rear. It still has 26 cubbies dotted around the cabin however, so you’ll never be short of storage places.
Thanks to a growth spurt, the Touran offers more space inside than its predecessor with more luggage capacity too. Along with the second and third row seats, the front passenger backrest can be collapsed to create a flat floor. There are five engines available to choose from, all of which have four cylinders, turbocharging, and stop/start technology. VW’s Bluemotion technology is also available to help minimise running costs. And if your family travels with a lot of stuff, you’ll be pleased to know there are 47 cubby holes in the cabin.
With this model, the clever Flex 7 seating system is still here but it’s been upgraded to make things even more practical and adaptable. Engine-wise, two petrol engines and three diesel engines are on offer. On the road, the Zafira Tourer offers a sedate and hassle-free driving experience with a choice of driving modes. Despite not being remotely sporty, there is a Sport mode which offers livelier throttle response and steering for more enthusiastic moments. There’s also a Tour mode, offering an even more laid-back experience than the car’s standard setting.
Used price: £3,880 - £21,430
Fuel economy: 39 - 68mpg
Insurance group: 11 - 22
Isofix points: two on middle row outer seats
Renault has a good reputation for making practical yet stylish people carriers and the latest Grand Scenic continues that tradition. The practical interior is spacious and full of family-friendly features with storage space in abundance. It’s also good to drive and is extremely refined with a smooth ride and quiet cabin. Renault didn’t have the greatest reputation for reliability, but the Grand Scenic feels much better built than previous models. It’s also secured a five-star Euro NCAP rating while generous equipment levels and a range of refined engines help make it one of the best people carriers around.
The good-looking Grand C4 Picasso bristles with bright ideas designed to make owning a people carrier easier and more enjoyable. It’s extremely family-friendly with easy fold-flat seats in the back, a huge windscreen for better visibility, lots of clever storage areas and even a boot light that doubles as a torch. And being a Citroën, it’s generally good value for money and very comfortable. It’s safe to drive and extremely refined too, but is let down a little by the quality of some of the interior plastics.
Used price: £5,930 - £20,000
Fuel economy: 44 - 74mpg
Insurance group: 13 - 26
Isofix points: on all middle-row seats
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