The seven cheapest seven-seaters

  • We identify the seven cheapest seven-seat people-carrier
  • All cost under £19,000 offering lots of metal for the money
  • Flexible interiors make them practical propositions

As green shoots of recovery begin to grow in the economic landscape, more consumers are deciding the time is right to buy a new car.

For larger families who require the flexibility and carrying capacity of a seven-seater people-carrier, the outlook seems expensive, with most models costing in excess of £20,000. If you don’t want to go down the van-based minibus route, finding an inexpensive large family car can prove difficult.

So, we’ve saved you time and hassle by identifying the cheapest seven-seater people-carriers you can buy.

1. Chevrolet Orlando 1.8 LS

 

Underneath that distinctive, boxy bodywork is a flexible seven-seat platform shared with Vauxhall’s newest Zafira. The third row seats fold flat into the boot floor while the middle row tips forwards to make an enormous boot. All the seats are comfy but rearmost ones are best suited to children. LS specification isn’t especially generous so you get no parking sensors or sat-nav and only a simple air-con system. Its 1.8-litre petrol engine puts it in pricy band G for road tax. In terms of practicality per pound, this is the best of this septet.

Price new: £17,620

Fuel consumption: 40.3mpg

Range: 567 miles

CO2 emissions: 164g/km

Length: 4,652mm

Boot: 101-1,594 litres

2. Kia Carens 1.6 GDI 1 EcoDynamics

 

Kia’s latest Carens looks like an inflated Ceed, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Spacious interior, again with the third row ideally sized for kids and smaller adults, but even more interior space than the Chevrolet above. Combined with the Kia’s better fuel economy, impressive build quality and more generous equipment list that includes electric rear windows and cruise control, the Kia's hard to overlook. Clinching the deal is the Carens’ hard to ignore seven-year warranty.

Price new: £17,895

Fuel consumption: 44.1mpg

Range: 562 miles

CO2 emissions: 149g/km

Length: 4,525mm

Boot: 103-1,650 litres

3. SsangYong Turismo 2.0 e-XDi S

 

SsangYong’s latest seven-seater replaces the Rodius, a car with a face only a mother could love. It’s still distinctive and massive, measuring well over 5m in length offering a genuinely big boot, even with all seven seats in use, and loads of interior space. Talking of the seats, the middle row comprises of two ‘captain’ chairs with a three-person bench at the back. All that bodywork to haul around takes its toll on fuel economy though, even with a diesel engine, pushing CO2 emissions into road tax band J.

Price new: £17,995

Fuel consumption: 37.2mpg

Range: 654 miles

CO2 emissions: 199g/km

Length: 5,130mm

Boot: 875-3,146 litres

4. Nissan Qashqai+2 1.6 Visia

 

Nissan’s Qashqai is one of Britain’s best-selling cars, offering plenty of space and good build quality in a well-priced package. The +2 part of the name indicates that this is the longer version with a pair of child and small-adult-friendly seats in the back. Its 1.6-litre petrol engine revs smoothly and in Visia specification it’s reasonably well-appointed with air-con, electric windows and alloy wheels, although it does miss out on the 360 degree parking cameras shown on the adverts. Band G road tax costs aren’t exceptionally good but they’re the second lowest here.

Price new: £18,195

Fuel consumption: 42.8mpg

Range: 611 miles

CO2 emissions: 154g/km

Length: 4,541mm

Boot: 130-1,520 litres

5. Totota Verso 1.6 V-matic Active

 

Toyota recently facelifted the Verso giving it a new nose that resembles the latest Auris hatchback, a refresh that works well. Everywhere else it’s a case of as-you-were, meaning the dashboard still has its instruments mounted in the middle. High levels of build quality and a five-year warranty are strong selling points although it’s lacking in equipment compared to others here and it can feel a little claustrophobic in that third row of seats. It’s practical though with all seats folding flat into the floor.

Price new: £18,265

Fuel consumption: 42.8mpg

Range: 564 miles

CO2 emissions: 154g/km

Length: 4,460mm

Boot: 198-1,696 litres

6. Vauxhall Zafira 1.6i 16v VVT Exclusiv

 

Vauxhall has two Zafiras in its range, this being the older one launched in 2005. It’s smaller than its ‘Tourer’ sibling but represents better value for money as a seven-seater family car but obviously isn’t ‘the latest thing’. That said, for all it’s an older model it’s not packed with equipment to help it sell, so no climate control, cruise control, parking sensors or Bluetooth. It remains a flexible proposition though, with third row seats that fold into the boot floor.

Price new: £18,570

Fuel consumption: 42.2mpg

Range: 538 miles

CO2 emissions: 157g/km

Length: 4,467mm

Boot: 140-1,820 litres

7. Peugeot 5008 1.6 VTi Access

 

Peugeot’s newest people carrier has been one of the models that’s lifted the firm’s image in terms of quality with a well-built interior using an array of appealing plastics. It’s also spacious and practical - it's easy to fold and raise the five rear seats, leaving a flat van-like load bay when required, but be aware the boot is tiny with all of them in use. In Access trim it’s not got the most generous of specifications but it does drive smoothly and with lots of glass, all the passengers can see out easily, which is great for those relegated to row three.

Price new: £18,600

Fuel consumption: 40.9mpg

Range: 539 miles

CO2 emissions: 159g/km

Length: 4,529mm

Boot: n/a*-2,506 litres

*Peugeot does not quote a figure for the boot space for the 5008 in seven-seat mode.