Company car allowance picks – seven-seaters

  • Not sure whether to take a company car or the cash?
  • We pick top rated seven seaters with our favourite engines and trims
  • Take the money and open up a world of choice

Being offered a company car can be a great perk, but it's not for everyone and it can sometimes make more sense to take the monthly cash sum instead.

Many people choose to use this cash to pay for a new car, either with a lease deal or monthly finance repayments. You get the freedom to pick which car you want instead of the restrictions in place - like CO2 output, number of seats or fuel type - on a company car scheme.

Plus, picking an engine that will please your fleet manager often means compromising on power, but that's not a problem if you take the cash.

To help you find your next new car, here are our highest-rated seven-seaters along with the engine and trim we’d pick.


Ford S-Max

Ford S Max

Combining sporty looks and handling with seven-seat practicality, the S-Max offers a stylish alternative to the established boxy people carriers.

Thanks to a new Easy Entry system it’s no task to get into the third row. One touch folds and slides the middle row seats so you can get into the back. It’s not huge back there, a penalty of the exterior styling, but big enough.

All of the diesel engines are 2 litres in size but there’s a choice of different power outputs. We think the middle powered 148bhp model is more than adequate while retaining some of the economy characteristics of the lower powered unit.

Titanium trim costs £1,650 more than the base Zetec but you get sat-nav, different 17-inch alloys, cruise control with intelligent speed limiter, automatic headlights and wipers and LED daytime running lamps.

Vital statistics

Star rating: 4.5

Engine and trim: 2.0 TDCi Titanium 5d

Price: £27,695

Power: 148bhp

Economy: 56 mpg

CO2 emissions: 129g/km 

Kit highlights: Sat-nav, voice control system, cruise control with traffic sign recognition.

For our full Ford S-Max review click here


Volvo XC90

Volvo XC90

Safe, comfortable and well equipped, there's an awful lot to like about the Volvo XC90. We’ve picked out R Design spec as it comes with sportier seats, larger wheels and driver display screen, and a host of visual upgrades inside and out.

There’s sumptuous luxury throughout the cabin and it's one of the best in our list here when it comes to interior roominess.

There are three engines to choose from and they all come with an eight speed automatic gearbox as standard. We think the solitary D5 diesel does the best job of powering the XC90’s bulk without drinking fuel. It has 222bhp and 470Nm of torque which allows brisk progress too.

Vital statistics

Star rating: 4.5

Engine and trim: 2.0 D5 R Design AWD 5d Geartronic

Price: £49,285

Power: 222bhp

Economy: 48 mpg

CO2 emissions: 152g/km

Kit highlights: LED headlights, powered tailgate, sat-nav, live traffic information.

For our full Volvo XC90 review click here


Peugeot 5008

Peugeot 5008

The big Peugeot offers a good drive in a compact package without compromising on pragmatism. It may be the smallest on our list but it punches above its weight in terms of value for money and practicality.

You get three individual seats in the second row for added flexibility, plus actual legroom in the back thanks to a proper footwell. However, due to the car's smaller size the rear row is really for teenagers only.

The top 2-litre diesel offers 150bhp in manual form and 163bhp in automatic. The latter doesn’t offer a huge amount more speed so you’re better off in the manual.

Splash out on an Allure trim and you get climate control, sat nav, cruise control, parking sensors, reversing camera and head up display.

Vital statistics

Star rating: 4.5

Engine and trim: 2.0 BlueHDi Allure 5d

Price: £26,095

Power: 150bhp

Economy: 67 mpg, 110g/km CO2

Kit highlights: Sat nav, reversing camera, head up display.

For our full Peugeot 5008 review click here.


Land Rover Discovery Sport

Land Rover Discovery Sport

Until the fully-fledged Discovery comes along in 2016, the smaller Discovery Sport is your best option if you want a seven-seat Land Rover. 

That’s no hardship though as it’s a very capable vehicle both on the road and off, plus it offers a bit more subtlety than the glamorous XC90.

We like the 2.2-litre diesel engine which is also used in the Range Rover Evoque, paired with the nine-speed automatic gearbox as it offers smooth and linear power.

HSE spec bags you some nice upgrades including an eleven-speaker stereo, full leather seats, panoramic sunroof, and a reversing camera.

Vital statistics

Star rating: 4.5

Engine and trim: 2.2 SD4 HSE 5d Auto

Price: £39,400

Power: 187bhp

Economy: 44 mpg

CO2 emissions: 166g/km

Kit highlights: Panoramic sunroof, voice control sat nat, heated and cooled front seats. 

For our full Land Rover Discovery Sport review click here

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