At the end of the day, more is more. Having seven seats isn’t always the sexy option in a car showroom, but possessing two additional posts comes in handy. Children’s birthday parties, trips to the airport, and even short holidays can be covered with one car instead of two.
Many manufacturers have metamorphosed their traditional MPVs into more fashionable seven-seat SUVs, but there are still a few people carriers out there with a loyal fanbase. In no particular order, here are 10 of the best seven-seater cars.
Priced from: £29,585
A shining example of the MPV to SUV transformation, the 5008 went from dull to desirable overnight. Its stylish new looks have attracted many, and its generous space still ticks the boxes for the cabin. A versatile middle row with three individual seats allows for each to be reclined, adjusted, and stowed at your leisure. As with most seven-seat cars, the third row is best suited to children, but a pair of adults should be able to squeeze in for short trips.
Priced from: £74,265
Get past its controversial grille and you’ll find the new BMW X7 to be a very cosseting way to transport seven. Its enormous interior has the fit and finish you’d come to expect of a flagship BMW, and the technology to match. Tick the right option boxes and all occupants can be air conditioned, but even as standard it gets wi-fi, heated front seats, leather, and much more. That said, the X7 starts at £74,265 so you would expect good equipment levels for all that cash.
Despite its sheer scale, the X7 handles pretty well. Accurate steering, good body control, and ample grip actually allows for an enthusiastic drive – a real rarity in this class.
Priced from: £27,000
We think there’s a strong argument that since the Picasso’s inception at the millennium, Citroen has lead the MPV field. The latest car, now called Grand C4 Spacetourer, is best described as a living room on wheels with acres of space for the whole family. There’s also an even more premium feel to the interior materials then ever before in top-of-the-range models.
If you need to carry seven and some luggage economically, the Citroen Picasso – sorry, Grand C4 Spacetourer – still remains a frontrunner.
Priced from: £27,125
Considering that the Skoda Kodiaq is the Czech manufacturer’s first seven-seater, it smashed the ball right out of the park. The Kodiaq delivers on all of those Skoda-isms we’ve come to love the brand for. Clever solutions to everyday problems, good build quality, and value for money.
As you’d expect, there’s a sensible selection of petrol and diesel offerings to suit all, but there’s a black sheep in this family. A high performance VRS model is offered and is powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine. 236bhp and space for seven? Yes please!
Priced from £45,315
This reborn icon has enjoyed huge popularity right from its launch. While the old Defender was loved as a characterful and capable 4x4, this modern incarnation adds an extra layer of civility that makes it the perfect go-anywhere family car. Being a true Defender, its off-roading credentials are class leading even in its most basic form.
A longer wheelbase 110 has the option to seat seven with good levels of room for all. It’s boxy shape means that space has been optimised and leaves some room for pages even with the rearmost posts in place.
As well as pure petrol or diesel, the Defender can be had with a mild-hybrid system. However, this is only an option for top-spec Defender X models starting at over £80k.
Priced from £55,675
If you want to transport seven in style, the Audi Q7 provides that luxury touch that many others do not. Taking the form of a large SUV, it has all of the trendy appeal of this breed, not to mention that Audi badge kudos. It’s a bold car that makes a statement on the outside, but bathes occupants in rich material inside.
The Q7 can be had as petrol or diesel model, plug-in hybrid, not to mention the potent SQ7. The latter features 500bhp and a colossal 770Nm of torque. With a 0-62mph sprint of just 4.1 seconds, you’ll drop the kids off in no time.
Priced from: £29,155
As sister to the Skoda Kodiaq, the pair share a platform and some engine options. The Seat is a touch more costly than the Skoda, but some may prefer its more stylised appearance. Unlike its Volkswagen Group sibling, the Seat comes standard with seven seats and is quite well equipped for its price point.
Attractive PCP deals makes the Tarraco a good value option, and the desire to drive a marque with a bit of latin heritage, as opposed the usual humdrum, may appeal. It handles pretty well for a sizeable SUV, too.
Priced from: £87,190
Easily the fastest and most technologically advanced SUV on this list, the seven-seat variant of the Model X is a real spaceship. Open those signature Falcon Wing doors to reveal a spacious cabin filled with gadgets. A huge 17-inch infotainment display dominates the console, although the material quality that surrounds it is far from class leading.
Being an all-electric car, the Tesla Model X is a zero emission vehicle. The Long Range variant can cover up to 314 miles on a single charge, while the £101,000 Performance model will crack 0-60mph in just 4.4 seconds.
Priced from: £54,275
The Volvo XC90 has been a firm SUV favourite since its inception, but the latest model goes toe-to-toe with the Land Rover Discovery in the premium arena. While the Disco wins the off-roading battle, the cabin of the seven-seat Volvo can’t be matched. A beautiful minimalist design is forged from high quality materials for a truly zen-like feel to this interior.
Boot space is amongst the best in class and beats the Discovery, however, the Land Rover claims victory in terms of space in the third row. The XC90 is currently one of the few SUVs out there with a plug-in hybrid option and seven seats.
Priced from: £38,845
Back for another generation, Kia’s largest SUV will happily accommodate seven with some room to spare. This battle bus looks particularly sharp and sports the very latest design language from Kia. There’s some great tech onboard with things like blindspot cameras at your disposal.
Just like many of its competitors, petrol, diesel and a hybrid option are on the menu. A big draw for any potential Kia owner is the marque’s industry leading 7-year 100,000-mile warranty.