If you’re looking for seven seats and four-wheel drive for coping with winter weather, these five affordable off-roaders fit the bill.
The clocks have gone back and Christmas is just around the corner. If you don’t want to get marooned in winter snow, a 4×4 should keep you out of trouble – especially if fitted with winter tyres or snow socks.
We’ve found five practical off-roaders that give you the option of seven seats. In addition, there’s the high driving position and butch styling that come as standard on such vehicles.
Kia Sorento – Seven seats and seven-year warranty
If you’re seeking a great value off-roader with plenty of space for seven people, look no further than the Kia Sorento. This car not only gives you lots of space for your money, but also the peace of mind of a seven-year warranty. The Sorento fares well in terms of safety, with a five-star Euro NCAP rating and it can tow up to 2,500kg. Best of all, you can find discounts of around £4,000 if you shop around online.
Will the Kia Sorento let you down? Find out in the Which? Car Survey 2013.
Hyundai Santa Fe – Well-equipped 4×4 for an appealing price
While the Kia above is a hardy workhorse, the Hyundai Santa Fe offers a little more luxury – although many of the oily bits are shared between the two cars. The Santa Fe offers lots of interior space and standard equipment, plus four-wheel drive, for an appealing price. The rearmost seats aren’t the most generously sized for adults, however.
Is the Hyundai Santa Fe expensive to run? Get realistic fuel economy figures in our Hyundai Santa Fe review.
Nissan Qashqai+2 – Compact crossover with seven seats
The Nissan Qashqai+2 is smaller than some rivals, but you still get space for seven – provided you only attempt to squeeze children into the third-row seats. A new Qashqai arrives in showrooms in January, meaning you should be able to negotiate large discounts on the current model. We’ve spotted savings of around £3,000 from online car brokers.
Does the Qashqai+2 have 4×4-sized fuel bills? Read our Nissan Qashqai+2 review to find out.
Volvo XC90 – Large off-roader with lots of space
The Volvo XC90 may be rather long in the tooth (it was launched in 2002), but you can save an enormous £8,000 on list prices by shopping online. The XC90 is a fully-fledged luxury 4×4 with a huge, comfortable interior and plenty of space for seven people. It also boasts a strong 200bhp D4 2.4-litre diesel engine and powerful, progressive brakes.
How does the XC90 compare to rivals like the BMW X5? Learn more in our comprehensive Volvo XC90 review.
Mitsubishi Outlander – Frugal 4×4 with room for seven
Like the Nissan Qashqai, the Mitsubishi Outlander’s third row of seats works best for children. Fortunately, space and comfort levels in the front two rows of seats is impressive. The Outlander performed well in our lab test, delivering average fuel economy close to 50mpg. That means you can keep driving through winter snow, but won’t pay the price at the pumps for the rest of the year.
Find out how the Outlander performs on the road in our Mitsubishi Outlander review.