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Best 7-seater cars for 2019

By Martin Pratt

Article 11 of 16

The best seven-seater cars are perfect for families, offering flexible seating when you need to squeeze in extra passengers, and a huge boot when you don't. 

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Seven-seater cars are great for large families, especially when you need to transport extra friends home from school – or perhaps grown-up friends to the airport. 

The best seven-seaters offer a comfortable experience whether you're riding up-front, in the second row or right at the back. When the extra seats in the boot aren't needed, they'll usually stow away neatly, freeing up a huge load space. 

Buying a seven-seater doesn't necessarily mean you have to choose an MPV, though. There are plenty of SUV options, too. Including the all-electric Tesla Model X. 

We've also listed some seven-seaters that are best left alone. These models make too many compromises to squeeze in two extra seats. Whether it's interior space, boot capacity or miles to the gallon, these seven-seaters are poor examples of the class.

Below are the best seven-seater cars you can buy – every one a true Which? Best Buy. Scroll down to see which ones you should avoid.

Best seven-seater cars

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Best new seven-seater cars

84%
£50,890
Reviewed

This imposing full-size SUV is optionally available with seven seats, increasing its usefulness as a family car. Drivers will appreciate its surefooted handling and high-quality cabin.

81%
£68,751
Reviewed

Imposingly large, yet with an agility that belies its enormity, this large SUV pulls off a seemingly impossible feat. It's not just super-fast in a straight line, it also corners with precision and confidence. It can also seat up to seven passengers in one of the most comfortable, high-quality cabins we've come across.

76%
£21,312
Reviewed

A good-value option for families, offering masses of space inside for both luggage and passengers - well, five people at least; the seven-seat model's extra two seats are tiny. It's also comfortable and well made.

73%
£24,787
Reviewed

This model is the complete MPV package, with seven adult-sized seats, plenty of luggage space, and a comfortable ride. Only high NOX emissions in our tests let it down.

71%
£25,797
Reviewed

This Japanese MPV is fitted with a hybrid engine, boosting efficiency and refinement around town. It's comfy and accommodating, too.

Best used seven-seater cars

77%
£5,261
Reviewed

Robust, comfortable and easy to drive - this model may not be particularly desirable, but it ticks all the right boxes as an MPV, some lower quality cabin plastics aside.

76%
£9,495
Reviewed

This bulky SUV drives well and has an attractive interior that is sure to please, whether you're up front or on the back row.

70%
£3,236
Reviewed

Masses of passenger space and a flexible interior layout make this popular model a decent people mover. There's not much luggage space with all seven seats in place, and some engines feel sluggish. However, it's good enough to easily be recommended as a Best Buy.

69%
£3,142
Reviewed

A strong engine range, high levels of comfort, and - crucially - excellent crash safety credentials, make this seven-seat model very easy to recommend. High exhaust emissions in our tests prevent it being a Best Buy, though.

68%
£3,490
Reviewed

Proving you needn't give up on driving pleasure just because you need seven seats, this popular model is amongst the best MPVs to drive. Passengers won't be short-changed either, as it's got a comfortable ride and a spacious cabin, too.

What to avoid when you're buying a seven-seater

There are seven-seater cars across a range of car classes, not just MPVs. You could get a seven-seat 4x4 if you wanted, or an estate. The choice is no bad thing, but it does mean some seven-seaters share the negative traits of those classes.

Adding two extra seats to a car can mean a loss of interior space. Is a car a true seven-seater if no adults can comfortably use the rear seats? You don’t have to compromise on space, and our new and used car reviews show you which models to avoid if you want all seven seats to be suitable for adults.

If you’re more attracted to estates than tall MPVs, then you need to consider boot space. Adding two more seats will eat into how much room you have in the back. 

It’s not just estates that have this problem - our testing has found MPV-style seven-seaters with barely any boot space unless you put the rear seats down. That’s no good if you’re going on a family holiday and you’re trying to squeeze seven people’s luggage into an inadequate boot.

Our tests found a 7-seater car with less boot space than a Ford Fiesta.

Our testing found a seven-seater car with just 235 litres of boot space - that’s less than a Ford Fiesta. But you don’t need to settle for a small boot, as we’ve found models with more than 1,000 litres of usable boot space.

4x4 models introduce their own problems. Choose the wrong model and you’ll be paying a fortune in fuel. Seven-seat SUVs are some of the biggest and heaviest models in the class - while no one expects them to be as frugal as a Prius, there is still a significant difference between the most and least-efficient models.

One seven-seater we tested managed a miserable 21.9mpg, while the top-performing model achieved 61.1mpg - an enormous difference of almost 40mpg.

The large number of options across multiple classes makes our expert advice even more important. Our guides can help you choose between an estate, 4x4 or classic MPV-style seven-seater, and our in-depth testing shows you which models not to buy.

Seven-seat cars to avoid

45%
£750
Reviewed

This spacious people carrier is generally practical and user-friendly, with a big boot, but the rear seats aren't the most comfortable for adults over long distances. It's far from being an inspiring drive, too: the steering is disappointing, and the diesel engines are unrefined. Safety is off the pace, too, with a low Euro NCAP score.

45%
£14,449
Reviewed

This model is certainly practical and spacious, as well as being more refined than its predecessor, but it's way behind the times in terms of safety, as well as in other areas, such as refinement and driving dynamics.

45%
£13,712
Reviewed

It's certainly a lot better than the old model, with much improved build quality and more accomplished driving dynamics, but this is a Which? Don’t Buy as its crash test performance leaves a lot to be desired.

41%
£28,591
Reviewed

It isn't the most agile or car-like SUV to drive, and rivals offer a more convincing blend of luxury and technology. It also hasn't shaken the brand's reliability problems, and has proved to be a big headache for buyers. So it's a Which? Don't Buy.

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