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Updated: 29 Dec 2021

Best 7-seater cars for 2022

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.
Daljinder Nagra
Ford Grand C-Max

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 more trendy SUV options, too. Including the all-electric Tesla Model X. 

But you do need to choose your car carefully. As well as listing our pick of the best seven-seaters, we've also listed some that are best left alone. These models make too many compromises to squeeze in two extra seats. Whether it's poor safety, dodgy reliability - or both - these seven-seaters are not good 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.

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Best new seven-seater cars

  • 72%
    £45329.00

    An impressive luxury SUV, this model successfully presents the best of the brand's well known large saloon cars in a hugely practical SUV body. Aside from some fidget on larger alloy wheels, the ride is smooth, while the cabin is quiet and cossetting. It packs an impressive array of driver assistance and active safety systems, too.

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  • 71%
    £28099.00

    Our highest-scoring Best Buy MPV, and with good reason. This model’s breadth of ability is impressive: it’s hugely spacious and comfortable, has a range of engines to suit most tastes, and has an upmarket, high-quality feel. It’s pricey, but you won’t feel short changed.

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  • 71%
    £25976.00

    This Best Buy model doesn’t just perform well in our tests; those who’ve bought it are very happy with their purchase, too. Delivering no-nonsense ease of use and generous amounts of passenger and luggage space, it hits the high notes for a large SUV. Owners also appreciate how easy it is to drive and its decent fuel economy.

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  • 71%
    £40712.00

    This is a great all-round large SUV. It drives well on road and even has a modicum of off-road ability. It's also got masses of space inside for seven people, comfortable seats and a huge boot. Standard equipment is generous and it's backed by a seven-year manufacturer warranty.

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Best used seven-seater cars

If you're looking for your money to go further, buying used can be a great way to get the ideal seven-seater car you're looking for. There are sensational options to choose from too - our experts give you the lowdown.

  • 76%
    £8119.00

    One of the best on-road 4x4s, with very sure-footed handling, although the ride can get a bit jittery on bad road surfaces. The diesel engines are sweet, refined and powerful, and the six-speed automatic gearbox shifts smoothly. It’s also comfortable and roomy, making it a good choice if you’re buying a family car. It’s got an attractive interior, too.

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  • 73%
    £8528.00

    This large MPV’s engine makes it efficient and quiet around town. There's plenty of space too, but it doesn't like to be hurried around corners.

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  • 71%
    £31807.00

    The key to this MPV’s appeal is not only its family-friendly versatility, but it’s also comfortable on long journeys and more fun to drive than you’d expect from a people carrier. It’s a full-size seven-seater, too.

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  • 69%
    £4473.00

    Seven seats and robust dependability see this MPV ace our tests. Space is at a premium for those in the third row of seats, but its levels of equipment and safety make it a worthy Best Buy.

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  • 68%
    £4573.00

    A practical seven-seat MPV it may be, but this model stands out for its sharp styling and satisfying driving experience. Its comfortable interior has plenty of practical touches, too.

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What to avoid when 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 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.

Furthermore, our assessments have revealed a hugely popular premium model that's great to drive and loaded with tech, but is likely to leave you frustrated at the side of the road.

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%
    £4288.00

    Spacious as it may be, this MPV feels too behind the curve to be considered. There are far better models available.

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  • 45%
    £3995.00

    For outright space, this MPV does live up to its name. There's loads of room for luggage and passengers. You won't want them sitting there though. The car's outdated safety credentials mean we recommend you avoid it.

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  • 45%
    £4805.00

    This model was an impressive MPV when launched. Not only was it as spacious and practical as you'd expect from a seven-seat MPV, it also offered an engaging driving experience, which few rivals could match. However, as safety tests have become more stringent, this model has started to show it’s age. A poor safety rating means we now can’t recommend it.

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  • 45%
    £4652.00

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

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Every car we review is subjected to more than 100 individual tests in a lab, on a test track, and on real roads – and we really clock up the miles, driving around 500 miles in every car we test.

Testing in controlled lab conditions means the results we collect are directly comparable between different cars, helping us determine exactly which models are better and why, and helping you find the perfect car.

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