The multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) is no longer the go-to vehicle for families with many items to transport. The general public discovered that large, seven-seat family cars with the space and cabin flexibility could accommodate more than 2 or 3 children while looking less like an Antonov cargo transporter.
Then, an otherwise average SUV was readily available, and sales of the “one-box” multi-purpose vehicle began to decline. It carries on, even if just a few people succeed.
You And other Customers may now select from a wide range of SUVs, some of which can seat up to seven people. However, not all of them will do so while allowing you to use any available engines. While some claim actual seven-seat practicality, the rearmost seats are often unavailable due to the vehicle’s roof height.
7-Seater Cars In The UK
Customers may now choose from a wide variety of SUVs, some of which can seat up to seven people. However, not all of them will do so while allowing you to use any available engines.
While some claim actual seven-seat practicality, the rearmost seats are often unavailable due to the vehicle’s roof height. We’ve created a list of the best new options for carrying seven people, ranging from low-cost MPVs to fully electric SUVs.
|Volvo’s XC90.||I5 turbo, I5 turbo, I6, I6 twin-turbo, V8. Engine||15.38 kmpl|
|Dacia Jogger.||Petrol: 1.0 L H4Dt TCe 110 I3 12V turbo||47.9mpg|
|Hyundai Santa Fe.||2.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 191-hp||5 mpg combined, 22 mpg city, 28 mpg highway|
|SEAT Tarraco.||Petrol: 1.5 L 150 TSI I4 2.0 L 190 TSI I4 2.0 L 245 TSI I4 Diesel: 2.0 L 150 TDI I4 2.0 L 190 TDI I4||29.7 – 42.2 mpg|
|Audi Q7.||2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine||11.2 kmpl|
|Land Rover Discovery||3.0 L AJ126 V6-S (petrol) 5.0 L AJ133 V8 (petrol) 2.7 L AJD V6-T (diesel) 3.0 L AJD V6-T (diesel)||8.9 kmpl and goes up to 12 kmpl|
|Peugeot 5008.||Petrol: 1.2 L EB2DTS I3 turbo 1.6 L EP6FDT I4 turbo Diesel: 1.5 L DV5 BlueHDi I4 turbo 2.0 L DW10 I4 turbo||60.8mpg|
|Kia Sorento||A 191-hp 2.5-liter inline-four-cylinder engine||24 city MPG, 29 MPG highway|
It’s no surprise that our top three choices are huge SUVs, but increasing your budget and vehicle size does not always provide you with a more practical seven-seat option in this class.
The Volvo XC90 is currently the top-rated of the bunch. Most of its competitors are newer, but none can match its seven-passenger capacity, superb appearance, and opulent interior. The XC90 has a complete complement of seven seats, regardless of engine or trim level.
Unlike its PHEV rivals from BMW, Mercedes, and Land Rover, the T8 plug-in hybrid (PHEV) model retains all seven. Even better, because of a recent increase in battery capacity, it can now travel over 40 miles on a single charge and is eligible for an 8% BiK tax rate for commercial drivers.
The interior is spacious and bright, while the exterior design continues Volvo’s recent success. Volvo offers gasoline, diesel, and plug-in hybrid engine options. The plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) provides the most attractive mix of performance, refinement, and efficiency, but the mild-hybrid diesel B5 is a very sensible compromise.
In comparison, the mild-hybrid gasoline options are significantly less fuel-efficient in everyday driving. The seat in the centre of the second row can be removed and utilised as an integrated booster seat, and all of the seats in that row glide forward and backwards independently.
Although there are no Isofix booster seat anchorages in the third row, they are spacious enough for more minor persons or children to use in moderate comfort, and access to them is adequate. For an additional charge, You can fit air conditioning vents.
The Dacia Sandero, a supermini, serves as the Jogger’s basis, but its stretched bodywork and plastic covering give it SUV and estate vehicle features.
On the other hand, the inside is the actual selling point; while being 459 millimetres larger than the vehicle on which it is based, the design is more coherent than it might have been. In addition to the standard knee room seen in a family hatchback, the middle row gives ample space for legs and feet.
Seats fold forward to make room for a third row, and all hearts, even the centre one, are comfortable. Surprisingly, this is more comfortable than the Skoda Kodiaq and even the Land Rover Discovery Sport, which are much larger and more expensive seven-seaters.
Although its 108 horsepower may not appear much, the Jogger’s lightweight for a seven-seater makes it appear fast enough for its intended purpose. It has a single 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine.
Hyundai Santa Fe
The Santa Fe won Best Large Car at the 2022 Autocar Awards with its new redesign. The spacious, family-friendly Korean vehicle has long been one of our favourites, but with the arrival of cost-effective plug-in petrol-electric powertrains, it has risen to the top of our list.
Despite adding a substantial lithium-ion battery pack and electric motors, Santa Fe’s seven-seat cabin remains as spacious as before. This means that the third-row seats will be roomy and comfortable for adults. The trunk of the Hyundai boasts a good 571 litres of room, which expands to a massive 1,649 litres when all the seats are folded down.
Furthermore, material quality and technology improvements in the facelift provide the vehicle with genuine luxury appeal. It adopts a relaxed demeanour when moving, which is ideal for a seven-passenger SUV.
When pushed to its limits, the 1.6-litre engine’s 262 horsepower makes a laboured noise, but that’s tolerable because it excels in the mid-ranges, where the electric motor’s 90 horsepower can give quick torque fill.
The Santa Fe, in particular, offers a decent all-electric range of 36 miles on a single charge. A 2.2-litre engine is also available for those who drive a lot of kilometres or tow a lot of weight. A 227-horsepower “self-charging” petrol-electric unit is available for everyone else (its braked limit of 2500kg is around 1200kg more than the PHEV).
If you’re not in a rush, the Hyundai’s light and responsive handling allow you to drive it with pleasant accuracy. Although it has outstanding finesse and is a calm and enjoyable ride, it can become choppy on nasty terrain. At £50,000, the plug-in Santa Fe isn’t cheap, but there aren’t many competitors that offer the same level of amenities and performance.
The SEAT Tarraco is a newcomer to the sector but finishes second to the Skoda Kodiaq on the podium. Both vehicles share many features, such as adopting the VW Group’s tried-and-true MQB chassis, a nearly equivalent engine range, and comparable proportions.
However, we believe the SEAT is more enjoyable to drive and has more curb appeal. The Tarraco is available with front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, as well as a selection of gas and diesel powertrains. The Kodiaq can easily seat seven passengers, but its maximum load capacity is only 1,775 litres.
Nonetheless, it is a large family vehicle, and it may be best suited for people who frequently require only five seats but occasionally demand seven. Our best option is the 2.0-litre diesel with two-wheel drive and manual transmission because it strikes a solid mix between power and fuel economy. The SE Technology grade offers the most value for money because it has so many useful features as standard, making it an excellent choice for a family vehicle.
The Audi Q7, a full-size SUV, stands at the top of the podium because it is the only car on our list with six pleasant, spacious seats with Isofix child seat points. Of course, Audi charges a premium for this option, and it’s worth noting that the two TFSIe plug-in hybrid models in the lineup have fewer seats (5 vs 7), which is a shame.
However, if you stick to the classic powertrains, of which there are several, the massive Audi does make a credible seven-seater. It comes standard with a 228- or 282-horsepower 3.0-litre TDI diesel engine, and a 335-horsepower 3.0-litre turbocharged 55 TFSI petrol engine bridges the price gap to the TFSIe plug-in powertrains. The SQ7 also comes with a 4.0-litre 429-horsepower tri-turbo V8 diesel engine for individuals who need to move a more significant number of passengers faster.
The Q7’s strong characteristics are its smooth, private, and sumptuous ride and drive and its spacious and well-appointed cabin. The Q7’s filtering controls can magnify the car’s enormous size, but buyers who aren’t put off by the Q7’s size or price will find a lot to like.
Land Rover Discovery
When the Discovery arrived, Land Rover made a great deal out of the fact that the five seats in the back are powered and can be lifted and lowered electrically (and remotely by the app).
The concept is that you may configure the vehicle for the number of passengers you anticipate having before they get in, saving them time and energy spent fiddling with straps, locks, backrests, and detachable tonneau covers. However, this feature is not standard on lower-end vehicles, and it is ineffective if anything in the trunk needs to be relocated or removed before the seats can be transformed. However, suppose you get past the showroom trickery. In that case, this enormous, functionality-first Land Rover is still a good, full-sized seven-seater with a pleasant charm and luxury air, and we would recommend it to any large family with the means to buy it.
Naturally, this is a significant caveat, as it’s rare to walk out of a Land Rover dealership with a new SUV for less than £55,000 these days. The great news is that even the lowest model S trim includes seven seats, four of which feature Isofix anchorages.
On the other hand, those motorised, app-managed ‘intelligent’ folding seats are only available at the HSE level; even then, they are an additional cost option. In early 2021, Company made minor changes to Discovery’s suspension, interior, and exterior design.
There are currently four- and six-cylinder gasoline engines and two six-cylinder types of diesel, all with minor hybridisation. Land Rover has decided that consumers are unwilling to give up the second row of seats in exchange for a plug-in hybrid vehicle.
The 5008 seven-seater benefits Peugeot’s current lineup’s stunning style, giving it tremendous curb appeal. Not only is the largest Peugeot SUV visually stunning, but it is also functionally and aesthetically better. It shares mechanical components with the Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer MPV.
However, it is less roomy than the Stellaris. The third row of seats of the 5008 is intended for children, although You can shift the centre row forward to accommodate adults. They can be compressed into the trunk or removed if more space is needed.
One of the 5008’s outstanding features is its interior, which includes a computerised instrument cluster and a beautiful wrap-around dashboard with a large touchscreen for information and entertainment. The ride quality is highly comfortable, which makes for a relaxing drive, but it comes at the expense of more body roll in corners than competitors like the Skoda Kodiaq and the SEAT Tarraco. The engines are pretty efficient and perform admirably.
Many of the vehicles in this graph attest to the unspoken fact that full-size seven-seat SUVs are rarely less expensive than full-size MPVs.
The Kia Sorento, currently in its fourth generation, was once a fantastic exception to this rule. It was a great deal before, but now that it looks and feels more expensive, it isn’t. You can still get one for about £40,000, and you’ll have seven spacious seats whether you choose diesel, petrol hybrid, or plug-in hybrid. This streamlines the purchasing procedure, which is why we recommend it so strongly. Kia’s most recent makeover comprised a new model base, a more appealing look, and a large, nearly luxury interior.
The car’s spacious interior benefits from its rather large outward proportions (it’s more akin to a Land Rover Discovery than the Discovery Sport against which it’s priced), and passengers (who aren’t very tall) may even sit in the third row (although there are only Isofix child seat points in the second row).
The 2.2-liter diesel engine remains the greatest option for a private consumer who intends to utilise their car for a range of purposes. While the less expensive 1.6-liter petrol hybrid obtains respectable city fuel efficiency, it isn’t as frugal on highways and requires quite hard driving to maintain a respectably quick pace.
The more powerful plug-in hybrid may be easier to drive, but it will appeal to business travellers for other reasons. All models offer a quiet but rather brittle ride, average body control, and numb, unappealing steering, but these shortcomings should not deter prospective purchasers.
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