If you’re looking for great reliability and practicality in a car, then 7-seater cars are among the very best. This is especially the case for families who will always have a car full of kids and luggage.
It’s unsurprising then, that the cars capable of holding 7 people are typically MPVs and large SUVs. These are vehicles renowned for their family friendliness because of their space, safety and comfort.
Therefore, here are some of the very best 7-seater SUVs and MPVs currently on the market going into 2017.
The second-generation Audi Q7 is lighter, more practical, more economical and better to drive than ever before.
As a 7-seater, the Q7 is a large SUV that can comfortably occupy 7 adult passengers and still leave an impressive 770 litres of luggage space in the boot.
And as you would expect from an Audi, it’s also one of the most luxurious in the large SUV class. Four-zone climate control, heated seats and the highest quality materials and interior craftsmanship all ensure a comfortable ride for all passengers.
For much needed peace of mind, the Q7’s robust aluminium frame and an abundance of the most effective safety technology will provide exceptional protection for all passengers in the event of a collision.
The all-new Land Rover Discovery is finally here after receiving its debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, and the fifth-generation model builds on an already unrivalled reputation for its off-road capabilities and practical nature.
For the really adventurous families out there, this is the perfect 7-seater. In fact, in the UK the new Discovery 5 will be sold as a 7-seater only but with optimal seating configuration and storage space.
However, when rear seats aren’t required, owners can electronically switch between passenger and load space with total ease.
And while interior space has been increased for the fifth-generation model, it is still 20% lighter than the previous version with improved economy and a more refined driving performance on the most challenging terrain.
With plenty of room for 7 occupants in the standard two-three-two layout, you can increase the capacity to fit 8 if required. Furthermore, all passenger seats can be removed, allowing you to turn the V-Class into a fully functioning van with outstanding load space.
And because of its van-like shape and character, the V-Class comes with electric sliding doors on both sides for easy access, front and rear parking sensors, and four cameras for excellent visibility around the whole vehicle.
Another debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, the ŠKODA Kodiaq is set to take the large SUV market by storm in 2017.
Customers will have the option to buy the Kodiaq as a 5 or 7-seater thanks to its larger-than-average interior and class-leading luggage space.
Owners will also benefit from state-of-the-art assistance systems such as Adaptive Cruise Control to add to the comfortable driving experience for the driver and passengers. Additionally, a touchscreen infotainment system will be fitted as standard with extensive smartphone integration and even Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities.
Ultimately, if you’re looking for a quality 7-seater that offers strength, versatility and innovation, the ŠKODA Kodiaq takes some beating.
It’s a 7-seater MPV that succeeds brilliantly in ensuring the comfort for all occupants. When you haven’t got a full car of people, the second and third row of seats fold totally flat to create huge amounts of extra space.
As one of the safest cars around, the Toyota Verso boasts a five-star NCAP safety rating. Included among the terrific safety features, three-point seatbelts with Emergency Locking Retractors will reduce the force of collisions. Additionally the impact of a crash is distributed across the vehicle thanks to the Verso’s side impact beams and energy-absorbing crumple zones.
The Toyota Verso’s excellent reputation for its overall reliability makes it a great family car that will stand the test of time.
Another MPV with huge family appeal is the Volkswagen Sharan. Both the Touran and the Sharan make great 7-seater MPVs but the Sharan is the larger of the two and therefore provides slightly more space for 7 people.
Headroom and legroom is outstanding whilst a huge total of 33 storage compartments are positioned throughout the Sharan’s cabin. Among these compartments you’ll discover a wide range of handy features such as cup holders and integrated pockets within the armrests and roof console.
Sliding doors also provide excellent accessibility and contributes to why the Sharan is also a great Motability car.
The cabin oozes comfort, making long family road trips in the XC90 an absolute dream. As you’d expect from a Volvo, the XC90 can comfortably handle tough roads and conditions whilst impeccably protecting all passengers. The Safe Positioning feature, for example, is an innovative piece of safety tech that automatically tightens the seatbelts of every passenger if it detects imminent danger.
Additionally, if you’re on the lookout for a truly economical 7-seater, you might decide to opt for the Volvo XC90 Plug-in-hybrid. The hybrid version is incredibly fuel efficient and will be completely exempt from road tax thanks to CO2 emissions of well below 100g/km.