Are you looking for a large family car than can seat up to 7 people? Here are our top 5 seven seater recommendations available to order now on the new 69 plate including some of the best SUV and MPV options:
Ford Galaxy - 7 Seater Spacious MPV
With demand for SUV’s on the rise, more people are looking to 7-seater SUVs over an MPV, but if space and size is a consideration then you’ll struggle to find a SUV matching the Ford Galaxy, in fact in terms of 7-seater MPVs its just about as big as you’ll get.
Whilst most 7-seater MPVs offer a tight squeeze in the third row ideally suited for smaller children; the Galaxy offers enough room for average sized adults. Fold the second and third row seats down and there’s that much room that you have a small van effectively, which can come in very handy indeed. Adjusting the seating is very user-friendly too, with the third-row seats controlled electrically with a button in the boot area and there’s also an optional power tailgate.
The diesels are the big sellers, with 150, 190 and 240 PS EcoBlue engines available. The Galaxy is a big MPV, so don’t expect it to compete with the class-leading Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer for economy figures. Even so the 150 EcoBlue offers a combined fuel economy of up to 55mpg with manual gearbox, which is respectable for a large MPV. CO2 emissions are 140g/km and if you opt for automatic transmision or 4WD expect economy figures to take a hit.
The diesel engines are smooth and refined, as are the Ecoboost petrol units. For the vast majority of people though the diesels will be the go-to option. Our pick is the 190PS EcoBlue diesel.
The model line-up is a straight-forward affair with Zetec and Titanium models, the top of the range Titanium X trim-level is replaced with the option of a Titanium Lux Pack that can be bolted on to the Titanium trim-level for added levels of equipment and comfort like heated front seats. The revised line-up along with improved levels of standard equipment are included in the latest updates to the Ford Galaxy and S-Max models.
Entry-level Zetec models are well-equipped and will become more appealing with the forthcoming updates and upgrades meaning additional standard equipment like pre-collision assist with autonomous emergency braking, cruise control, automatic windscreen wipers and Ford’s PassConnect for internet connectivity. The PassConnect smartphone companion app enables you to start the vehicles engine, warm up the interior, de-mist and defrost the windscreen all from the comfort of your home in advance of your trip.
Titanium models add some extra equipment and driver aids like a lane keeping assistant, auto high beam, driver alert and traffic sign recognition.
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Nissan X-Trail - Practical SUV With 7 Seats
If you need a 7-seater vehicle but don’t want to go down the MPV route, then the Nissan X-Trail could be for you.
The Nissan X-Trail has evolved from a boxy looking, rugged 4x4 to a more refined and sophisticated SUV-inspired car that shares many similarities with its smaller sibling the Nissan Qashqai, Britain’s best-selling Crossover vehicle.
Inside the X-trail there’s plenty of room up front, second row seats are more than adequate and like most 7-seater vehicles the room starts to get a bit tighter in the third-row seats which are best suited for children.
Engines are a 1.6 or 2.0 litre diesel and a 1.6 petrol with manual or automatic transmission and 4WD options available. The 1.6 dCi diesel will be the pick for most people, if you’re towing you may want to look at the 2.0 litre diesel which can tow an additional 150KG and packs a lot more torque.
Nissan is at the forefront of driver tech and the autonomous driving revolution, so you’ll find plenty of tech in a Nissan X-Trail, especially on higher grade models.
If the hi-tech driver aids are your thing, our advice is to skip the entry-level Visia model and start your research with the Acenta model. It includes front and rear parking sensors, intelligent emergency braking with pedestrian detection, a lane departure warning system and traffic sign recognition.
The Acenta Premium adds some more tech including a 360 camera and integrated sat nav.
The top of the range Tekna model takes you even closer to the full autonomous driving experience with the addition of intelligent driver alertness, intelligent park assist, blind spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert.
The Nissan X-Trail blends practicality and comfort with hi-tech gadgets. If you need a 7-seater vehicle and a traditional MPV doesn’t appeal to you, then the X-Trail should be on your shortlist.
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Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer - Extremely Spacious 7-Seater MPV
Formerly named the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso the Grand C4 SpaceTourer is the bigger brother to the 5-seater C4 SpaceTourer.
The Grand C4 SpaceTourer is one of the most popular large MPVs on UK roads featuring distinctive, smart looks and a plethora of practical features.
Boot space in 7-seater MPVs is traditionally small with all 7 seats up, and the SpaceTourer is no different albeit it is more generous than rival 7-seater MPVs. However, fold the back two seats down and you are left with a huge boot, fold the second-row seats down and you effectively have a van in terms of space, making the Grand Spacetourer a great working vehicle as well as excellent fit for large families.
Inside is spacious with the third-row seats more suited to children, the Ford Galaxy may be worth looking at if you want something a tad bigger.
Engine choices are a 1.5 or 2.0 litre diesel and a 1.2 petrol turbo. Our pick is the 1.5 diesel which is surprisingly good and more than up to the job of transporting a full load of 7 people. For most people the extra cost of a 2.0 diesel model won’t make sense.
The 1.5 diesel Grand C4 SpaceTourer models also stack up very well against competing MPVs like the Ford S-Max and Volkswagen Touran/ It offers extremely attractive running costs with a combined fuel economy of up to 58mpg and CO2 emission as low as 106g/km.
The 1.2 petrol is also a good choice if your annual mileage is low and you do short around town runs, but for most the 1.5 diesel will make a lot more sense financially.
All models are well-equipped, the entry-level 'Feel' model comes with the 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with sat nav, smart phone screen mirroring, dual zone climate control and rear parking sensors.
The Touch Edition adds a few extras including a tinted rear window, body coloured wing mirrors and an impressive central LCD display whilst the top-grade Flair model adds additional equipment and driver tech like blind spot monitoring, park assist and front parking sensors.
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Ford S-Max - Compact 7 Seater MPV
The Ford S-Max is one of the more compact 7-seater MPV’s and while it may not match up to the 1.5 diesel Grand SpaceTourer models for running costs and is not as spacious as other MPVs like its big brother, the Ford Galaxy its strengths are in other areas….
The S-Max for a start gives you a more dynamic and fun ride and its much more akin to driving a conventional family hatchback than a bulky 7-seater MPV. Its comfortable too and long motorway journeys are a pleasure. Interior styling is more dynamic than rival MPVs with features like sports seats combined with plenty of soft touch materials giving an upmarket feel.
Although the price-tag of a S-Max is not the cheapest amongst rival MPV’s, the S-Max offers nice little touches, excellent interior quality and good levels of equipment even on entry-level models that mean it may stacks up better like-for-like to rival vehicles than you may think at first glance.
Trim-levels are the entry-level Zetec, the Titanium which is a popular option, the ST-Line with sports styling and the plush top of the range Vignale.
The entry-level Zetec matches up well to some higher-grades rival models.
Exterior features include 17-inch alloy wheels, power folding and heated door mirrors and daytime running lights. Inside for comfort there’s dual zone automatic temperature control, front and rear power electric windows. Tech includes an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with voice control, Ford’s SYNC 3 system, Bluetooth and DAB radio, Driver aids include front and rear parking sensors and quickclear heated windscreen.
Thee S-max Titanium is our pick and the popular option it adds to the entry-level Zetec trim with keyless entry, rear privacy glass, automatic headlights/windscreen wipers, sat nav and a 10 inch TFT digital instrument display. There’s also additional driver and safety aids including a lane keeping assistant, traffic sign recognition and cruise control with speed limiter.
The ST-Line model offers a more dynamic ride with sports suspension and there’s also unique ST-line sports styling both inside and out. Exterior styling includes a body kit and rear spoiler, whilst inside there’s red detail stitching, ST-Line floor mats/badging and aluminium sports pedals. For additional comfort the ST-line model also offers heated front seats with variable settings.
The Vignale offers some extra luxuries and equipment including premium leather interior a rear-view camera and some classy exterior styling tweaks including chrome detailing.
The S-Max aims to offer something slightly different in the MPV sector and certainly does that, the ST-Line model with sports suspension is an absolute pleasure to drive but for most the Titanium trim-level will hit the sweet spot and offer the best combination of features and cost. There's also the option of 4WD for more demading driving conditions
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Peugeot 5008 - SUV With 7 Seats & Classy Interior
The Peugeot 5008 was once a conventional MPV but Peugeot has wisely made the decision to morph the 5008 into a handsome looking 7-seater SUV that is closely related to the Peugeot 3008 model, albeit longer with two additional seats squeezed in at the back for good measure.
As with most 7-seater SUVs expected limited space in the third row though, ideally, they are best used for children and you certainly wouldn’t want to be an adult on a long journey in the back row. If the lack of third row space is an issue then you need to look at one of the larger MPV options like the Ford Galaxy.
The Peugeot 5008 competes with other ‘affordable’ 7-seater SUVs like the Skoda Kodiaq and Nissan X-Trail but arguably offers a tad more of a premium feel.
The 5008 engine line-up is borrowed from its smaller sibling the 3008. Petrol options are a 1.2 Puretech turbo (130PS) and a 1.6 PureTech 180 turbo The 1.2 is something of a surprise and is much smoother and performs much better than you’d think given the size and bulk of the 5008 and it is a great ‘around town’ option if your yearly mileage is on the low side and a lot of your travel doesn't involve a full load.
The 1.5 Blue HDi diesel (130PS) will make the most sense for many people and it offers great running costs with CO2 emissions of 106 g/km and a combined fuel economy of up to 67mpg. There is a 2.0 litre (180PS) diesel which packs more of a punch but its only available on top grade GT and GT Line models and with automatic transmission.
One other thing to bear in mind is that there is no 4WD option, so if 4WD is a deal breaker take the 5008 off your shortlist.
Inside the Peugeot 5008 is where it excels, its one of the best in class. Materials have a premium feel to them and the ‘wrap around’ dash is impressive, at the night time the ambient lighting really gives the cabin a high-end look and feel.
The entry-level Active model is pretty well equipped with Peugeot’s i-Cockpit digital dashboard, an impressive 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, DAB radio and Bluetooth. There’s also rear parking sensors and automatic dual zone climate control.
Our pick is the 5008 Allure model which adds to the Active model with integrated 3D Navigation, voice recognition, front and rear parking sensors, a reversing camera and additional safety tech like Active Blind Spot Detection, Lane Keeping Assistance, Driver Attention Alert and Smartbeam Assistant.
Move up to the top spec GT and GT line models and you get options like the 360° colour camera system with automated parking assistance, leather interior, heated front seats and electrically operated driver’s seat with memory function.
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