For those with large families, a 7-seater car is often the only option available - but it doesn't mean you have to settle for a boring family bus. The latest MPV's and large SUV's may have three rows of seats, but they can also be stylish, great to drive and just as importantly be cheap to run.
We have compiled a list of the top 10 best 7-seater cars to buy right now and it just highlights the wide choice available within the sector. All these cars have 7 seats, from the superb Volvo XC90 luxury SUV to the versatile Ford Galaxy MPV, so browse through the list and see which one is the right option for you.
Some of today’s MPVs and SUVs also have the looks and performance to back-up their people-carrying ability. Now you can get that touch of class and speed that used to be the domain of higher-spec saloons.
It’s good to know what sort of 7-seater car you want though, as not all offer the same thing. A large family will undoubtedly require ease of use and extra space, and would be better off with a traditional MPV where the extra seats are better designed for constant use. If you favour the rugged looks of an SUV, however, you may be willing to trade some practicality to get them.
If you don’t always want to use those extra seats, then maybe boot space is important for you. Many of these cars have a foldable third row of seats that can be tucked away to boost luggage capacity when not in use. Be warned though, these can be cramped for adult-sized passengers.
Regardless of the 7-seater car that interests you, it is inevitably going to have to carry a lot of weight around. This means most MPVs and SUVs come with diesel engines that offer the torque and power delivery that make them perfectly suited to heavy duty roles.
So whether you want space, luxury, comfort, speed or a combination of all four, we have it all covered in our list below. Plus, don’t forget to click through for to our in-depth reviews on each one. There you’ll find the full details on each 7-seat car to help you decide whether it's the right choice for you.