Best 7-seater cars to buy in 2016

Citroen Grand C4 Picasso - front tracking
12 Apr, 2016 3:00pm Sam Naylor

Here's our pick of the best 7-seater cars on sale for a big family, including MPVs and SUVs

For most families, a standard hatchback offers plenty of space for mum, dad and two kids. But if you’ve got a larger family, or the kids want to bring their friends along, a seven-seater car is often the only option. Not to worry, though – gone are the days when seven seats meant you had to settle for a boring family bus. The latest MPV’s and SUV’s may have three rows of seats, but they can also be stylish, good to drive, and cheap to run.

We’ve compiled a list of the top 10 best 7-seater cars available right now and it highlights the wide choice available within the sector. There’s your classic MPV in the form of the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso, but there are also SUVs, converted vans and even an electric luxury tourer. What’s most important though is that they all provide seating for seven.

Every time we update this list, the cars on offer become more impressive, with undiminished people-carrying ability but improved driving dynamics, speed, and class – the sort of things you once had to give up as the family expanded out of normal saloon cars.

It’s important that you know what kind of motoring you’ll be doing before you buy your 7-seater, as all the cars here have their strengths in different areas. Larger families will be best off with a traditional MPV where the two rear seats are better designed for constant use by adult-sized occupants.

Volvo XC90 long term - back seats

Those who prioritise style should take a look at an SUV, and people who only need the extra seats occasionally might be interested in a smaller vehicle with a fold-away third row to boost boot space. Just remember, most of the time seats six and seven will be cramped for adult-sized passengers, so try before you buy.

Regardless of which seven-seater interests you, it’s probably going to be pressed into service carrying a lot of weight around. That’s why most MPV’s and seven-seat SUVs come with a diesel engine rather than a petrol one, because they offer the torque and power delivery to make them better suited to heavy duty roles.

So, whether you’re after a rugged family bus or a spacious and comfortable luxury tourer, there’s something out there to suit you.

Check out our list of the best 7-seaters on sale now, and click through to our in-depth reviews of each 7-seat car to help you decide whether it’s the right choice for you…

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For an alternative review of the best seven-seaters on the market today, visit our sister site Carbuyer.co.uk.