Buying a 7-seater car isn't just a case of finding the family MPV you like the most - these days there are a wide range of models available with seven seats, and you'll also need to keep fuel economy, boot space, styling and performance in mind as well.
The most common 7-seaters are compact MPVs, 4x4s and traditional large MPVs - but some saloon and estate cars actually have extra seats in the boot as well, although they are usually exremely compact. There are quite a few van-based 7-seaters too, although they tend to lose out to rivals that were specifically designed to carry passengers.
Usually the sixth and seventh seats come as an extra row in the boot area, and can be folded or stowed away to create some extra storage space should you need it. For some, the option of having a large boot will be really important, but for others it's all about how comfortable those extra seats are going to be - so choose wisely.
Some 7-seaters are spacious enough to fit adults in all of the seats, but others will have rear seats that are only suitable for small children. Compact MPVs like the Ford Grand C-MAX can technically seat seven people, but it won't be long before the passengers in the tiny extra seats start complaining.
A seven-seater 4x4 like the Land Rover Discovery can be perfect for those who need to tow a caravan or head for the hills when taking a family trip. Running costs are high, and 4x4s can be difficult for Grandma to get in and out of, but for a family holiday they are hard to beat.
Most of the cars on this list are available with a range of diesel engines - many don't even offer a petrol, as the torquey nature of diesels suits the heavy MPV or 4x4 better. Fuel economy is improved as well, with clever modern engines meaning that mpg figures stay high even with the whole family on board.
In smaller compact MPVs, however, it might be worth looking at the petrol model. If you're not planning on carrying a car full of passengers all the time, a petrol engine could be as economical as a diesel, and cheaper to buy as well.
So whatever you're looking for in your next seven-seater car, click on the links to the left to see our top picks to help you decide. Or, for an alternative review of the best seven-seaters on the market today, visit our sister site Carbuyer.co.uk.