Best 7-seater cars to buy in 2014/2015

SEAT Alhambra front cornering
Credits: Pete Gibson
28 Nov, 2014 12:15pm

Here are the top 10 best 7-seater cars you can buy, from the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso to the Fiat 500L MPW

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.

Best 7-seaters 2014/2015

1. Citroen Grand C4 Picasso
2. SEAT Alhambra
3. Ford S-MAX
4. Ford Galaxy
5. Land Rover Discovery
6. Renault Grand Scenic
7. Ford Grand C-MAX
8. Kia Carens
9. Hyundai Santa Fe
10. Fiat 500L MPW

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What about the Mercedes E class estate? - an alternative to the tragic 4x4s and the (I've given up completely) MPVs....

Peugeot 5008?!

Vauxhall Zafira & New Zafira Tourer.

Cant believe neither Zafira nor Zafira Tourer made this list!

Actually, given AE's bias, actually I can.

No Toyota Verso ???

Chrysler Grand Voyager is best equipped and most flexible 7 seater in the UK. Yet no mention ever comes of it?

Of course you can. Look what they got on the top of the list. And I am a seat owner. Yak! As if MPV owners can't have taste or only buy with a measure in hand. Real world buyers will get the s-max any day.

Volvo XC90? Even Jezza approves.

New SsangYong Turismo coming soon - replacement to the much-maligned Rodius. If you can get over the prejudice, it beats the pants off all the usual suspects, on price and equipment. I may well buy one.

It's gotta be the Ford Galaxy Titanium or the Toyota Prius Plus!!

Has to be the Ford Galaxy Titanium or the Toyota Prius Plus!

Because it's not very good to drive, neither very economical.

The Zafiras are German cars. FAIL.

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