You might not realise quite how many types of 7-seater cars there are available - it's not just ugly MPVs or people carriers that can carry seven people.
Most 7-seaters are MPVs, but there are some large 4x4s and van-based 7-seaters that will do the job just as well. You're kidding yourself if you think you can get a 7-seater with sports car styling, but the latest crop of MPVs and SUVs don't look half bad - so it's worth considering your full range of options.
That's where this list comes in: we've put together a round-up of the top 10 best 7-seater cars available to buy in the UK, to help you make a buying decision.
You'll need to know what you're after to make the right decision for yourself, though. Some will be seeking a 7-seater because they need seven seats on a daily basis - for buyers like that, a large MPV or SUV is often the best bet as the sixth and seventh seats are more accomodating. Go for something like the Land Rover Discovery and even adults will be able to sit in the extra seats.
Those who only need the extra seats occasionally but also need a large boot when only five seats are needed, will want to look for a model with an easily foldable third row of seats. These can be cramped for adult-size passengers but store away beneath the boot floor when not in use. A good example would be a compact MPV like the Ford Grand C-MAX - it can seat seven, but the back row of seats is only really suitable for small children.
The nature of these 7-seat cars is that they wil be carrying a lot of weight around, so many are not even available with petrol engines. The torquey power delivery of diesels suits them much better and allows higher fuel economy even with a lot of people on board.
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.
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. Land Rover Discovery Sport