Best 7-seater cars to buy in 2014

SEAT Alhambra front cornering
Credits: Pete Gibson
15 Jul, 2014 2:00pm

Here are the top 10 best 7-seater cars you can buy today, from the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso to the Hyundai Santa Fe

Choosing which 7-seater car to buy isn't always easy: going for the model with the most space isn't necessarily the best choice for you, with other factors like the price, the performance, the fuel economy and the interior quality all coming into play.

The types of car you'll be looking for in the 7-seater category are compact MPVs, 4x4s and traditional large MPVs. The sixth and seventh seats often take the form of a third row in the boot, with the option to fold the chairs down into the boot floor to improve space when needed.

So for some the need for a large boot will be paramount, while for others the seats will stay permanently up - make sure to check the seats are suitable for your needs before you think about buying.

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. While compact MPVs like the Ford Grand C-MAX do have the option of seven seats, you ought to think of the car as an an occasional seven-seater, rather than a family bus.

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

Best 7-seaters 2014

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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