If you’re looking for great reliability and practicality in a car, then 7-seater cars are among the very best. This is especially the case for families who will always have a car full of kids and luggage.
It’s unsurprising then, that the cars capable of holding 7 people are typically MPVs and large SUVs. These are vehicles renowned for their family friendliness because of their space, safety and comfort.
Therefore, here are some of the very best 7-seater SUVs and MPVs currently on the market in 2023.
LAND ROVER DISCOVERY
The Land Rover Discovery is finally here after receiving its debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, and the fifth-generation model builds on an already unrivalled reputation for its off-road capabilities and practical nature.
For the really adventurous families out there, this is the perfect 7-seater. In fact, in the UK the new Discovery 5 will be sold as a 7-seater only but with optimal seating configuration and storage space.
However, when rear seats aren’t required, owners can electronically switch between passenger and load space with total ease.
And while interior space has been increased for the fifth-generation model, it is still 20% lighter than the previous version with improved economy and a more refined driving performance on the most challenging terrain.
The BMW X7 certainly isn’t shy. Charismatic design features make it stand out, from the new one-piece kidney grille to the expressive lines that flow elegantly to the eye-catching 3D L-shaped LED taillights and 21” light alloy wheels.
The BMW X7 is the biggest and most luxurious SUV BMW has ever made, a strong new contender against the highest-specification Range Rovers and the Mercedes GLS. Although an SUV, it draws heavily on the reputation of the 7 Series saloon as the luxury and technology flagship of its range.
It’s common knowledge within the industry that key elements of the BMW X7 platform are shared with the new Rolls-Royce Cullinan, and that confers serious credibility on BMW’s new top-of-the-range SUV. The X7 will have the power, technology and traction to venture both on- and off-road in all kinds of weather while cocooning its occupants in refined luxury. An impressive new contender for the upper echelons of the luxury SUV market.
MERCEDES BENZ V-CLASS MPV
With plenty of room for 7 occupants in the standard two-three-two layout, you can increase the capacity to fit 8 if required. Furthermore, all passenger seats can be removed, allowing you to turn the V-Class into a fully functioning van with outstanding load space.
And because of its van-like shape and character, the V-Class comes with electric sliding doors on both sides for easy access, front and rear parking sensors, and four cameras for excellent visibility around the whole vehicle.
TOYOTA VERSO MPV
It’s a 7-seater MPV that succeeds brilliantly in ensuring the comfort for all occupants. When you haven’t got a full car of people, the second and third row of seats fold totally flat to create huge amounts of extra space.
As one of the safest cars around, the Toyota Verso boasts a five-star NCAP safety rating. Included among the terrific safety features, three-point seatbelts with Emergency Locking Retractors will reduce the force of collisions. Additionally, the impact of a crash is distributed across the vehicle thanks to the Verso’s side impact beams and energy-absorbing crumple zones.
The Toyota Verso’s excellent reputation for its overall reliability makes it a great family car that will stand the test of time.
VOLKSWAGEN SHARAN MPV
Another MPV with huge family appeal is the Volkswagen Sharan. Both the Touran and the Sharan make great 7-seater MPVs but the Sharan is the larger of the two and therefore provides slightly more space for 7 people.
Headroom and legroom is outstanding whilst a huge total of 33 storage compartments are positioned throughout the Sharan’s cabin. Among these compartments you’ll discover a wide range of handy features such as cup holders and integrated pockets within the armrests and roof console.
Sliding doors also provide excellent accessibility and contributes to why the Sharan is also a great Motability car.
VOLVO XC90 SUV
As well as making our list of the best SUVs for a big road trip, the award-winning Volvo XC90 is another large SUV that works brilliantly as a 7-seater.
The cabin oozes comfort, making long family road trips in the second-generation XC90 an absolute dream. As you’d expect from a Volvo, the 2017 XC90 can comfortably handle tough roads and conditions whilst impeccably protecting all passengers. The Safe Positioning feature, for example, is an innovative piece of safety tech that automatically tightens the seatbelts of every passenger if it detects imminent danger.
Additionally, if you’re on the lookout for a truly economical 7-seater, you might decide to opt for the Volvo XC90 Plug-in-hybrid. The hybrid version is incredibly fuel efficient and will be completely exempt from road tax thanks to CO2 emissions of well below 100g/km.
A versatile and luxury SUV for the whole family. Smart, spacious and highly capable, the Q7 is a luxury SUV with alot of admirers. Characterised by its variable spaciousness, the Q7 seats up to seven passengers, or if you're looking for extra storage space for your family trips away the luggage capacity of the Q7 is between 865 & 2,050 litres, you can fold down the second and third row of seats at the touch of a button.
The Audi Q7 is available with a variety of trim levels including Sport, S line, Black Edition & Vorsprung. Each trim level is designed to fit with your own preferred styling, driving experience and technology requirements.
No matter how many seats, we have a car for you.
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