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Best used 7-seaters
Whether you're planning to carry seven people on a regular basis or just need an occasional third row of seats, there’s plenty of choice on the used car market. Here are our top 10 favourite buys...
These days, if you need a car with seven seats, you have plenty of choices; there are practical MPVs that will easily accommodate that number of passengers, and a plethora of more rugged-looking SUVs that will do the job as well.
Before deciding which model is best for you, though, it's important to consider whether you'll need a large boot on occasions when all seven seats are in use, whether you'd prefer the raised driving position of an SUV and whether you want something that's not only practical but also good fun to drive.
There's an awful lot to factor in, so here we count down our top 10 used seven-seaters. We think there's something here to cater for all tastes.
The Seat Alhambra is surprisingly good to drive and comes with sliding rear doors – a boon in tight parking spaces. Also, when open, those doors leave a wide aperture that helps when strapping small children into the middle row. It’s a large car, with plenty of room for seven, and it comes with a range of punchy engines that are more than up to the job of hauling it around. It rides and handles well, too, and it's refined and efficient.
- Superb space and practicality
- Strong engines
- Well equipped
- Unrefined diesels
- Firm ride
It’s no secret that we’ve always been big fans of the lively Ford S-Max. It looks great, for a start, and underneath that sporty-looking surface you'll find a people carrier that’s enormously enjoyable to drive. And while you can’t fit quite as much into it as its sister car, the larger Ford Galaxy, there’s still more than enough room for seven people. As with the Galaxy, ex-taxis are to be avoided.
- Tidy handling
- Comfortable ride
- Standard Zetec trim well equipped
- Third row seats best for children
- Interior quality could be better
- Petrol engine thirsty
Fancy an MPV with a little panache? The Citroën Grand C4 Spacetourer is well-equipped, stylish and one of the most comfortable MPVs around. It's blessed with versatile seating for seven, and you get a huge boot when the third row is folded into the floor. The engine range is strong and fuel-efficient, plus it rides and handles well for a car of this size. Refinement is good, too, making long trips with the family just that bit more bearable.
- Huge interior
- Excellent visibility
- Well equipped
- Unsettled ride
- Touchscreen not as good as some
A consummate all-rounder like this seven-seat Kodiaq may not stand out from the crowd, especially when compared with the distinctive Peugeot 5008, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't put one on your driveway. It's a classy and highly capable car that's good to drive and comfortable to ride in. Buy one used and you can make big savings, which only adds to the appeal of this likeable and practical Skoda.
- Classy and spacious interior
- Smooth 2.0 diesel engine
- Good value for money
- Unsettled low-speed ride
- Kia Sorento is more practical
The Ford Galaxy is, quite simply, enormous. Inside, you'll find seating for seven adults and even a bit of space left over for your luggage. On top of all that, it's good to drive and comfortable, too. Powershift automatics can be troublesome and need frequent fluid changes, so check the history for evidence of this, and avoid ex-taxis, which will have huge mileages. On the whole, though, find a good one and this is one great all-rounder and a deeply impressive seven-seater.
- Practical interior
- Good to drive
- Plenty of neat options
- Automatic emergency braking isn't standard
- Infotainment system poor
Here's a luxury SUV that’s practical, comes with loads of safety technology and has an interior that looks and feels wonderfully opulent. It's comfortable, too, and spacious, with plenty of room for seven. It doesn’t matter all that much which version you go for, because all of the trim levels are very well equipped. And you can pick up an early 2015 or 2016 car for less than half the price of a new one.
- Classy interior
- Seven-seat versatility
- Well equipped
- Ride slightly unsettled
- Road and suspension noise
There isn’t much to dislike about the versatile seven-seat VW Touran. It's a spacious, refined and classy all-rounder, with an elegant and practical interior. For a start, the second row is made up of three individual seats, making it possible to carry three child seats side by side, and these chairs all slide and fold independently of one another. With the third row stowed away, the boot is huge, too.
- Spacious interior
- Versatile seating
- Satisfying to drive
- Rivals are cheaper
- Base model lacks kit
- Others beat it for economy
The Berlingo majors on interior space, and lots of it. Go for the XL version with seven seats, and nobody will feel short-changed when it comes to stretching out. It's been around in various forms over the years and they’ve all been square, spacious and fairly inexpensive to buy and run. This current version continues that legacy but feels more car-like, slightly more refined and, dare one say it, more upmarket too.
- Comfortable ride
- Flexible 1.2-litre petrol engine
- Hugely practical
- Fiddly infotainment
- Some useful storage solution weren't standard
- Mainstream MPV rivals are nicer to drive
The Q7 has won multiple What Car? awards for the very reason that it is an impeccable family car, an excellent long-distance tourer and an outstanding luxury vehicle. Few cars this side of £100,000 have a plusher and quieter interior. It's reliable, too. Plus, if you buy a car made before 2019 you’ll get a much easier to operate infotainment system than the one found in later models.
- Smooth and powerful engines
- Great ride on air suspension
- Wonderful build quality
- Not as sharp to drive as some rivals
- Plug-in hybrid loses seven-seat option
- Expensive to run
The seven-seat 5008 steals victory here over all the MPVs and even its premium-badged SUV rivals. Why? Well, for starters, it's stylish, practical and good to drive. Those rugged good looks cover an interior that's impressively flexible and will seat seven in comfort. Plus, there's a range of strong engines to choose from, it's well-equipped in all trims and it rides and handles surprisingly well. All in all, it's a great car and really good value too.
- Stylish and practical inside
- Decent ride and handling
- Flexible seating
- Not as well equipped as some rivals
- Head room limited by panoramic roof
- Slow-witted infotainment
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