7. Kia Sorento
The Sorento is closely related to Hyundai's Santa Fe, but it's a more practical option because its third row is spacious enough for adults, not just children. It also has a punchy engine, heavy towing capacity and comfortable ride, although the very best rivals are more refined.
Our pick: 2.2 CRDi KX-2 Auto
The latest Sport is based on the regular Range Rover, so it’s no surprise that it’s a fantastic car for covering long distances, with smooth engines and a cosseting ride. The luxurious and generously equipped interior looks and feels classy and, crucially, unlike its bigger brother, it can be specified with seven seats.
Our pick: 3.0 SDV6 HSE 7st
5. Volvo XC90
The XC90 has always been a very practical family car, with a versatile interior and huge boot. However, the latest version is also enjoyable to drive and very classy inside. Only average refinement and a slightly unsettled ride stop it from finishing even higher on this list.
Our pick: 2.0 D5 Momentum
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