Best and worst 7-seat SUVs and 4x4s 2017

Whether you're planning to carry seven people on a regular basis, or just need an occasional third row of seats, there’s an SUV to suit your needs

Words ByClaire Evans

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1. Audi Q7

Like the rival Volvo XC90, the Q7 has four-wheel drive as standard but is geared towards surefooted on-road use, rather than traversing muddy fields. It’s also an extremely practical car, thanks to a generously proportioned interior and huge boot. But what really sets the Q7 apart is its stunning interior, sensational refinement and pillowy ride.

Our pick: 3.0 TDI quattro SE

Read our full Audi Q7 review

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The seven-seat SUVs to avoid:

Mitsubishi Outlander

Mitsubishi’s Outlander PHEV has been a staggering success in the UK because its plug-in hybrid powertrain means it qualifies for low tax and the Government’s plug-in car grant. Unfortunately, if you want a seven-seat Outlander, you have to go for the 2.2-litre diesel model, which loses these advantages while keeping the PHEV's numb steering and unsettled ride.

Read our full Mitsubishi Outlander review

Ssangyong Rexton W

The Rexton W looks tempting on paper, because it undercuts everything of similar size by thousands of pounds. However, this is one instance where you get what you pay for. The interior feels cheap, the ride is bouncy and the handling defines ponderous.

Read our full Ssangyong Rexton W review

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