Best and worst seven-seat SUVs and 4x4s 2019

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...

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Claire Evans
22 December 2018

Volvo XC90, Audi Q7, Skoda Kodiaq, Nissan X-Trail
Volvo XC90, Audi Q7, Skoda Kodiaq, Nissan X-Trail

Gone are the days when anyone in the market for a seven-seater had to choose a boxy MPV. Now there are plenty of 4x4s and SUVs that give you the same sort of practicality but a lot more style. And they often have the added bonus of being able to tow a caravan or boat, or traverse a muddy field.

True, these are big cars, so you need to choose the right engine to avoid frightening fuel bills. But third-row passengers won’t feel second class, and there’s certainly no need to put up with an uncomfortable ride, clattery engine or spartan interior.

Here, we count down 10 of the best.


10. Nissan X-Trail

Nissan X-Trail

If you want a spacious and practical SUV and care more about a low price than an engaging driving experience, the Nissan X-Trail is worth a look. Even our favourite seven-seat version, the 1.6 dCi N-Connecta, is priced well below £30,000 if you buy through What Car? New Car Buying. Just bear in mind that it suffers from sloppy body control and poor over-the-shoulder visibility.

Our pick: 1.6 dCi N-Connecta

Read our full Nissan X-Trail review or find a great deal here 


9. BMW X5

BMW X5

The original X5 was one of the first road-focused 4x4s, and this latest model sticks to that formula, meaning it handles much better than many rivals. The interior is classy and features just about the best infotainment system around. Go for our recommended xDrive30d model and you'll enjoy a punchy engine that's still very economical.

Our pick: xDrive30d xLine

Read our full BMW X5 review or find a great deal here


8. Range Rover Sport

2018 Range Rover Sport cornering

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

Read our full Range Rover Sport review or find a great deal here

Next: more of our favourite seven-seat SUVs >

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