Best used 7-seater cars 2019 (and the ones to avoid)

Whether it's an SUV or an MPV you're after, our pick of the best used seven-seaters on the market today will help you sort the wheat from the chaff...

Best used 7-seater cars 2018 (and the ones to avoid)

Best used 7 seater cars

So you want to buy a used seven-seater. Or, to be more precise, as people tend to buy such things more through necessity than desire, you need to buy one.

Well, the good news is that buyers have rarely had a better selection of second-hand seven seaters to choose from – and with a variety of SUVs now coming with room for seven, providing a trendier alternative to more traditional MPVs for those who can live with slightly less space in the rearmost seats, there’s plenty of variety in the market too.

Problem is, plenty of variety also means the potential for plenty of confusion too. As ever, though, here at What Car?, we’ve set ourselves the task of helping you to work out what’s what. So without further ado, here’s our pick of the 10 best seven-seaters over three years old.

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10. Hyundai Santa Fe

Hyundai Santa Fe rear

Early versions of the current Hyundai Santa Fe are now making very tempting used buys. They don’t come cheap, mind you; prices are on a par with some more prestigious cars.

We found: 2014 2.2 CRDi Premium SE 4WD 7st, 48,000 miles, £13,999

10. Hyundai Santa Fe

Hyundai Santa Fe dashboard

But you do get plenty of equipment, a comfortable ride and a versatile interior. And of course, if you buy one new enough, you get the rump of the five-year warranty Hyundai attaches to all its new cars.

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9. Peugeot 5008

Peugeot 5008 front

Quiet, comfortable, and endowed with a stylish interior, there’s lots to love about Peugeot’s 5008. There’s plenty enough room for seven, with a versatile and practical seating layout, and a solid range of engines.

We found: 2013 1.6 HDI 115 Active, 49,000 miles, £7,495

9. Peugeot 5008

Peugeot 5008 dashboard

It’s also great value, with used prices now looking very reasonable indeed. The only downside is that some of the switches are awkwardly placed and feel a little flimsy to the touch.

Read the used Peugeot 5008 review

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8. Land Rover Discovery

Land Rover Discovery front

Why wouldn’t you be tempted by the Land Rover Discovery? It’s probably got the best image of any SUV; one which suggests you’ll be able to climb any mountain and ford any stream. In a Discovery you probably will, but more relevant is the fact that it offers a comfortable ride, space for seven adults, plenty of equipment and a lusty range of engines.

We found: 2013 SDV6 GS, 65,000 miles, £26,844

8. Land Rover Discovery

Land Rover Discovery dashboard

Reliability is a concern and prices are pretty high, but that isn’t enough to put off the plethora of buyers that choose a Discovery.

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7. Kia Sorento

Kia Sorento front

The Kia Sorento isn’t the most sophisticated SUV around, with its slightly drab styling and a driving experience that’s nothing to write home about. But what it does offer is seven seats as standard on almost every model and great value.

We found: 2014 KX-2 Sat Nav Auto, 80,000 miles, full service history, £12,250

7. Kia Sorento

Kia Sorento dashboard

There are plenty of toys on most models, too, and newer examples will benefit from Kia's seven-year, 100,000-mile warranty.

Read the used Kia Sorento review

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6. Ford S-Max

Ford S-Max side

Few MPVs prioritise their driving experiences, but the Ford S-Max is the exception to the rule. It’s great fun to drive – and yet it still offers space for seven and a comfortable ride.

We found: 2014 2.0 TDCi 140 Titanium, 68,000 miles, £8995

6. Ford S-Max

Ford S-Max dashboard

The downside is that there isn’t quite as much space in the rearmost seats as in some seven-seaters, and you do get an interior that feels a little cheap in places. But if you need an MPV, yet still want something fun to drive, it fits the bill perfectly.

Read the used Ford S-Max review

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5. Vauxhall Zafira Tourer

Vauxhall Zafira Tourer side

The Vauxhall Zafira Tourer is one of the most popular MPVs around, and big discounts when it was new means it’s fantastically cheap to buy used. So while it isn’t the most spacious seven-seater going, its price makes it a great value buy for those on a budget who don’t need a full-size MPV.

We found: 2014 2.0 CDTi SE, 64,000 miles, £6850

5. Vauxhall Zafira Tourer

Vauxhall Zafira Tourer dashboard

The Zafira’s a cracking car in its own right, too, with a brilliantly versatile interior and a classy dashboard. At this price, that makes it something of a steal.

Read the used Vauxhall Zafira Tourer review

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4. Volvo XC90

Volvo XC90 front

Among family SUVs, the Volvo XC90 is king. That’s partly because it’s one of the safest around, but also because it came as standard with seven seats, setting a trend which other SUVs are only just starting to follow.

We found: 2014 D5 SE Lux, 80,000 miles, £15,495

4. Volvo XC90

Volvo XC90 dashboard

Granted, to drive it it’s about as exciting as an old shoe, but you do get a comfortable ride, fabulous seats and an easy-to-use interior. It’s even pretty good value as a used buy, coming in far cheaper than the equivalent Land Rover Discovery.

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3. Seat Alhambra

Seat Alhambra rear

The Seat Alhambra is another one of those MPVs that will never win any fans for its looks. But that boxy profile means there’s a world of space within; room enough for seven adults, for example, something not many other cars here can genuinely offer.

We found: 2014 2.0 TDI CR Ecomotive SE, 75,000 miles, £10,950

3. Seat Alhambra

Seat Alhambra dashboard

It also feels superbly built, it’s well equipped, and in S or SE form it feels comfortable too, though the stiffer suspension fitted to pricier models is to be avoided if possible. Mind you, even the S and SE aren’t cheap; most MPVs can be had for less cash.

Read the used Seat Alhambra review

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2. Citroën Grand C4 Picasso

Citroën Grand C4 Picasso front

Behind the quirky looks of the Citroën Grand C4 Picasso lies a car which prioritises its passengers, which is what makes it such a great MPV. Practicality, space, versatility and comfort are all strong points; the Grand C4 Picasso is also airy and pleasant to ride along in, with an attractive dashboard and great visibility.

We found: 2014 1.6 HDI 115 Airdream VTR+, 73,000 miles, £6995

2. Citroën Grand C4 Picasso

Citroën Grand C4 Picasso dashboard

It isn’t particularly exciting to drive, mind you, but if you want a seven-seater that’s truly great for its passengers, it should be on your list.

Read the used Citroën Grand C4 Picasso review

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1. Volkswagen Touran

Volkswagen Touran front

The Volkswagen might not be the most exciting thing in the world to look at, but under the skin it's a truly superb seven-seater. That boxy silhouette means it offers plenty of space even to passengers in its rear-most row of seats.

We found: 2015 1.6 TDI SE, 9,000 miles, £13,995

1. Volkswagen Touran

Volkswagen Touran dashboard

But it's not just practicality that the Touran has on its side; it's quiet, comfortable and has a truly upmarket interior, meaning it feels far less like a utilitarian MPV and more like a luxury car. It is, in short, a top seven-seater choice.

Read the used Volkswagen Touran review

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And the seven-seaters to avoid…

Ssangyong Turismo rear

Ssangyong Turismo

Ugly, ungainly to drive, expensive to run and poorly packaged, the Ssangyong Turismo is an MPV that’s impossible to recommend

Hyundai i800

Hyundai i800 front

Yes, you get an extra seat with the Hyundai i800, but poor safety equipment and a van-like driving experience make it one to avoid


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