Best and worst 7-seater cars 2017

Whether you're looking for a part-time seven-seater or a car to carry seven people on a regular basis, check out which ones to go for – and which to avoid

Words BySteve Huntingford

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1. Audi Q7

The Audi Q7 is a large SUV that goes head-to-head with adversaries such as the BMW X5 and Volvo XC90. And like those rivals, it has four-wheel drive to give it some off-road ability, but is geared to sure-footed 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.

Pick of the Audi Q7 range: 3.0 TDI Quattro SE

What Car? rating: Rated 5 out of 5

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The seven-seaters to avoid

Ssangyong Turismo

The Ssangyong Turismo 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. Many used alternatives offer superior safety provisions; Ssangyong doesn't even fit curtain airbags. What's more, the interior feels cheap, the ride is bouncy and the handling feels ponderous.

What Car? rating: Rated 2 out of 5

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Mitsubishi Outlander

Mitsubishi’s Outlander PHEV has been a staggering success in the UK, because its plug-in hybrid drivetrain means it qualifies for low tax and the government’s Β£4500 subsidy to buyers of electric cars. 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.

What Car? rating: Rated 2 out of 5

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