Before deciding which model is best for you, it's important to consider whether you'll need a large boot on occasions when all seven seats are in use; whether you'd prefer the raised driving position of an SUV or something more saloon-like; and whether you want something that's not only practical but also fun to drive.
There's an awful lot to factor in, so here we count down the top 10 seven-seaters – and reveal the ones that are best avoided.
The best seven-seaters
You probably weren't expecting to see the Range Rover Sport on this list. However, you can spec it with a third row of seats that fold into the floor at the touch of a button, so it meets the criteria. It's worth noting that those extra seats are small and aren't approved to carry child seats, but if you only need to transport seven occasionally, the Range Rover Sport is well worth considering. It combines luxury, desirability, refinement, comfort and genuine 4x4 capability.
Pick of the Range Rover Sport range 3.0 SDV6 HSE
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9. Ford S-Max
A growing family is the reason most people buy an MPV, but the S-Max offers buyers all the necessary practicality in a car that also looks good and is fun to drive. True, the S-Max isn’t as big as the giants of the MPV class – such as the Seat Alhambra and Volkswagen Sharan – but it can still seat seven in reasonable comfort.
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Citroën has put a lot of thought into the Grand C4 Picasso's interior. Not only can its seats be manipulated easily, but it offers the best visibility of any MPV, making the Grand C4 Picasso a doddle to manoeuvre. Our main quibble is that the majority of the car's features are controlled through an unintuitive touchscreen. But if you can live with that, the Grand C4 Picasso represents great family transport.
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