Top 10: Best 7-seater cars in 2020 (and the one to avoid)
Whether you're looking for a part-time seven-seater or a car to carry that many people on a regular basis, check out which ones to go for – and which to avoid.....
If you need a car with seven seats, an MPV may seem like the only choice.
But plenty of SUVs are also worth considering, especially if you won't be carrying seven on a daily basis.
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.
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10: Tesla Model X
The Model X is the only all-electric car on this list, but just because it needs to cart around a big battery pack doesn't mean it can't also seat seven people.
In fact, the Model X is well worth considering as a big load-lugger, because it offers exceptionally low running costs and astonishing performance.
10: Tesla Model X - interior
And in terms of range, it can take you up to 314 miles between charges according to official tests.
9: Citroën Berlingo
The Berlingo majors on offering space, and lots of it. Go for the XL version with seven seats, and nobody will feel short-changed when it comes to stretching out.
We'd go for the 128bhp 1.5-litre diesel engine, too, because you get plenty of low-down grunt, which will be ideal if all seven seats are filled.
9: Citroën Berlingo - interior
The Berlingo is also excellent value, especially in mid-range Flair trim.
8: Citroën Grand C4 Spacetourer
The second Citroën on this list is the Grand C4 Spacetourer, which feels more car-like than the Berlingo above.
Citroën has put a lot of thought into the car's interior, too – not only can its seats be manipulated easily but it offers the best visibility of any MPV, making it a doddle to manoeuvre.
8: Citroën Grand C4 Spacetourer - interior
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.
7: Volvo XC90
The original Volvo XC90 was on sale for more than a decade and, even at the end of its life, it was still a very practical seven-seater. The good news is that the latest version is just as capable and a hell of a lot classier.
7: Volvo XC90 - interior
Indeed, interior quality rivals the premium German manufacturers and, if you pick the right engine and trim combination, you’ll be getting one of the best luxury SUVs on sale today.
And if you fancy going for the plug-in hybrid T8 model, you can cruise around on electric power and still have space for seven.
6: Ford Galaxy
Order a seven-seat taxi to take you to the airport and chances are a Galaxy will turn up, but there’s a reason for that: its combination of low running costs and brilliant seating flexibility makes the car a very practical choice.
6: Ford Galaxy - interior
For a tall car, the handling is superb, too, so when it's just you on board, you can have a lot of fun driving it.
5: Skoda Kodiaq
Skoda's first seven-seater, the Kodiaq, is a comfortable choice with a smart and practical interior, although you do have to be careful when speccing it because it's easy to push the price north of £30k if you start adding options.
5: Skoda Kodiaq - interior
Fortunately, standard equipment includes automatic emergency braking, rear parking sensors, dual-zone climate control and an 8.0in touchscreen infotainment screen with smartphone mirroring.
4: Land Rover Discovery
Much like its popular predecessor, the latest Discovery is a whopping great seven-seater. It's hugely practical and very desirable, offering a comfortable ride, large interior and holding on to its value very well.
4: Land Rover Discovery - interior
It's also just as capable off road as on it, should you need to take the family off the beaten track.
3: Peugeot 5008
Don't sneer at the Peugeot 5008's 1.2-litre petrol engine, because it's still got enough grunt to haul this seven-seater up to motorway speeds reasonably quickly.
3: Peugeot 5008 - interior
In fact, the 5008 is our reigning Large SUV of the Year – it's stylish, good to drive and very practical.
2: Volkswagen Touran
The Touran doesn't really have any major weaknesses – it's very practical and comfortable, with a high-quality interior. On top of that, the third row of seats are spacious enough to accommodate even tall adults and they stow easily into the boot floor when not in use.
2: Volkswagen Touran - interior
All this comes at a reasonable price, too – especially when you factor in our discounts.
1: Audi Q7
The Q7 is a luxury SUV that goes head to head with the BMW X5 and Volvo XC90.
And, like those rivals, it has four-wheel drive to gain some off-road ability, but it’s geared towards sure-footed on-road use rather than traversing muddy fields.
1: Audi Q7 - interior
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.
And the seven-seater to avoid...?
Mitsubishi’s Outlander PHEV has been a staggering success in the UK, especially for company car drivers who value its low CO2 emissions.
Mitsubishi Outlander - interior
Unfortunately, if you want a seven-seat Outlander, you'd have to go for the 2.2-litre diesel model, which loses these advantages while keeping the PHEV's numb steering and unsettled ride.