Best family 7 seater
Just because you have a large family, you don’t have to drive a minibus. Modern MPVs both look and drive better than ever, so take a look at the best new 7 seater cars.
Widely considered the best handling seven-seater MPV on the market, the S-Max feels more like a hatchback on the road. The cabin is well designed and well equipped, but the rear two seats are only really comfortable for adults on short journeys – kids should be fine, however.
The Galaxy is the larger choice from Ford, costing a bit more than the S-Max. It’s more conservative both to look at and to drive than the smaller MPV but is very comfortable and practical if size is your priority.
Citroen Grand C4 Picasso
The Grand C4 Picasso’s spacious and comfortable cabin is its strong point, rather than the unsophisticated driving dynamics. However it is a good-looking vehicle with plenty of essential kit and is economical to run – just don’t expect a thrilling drive.
The Alhambra is an excellent all-rounder, with a practical and spacious cabin, a refined ride and low running costs. It’s also great value for money, making it a more sensible buy than its badge-engineered sibling, the Volkswagen Sharan.
This is a solid, premium-feeling MPV with a strong engine range, although it’s slightly lacking in design flair. The VW badge promises excellent build quality and generous equipment levels, but there are more exciting new vw deals out there.
Vauxhall Zafira Tourer
The Zafira Tourer offers slightly more style than substance, with a smart cabin, a decent amount of standard kit and an economical diesel engine range, but it’s less practical and doesn’t handle as well as some of the other choices on the market.
The Carens may be the budget choice but is very competitive with the others on this list in terms of quality and performance. It’s a smart-looking and practical MPV which makes a great choice for budget-conscious buyers.
The Verso represents the more compact end of the market, so it’s a little cramped in the rear seats and less flexible than others, but it is easier to park and to use on an everyday basis if you only need the full seven seats occasionally.
Classed as an SUV rather than an MPV, the Outlander nonetheless has seven seats and a comfortable spacious cabin. It’s not the most refined ride but comes as a very economical petrol-electric hybrid and of course has the ability to challenge tougher terrain than your average MPV.
Land Rover Discovery
Another seven-seater entry from the 4×4 sector, the Discovery combines badge prestige with goat-like agility and a classy and comfortable cabin.