If you need 7 seats, these are the best cars on the market find
The seven-seater cars They have always been an exception in the market. They were almost always family station wagon or an option that could have a third row of seats (Peugeot 504, Citroen CX or Mercedes E Class, to name the most famous). After that offer was gradually disappearing from the market until the arrival of MPVs (or MPV) and large SUV.
Currently, almost all generalist brands, including premium, have in their catalog more than seven-seater model. However, all are now MPV and SUV, with the exception of a fastback sedans (Tesla Model S). With more than 30 models on the market (over 40 if we include those derived from commercial vehicles) it is not an easy task deciding on a model. Obviously, you can always choose one of the leading models in its segment, such as the Citroen C4 Grand Picasso, but are not always the ideal model for everyone. So, rather than a list of leaders it is also about the alternatives on the market. This selection, based on our tests, will help.
- 1 Seven cars cheaper seats
- 2 Dacia Lodgy Stepway
- 3 Toyota Verso
- 4 People carrier or MPV, the classic solution
- 5 Ford S-Max
- 6 Renault Grand Scenic
- 7 Renault Espace
- 8 SEAT Alhambra
- 9 Crossover or SUV, big
- 10 Land Rover Discovery
- 11 5008
- 12 Skoda Kodiaq
- 13 Luxury cars, also with seven seats
- 14 BMW X5
- 15 Mercedes-Benz GLS
- 16 Volvo XC90
- 17 Electric and hybrid are not at odds with 7 seats
- 18 Toyota Prius +
- 19 Tesla Model S
- 20 Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine
- 21 Mini Van, because sometimes size matters
- 22 SsangYong Rodius
- 23 Volkswagen Multivan T6
Seven cars cheaper seats
Making this selection of models, it is clear that the seven-seater cars are at the top end of the market: the vast majority of models exceed 25,000 euros (if Renault Grand Kangoo up base goes from 20,000 euros ...) . In this context it is even more difficult to find a new seven-seat model that is affordable. But do not spread panic, There are three models that are below 20,000 euros.
Dacia Lodgy Stepway
Logically, we find here with the champion of low cost: Dacia. The Romanian firm proposes lodgy, a model halfway between the station wagon and the MPV. The range, as always in Dacia, is limited: two engines petrol and two diesel (with powers between 90 and 110 CV) ranging from 11,370 euros (the cheapest of the seven market squares) To 16,030 euros Dacia Lodgy Stepway equipped with the dCi 110 hp engine, our favorite range.
Despite an adventurous look, the Dacia Lodgy Stepway is a model exclusively for road use. It does not own or mixed tires nor more headroom. And you can see it. The dCi has some verve above 1.7000 laps and comfortable road shows. However, in city it is not so lenient with passengers where the suspension was somewhat hard to move on firm deteriorated.
On board, finishes and plastics are clearly low cost, although their equipment is correct given the price. The second row is designed for wide and three (2 + 1 and not, as in most cars), with good legroom. The third row of seats can accommodate two adults without difficulties -something rare in seven-seater models that have enough room for both legs and height. The trunk is huge five-seat configuration (825 liters) and very small with the third row of seats (200 liters) as in most models seven-seater.
Below 20,000 euros, Toyota Verso It is only available with the 1.6 petrol engine 132 hp. But more-from 20,300 euros to 21,850 euros, we find the 1.6-liter diesel variants and gasoline 111 hp 1.8-liter 147 hp associated with continuously variable automatic transmission.
The Toyota Verso is still one of the best compact MPV (4.46 m) able to offer the best compromise between dynamism and comfort, flattering finishes, a very correct standard equipment and seven seats.
It also offers the usual modularity in MPV (individual fully folding seats), higher than a saloon or SUV and a second row of seats interior height. It can accommodate two adults, though not with the same comfort in row center seats. Anyway, it is much better in this respect than a Kia Carens (also below 20,000 euros), where the third row of seats is just for kids.
The trunk, as expected, goes from 440 liters in five-seat to 155 liters in seven seats. Again, higher than 105 liters Kia Carens stays scarce (Less than a Mazda MX-5 roadster) in seven-seat configuration.
|Dacia Lodgy||11,370 to 16.30 euros||4,498 mm||100hp 1.6; TCe 115 hp; dCi 90 hp and dCi 110 hp||FWD. Manual 5||634/207 liters||Price. Trunk.|
|Toyota Verso||18200-20150 euros||4,460 mm||Gasoline. 1.6 132 hp||FWD. Manual 6||440/155 liters||Finishes. Equipment.|
People carrier or MPV, the classic solution
Until recently, the MPV were cars whose design was dictated by function rather than form, hence the term minivan to describe them. Even the marketing departments decided to make them a MPV, by "Multi Purpose Vehicle"English, and position as cars for everything: for families, for athletes, for professionals, for those who like to drive, etc.
Still, they have been losing ground to the SUV, but have the huge advantage of having been developed from the outset to have seven seats. This gives them the correct configuration trunks in rows of seats and an interior space than the SUV of similar dimensions.
East Ford S-Max retrieves the recipe that made the first generation success: true seven-seater, a design that moves away from the traditional MPV and the ability to provide both passenger comfort and dynamism which leads. The roll is very limited in curves, supports frank and very direct steering. Of course the weight and center of gravity somewhat high are felt at the entrances of tight corners, yet in terms of driving pleasure shown superior to any MPV.
On board, the Ford S-Max the second row of seats can slide 17 cm, freeing space if it were precise- for the third row of seats. In addition, individual seats in the second row are hinged to provide access to the two seats of the third row. As for the trunk, in five-seat configuration it is down to 770 liters and 285 liters in seven-seat configuration.
Finally, we must mention that offer good perceived quality of finishes, design dashboard more refined than the first generation and equipment, depending on the version, which includes panoramic sunroof and vision camera 180 degrees for easy maneuvering in city , as when parking and salts have zero visibility because of the walls of said parking.
Renault Grand Scenic
He Renault Grand Scenic breaks with the legacy of Renault Scénic. The design is more modern and less MPV, the dash back to a more classic setting, but with an imposing central touchscreen and dynamic behavior is now closer to that of a saloon, but without being as good as that of a Renault Megane or a Ford S-Max. He simply has greatly improved.
On board, while the Renault Grand Scénic retains design individual seats are not removable: Now just press a button to hide on the floor of the car, releasing cargo space. The second row of seats -Adjustable length- offers more legroom thanks to the longer wheelbase than the Renault Scénic. The third row of seats, as in almost all these vehicles will be comfortable for children, while adults and teens will feel somewhat tight in those places.
The luggage compartment offers 533 liters in five-seat configuration, is reduced to 189 liters with the third row of seats in place. It is not enough for seven people, certainly, but still more than the 170 liter Citroen C4 Grand Picasso-leader of segment- or 145 liter BMW Series 2 Grand Tourer. The difference is not much, but with seven people on board, everything counts.
He Renault Espace is the pioneer of MPVs in Europe, thanks to its huge interior space and modularity, with folding individual seats of all shapes and even rotating. But for the fifth-generation Renault Espace he has completely reinvented. We present it as a crossover, but its design is clearly that of a MPV with more headroom (16 cm) under its ground segment rivals. By comparison, most SUV provide between 20 and 22 cm, while the previous Espace offered 12 cm in height.
Espace transformation is also seen at the wheel. Remains very comfortable but now offers a much more dynamic driving, especially in versions equipped with four steerable wheels christened 4Control. And it's not something that should be assessed solely on twisty roads and cheerful driving in town also offers a clear advantage for maneuvering in narrow streets and car parks (it has a turning radius of just longer than a Renault Clio meter) or just to park their 4.86 m long. It's a shame that this system is not standard on all Espace, even where it is not optional.
The conversion is still on board. Goodbye individual seats you could rotate and install where wanted in the passenger compartment, is all the more conventional now and better perceived quality (Renault has made much progress in this area). Individual seats are now concealable under the floor of the car by pressing a button in the trunk or via the central touch screen.
Space aboard remains one of the references in the segment. In the second row of seats (can slide over 17 cm individually) space for both legs and width is superb. However, the third row of seats is not as welcoming as in the last generation, although they can travel without problem two adults.
The boot configuration of seven seats, meanwhile, is content to 247 liters. It is more than many MPV, certainly, but also measures 4.86 m long. Anyway, still does not reach the SEAT Alhambra in this regard.
The Volkswagenn Sharan and his twin the SEAT Alhambra reign on the segment of large MPVs, Lancia now that (Chrysler) Voyager, Citroen C8 and Peugeot 807 are no longer in the market and the Renault Espace looking to get a new hole. In front of the Volkswagen Sharan, SEAT Alhambra recommend its more dynamic tuning that does not detract from the comfort and good value for equipment. And although the SEAT Alhambra has few rivals, has too many qualities.
The design of the SEAT Alhambra, although nice is clearly functional. And that has its advantages in matters of life on board. The interior is excellent and access to the rear seats, thanks to the sliding doors is perfect.
The seven seats are individual seats (sliding about 16 cm) type and completely swiveled to access the third-row seats. The inclination of the backrest is adjustable and folding completely. The third row of seats -escamoteable under maletero- can accommodate two adults, although the position of the seats, rather high, is not ideal. They are also a bit narrow.
|Ford S-Max||28975-46400 euros||4.796 mm||Gasoline and diesel. 120 to 240 hp||FWD. AWD. Manual or automatic||700/285 liters||dynamic behavior. Trunk.|
|Renault Grand Scenic||20016-30096 euros||4,634 mm||Gasoline and diesel. From 116 to 160 hp||FWD. Manual or auto.||533/189 liters||Design. Trunk.|
|Renault Espace||30900-44535 euros||4.857 mm||Gasoline and diesel. From 131 to 200 hp||FWD. Manual or auto.||614/247 liters||Design. Finishes. Habitability. Dynamism.|
|Seat Alhambra||33861-43971 euros||4.854 mm||Gasoline and diesel. From 116 to 220 hp||FWD. Manual or DSG.||955/300 liters||Habitability. Trunk. Value for money equipment|
Crossover or SUV, big
The SUV They have been replaced in many respects to the familiar body of yesteryear. Many are offering seven-seat versions. Tend to be more expensive than equivalent and less practical MPV both access on board for the third row of seats, as in matters of modularity. Whether you like SUV for a simple aesthetic issue, visibility, access on board or simply because occasionally exits off road practice, there are interesting proposals :.
Land Rover Discovery
He Land Rover Discovery It is one of the flagship models of the English manufacturer. This new generation is closer to the concept of the Range Rover Discovery that traditional. Its dynamic driving behavior has improved, although the direction shown little incisive changes and rolling path is still somewhat charged.
However, where the Land Rover Discovery shows It is excellent in ride comfort: It is very comfortable and quiet (even diesel). Of course, with the Terrain Response II, Discovery shows superb off-road. No matter the surface and the obstacle, Discovery honors its predecessors.
On board, the Dicovery offers seven seats for adults; the third row seats are not for a specific or single use for children. Even with the second row of seats thrown back at all, a person of almost 1.80 m can sit in the squares of the background without your knees touching the back of the seats in the second row. In return, the boot capacity is not the best of this selection of seven-seater cars.
The Land Rover Discovery is ideal for those who need seven full seats -and not five with two more for good measure or for those who need, even occasionally, excellent off-road abilities. And if you not going to use, anyway, the Discoverry is a much comfortable, refined and passenger comfort as a priority car. It is an anecdote, but it shows very well: Discovery 12V equips six takes nine USB ports and can connect up to eight devices via its integrated wi-fi.
He 5008 is another model that was transformed from a classic MPV Citroen C4 Grand -derived Picasso- to be an SUV. The Peugeot 5008 has limited off road skills (Although a height of nearly 24 cm), but shown very comfortable and dynamic road, with a very incisive direction that gives more agility than a Skoda Kodiaq, for example.
On board, the Peugeot 5008 looks finishes with a perceived quality almost premium. It has seven individual seats and although their seats are slightly smaller than the Skoda Kodiaq or Land Rover Discovery, the legroom in the second row of seats is large (well, there is no central tunnel which can disturb the passenger center ).
The Peugeot 5008 He stands out from its rivals through its interior modularity (Individual for all seats) for its dynamic qualities (to carry an SUV does not mean you do not like driving), its ride comfort and technological equipment (i-Cockpit, automatic emergency brake warning risk of collision, active alert lane departure, recognition speed limits, speed regulator adaptive with Stop (automatic transmission), active surveillance system dead angle, Park Assist and view camera 360),
For anyone looking for a seven-seater car and wants a really large SUV aesthetics, Skoda Kodiaq It is currently one of the best proposals. With 4.70 m long, it is not exactly a compact car but with its long wheelbase (2,791 mm) the Kodiaq offers enormous interior and an equally large boot on its five-seat configuration (560 liters) and correct version of seven seats (270 liters).
Obviously the roominess and comfort is not the same in all places. In the second row of seats (18 cm opening on), the space length and width is loose, except for that it feels on the central square. This is closer, for hiding an armrest. As for the third row of seats, only two children travel really comfortable in it, although they may be occupied by two adults.
A dynamic level, without being clumsy is not the Kodiaq will bring you a smile, but at least is very comfortable. Ideal, too, for those who need to pull a trailer up to 750 kg, if it is not equipped with brakes, and up to 2,200 kg with brakes. also has the Trailer Assist system and automated reverse direction for those not familiar with the maneuvers trailer.
Finally, mention that as one of the latest models of this selection, you can equip all kinds of driving aids (adaptive cruise control, detection of vehicles in blind spots, automatic braking, etc) and connectivity (Google Earth, points of interest, weather service, Apple Car Play, etc).
|Land Rover Discovery Sport||39975-61405 euros||4,590 mm||Gasoline and diesel. 150 to 179 hp||FWD. AWD. Manual or auto.||454 / liter nd||Off-road. Habitability. Comfort. Connectivity.|
|5008||25400-37800 euros||4,641 mm||Gasoline and diesel. 99 to 181 hp||FWD. Manual or auto.||780 / liter nd||Design. Finishes. Modularity.|
|Skoda Kodiaq||25990-39585 euros||4,697 mm||Gasoline and diesel. 125 to 190 hp||FWD. AWD. Manual or auto.||560/270 liters||Trunk. Habitability. Towing capacity. Price-equipment.|
Luxury cars, also with seven seats
With the arrival of the Luxury SUV, premium brands also took the opportunity to propose models of seven seats to these high levels of range. In this category we have included a small selection of models exceeding 50,000 euros and non-electric or hybrid (they have their own category).
He BMW X5 is the dynamic reference level in the SUV segment: Incisal direction, stability, lateral grip and roll control curve, are some of its qualities. And it does so without sacrificing the comfort of the passengers (although in Sport mode the suspension is shown unnecessarily firm). Notably, all seven-seater BMW X5 equipped with self-leveling air suspension on the rear axle.
Moreover, the BMW X5 remains faithful to the policy of BMW of equipment just right number, leaving the customer the ability to create your X5 to the letter with the long list of options or to be tempted of the various packs equipment (much more interesting economically).
In terms of habitability, the X5 offers space and modularity of an MPV (Reclining seats, sliding, etc). The space in the second row of seats is excellent, whereas in the third the two passengers are seated slightly lower and somewhat narrow. At least they are not places that can only use children, two adults can travel there.
Mercedes-Benz dared in his day with a luxury MPV seven seater, Class A. Today, the only representative of the "category of the seven seats" is the Mercedes-Benz GLS (The Class V is a six seater). Developed primarily for the US market, the GLS has the role of mastodon in our old Europe: it measures 5.13 m long (5,16 m in the 63 AMG version) by 1.93 m wide and 1.85 m high.
With such dimensions, livability aboard the Mercedes GLS is worthy of a "mini van". While the space in the first two rows of seats is superb in the third it is excellent. Actually, two adults can travel in the third row of seats but the lack of space can agobiarles.
Mercedes GL descendent of the GLS no longer fitted as standard pack off the road (gearbox, center differential lock), but is still available as an option. Of course, the all-wheel drive is part of the standard equipment. Anyway, where the imperial GLS sample is in ride comfort. Extremely comfortable, well hardly turns rolling (active anti-roll bars) and is immune to side winds thanks to a specific function of stability control.
He Volvo XC90 is the quintessential premium SUV and an excellent alternative to the Germans or British models usually account for all sales. The design, both exterior and interior extremely refined, makes suddenly grow old German models.
On board, the central touch screen to control all functions of the car (GPS, climate control, multimedia, etc.) has the market more readable interface and speed normally only we found in tablets. The quality of materials is practically at the level of an Audi Q7 and running refinement (comfort and silence) Are the best of the category.
In terms of roominess, the Audi Q7 5.02 m is slightly higher than the Volvo XC90. In both cases, the third-row seat is for occasional use and does not offer the same space as the Mercedes GLS. Among the Audi Q7 and the Volvo XC90, the space differences are minimal, but as in the Q7 access to the third row of seats is far from ideal (you have to fold the seats in the second row in two movements) we recommend Volvo XC90 the better access.
|BMW X5||61599-106064 euros||4,886 mm||Gasoline and diesel. From 231 to 449 hp||RWD. AWD. Car.||575/274 liters||Dynamism. Trunk|
|Mercedes GLS||88950-155950 euros||5.130 mm (AMG: 5160 mm)||258 hp diesel and gasoline from 333 to 585 hp||AWD. Car.||680/300 liters||Habitabiliad. Refinement. Off-road.|
|Volvo XC90||56472-76468 euros||4.950 mm||Gasoline and diesel. From 190 to 320 hp||FWD. AWD. Car.||640/262 liters||Finishes. Refinement. Design. livability|
Electric and hybrid are not at odds with 7 seats
Big cities are increasingly hostile to cars, with only electrical and hybrids allowed to move in cities like Madrid when very high pollution episodes. If you need a 7-seater car that can get in the big cities without restrictions for their emissions or simply by choice, there are some models, although most fall into the category of luxury cars.
Toyota Prius +
With a range that is between 30,000 and 40,000 euros, Toyota Prius + is not a particularly affordable car, but if you need seven seats and can not or want a car "ecological" exceeding 50,000 euros, this is your only reasonable option.
Technically, dynamic behavior and equipment or connectivity, the Prius + is similar to other Toyota hybrid range, as the Auris or the previous generation Prius. Ideal in city (comfortable, quiet, smooth) It is no longer so much on the road, where the heat engine noise becomes much more present, especially if they travel to seven board- and somewhat clumsy dynamic level.
Where the Prius + is to convince habitability. And it does so with flying colors. Despite its compact size, with respect to a classic MPV- it provides a carrier with individual seats in all positions (seats which can slide, folding or retracting individually). his livability is higher than many compact MPV, even in the third row where two adults will not feel caught (it is superior in this aspect to many oversized SUV). Only accessibility to the third row of seats is worse than its rivals. And in the background, the Prius + has more than MPV station wagon.
Tesla Model S
He Tesla Model S sui generis remains a model in (how long?) international automobile scene. And even in this selection of seven-seater cars. It is 100% electric, delivers excellent dynamic performance, sports performance, is a fastback sedan body and is suitable for seven passengers, thanks to two optional seats (4,600 euros) located in the trunk.
Tesla recovered the idea of the big family station wagon 70 and 80. This is two seats only suitable for children traveling back to the direction of travel. Obviously, if they are in use, overrides the main trunk (still striker 150 liters). Tesla proposed the same option in the Model X, but the SUV's third row of seats look in the direction of travel and two adults can travel in it.
Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine
the Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine It is the plug-in hybrid version of the XC90. But also its performance based version (more than 400 hp and 5.3 s from 0 to 100 km / h) And luxurious (there is even a limousine version of four-seater). As the rest of the range, it can have an optional third row of seats.
To highlight its AWD (permanent four wheel drive) mode and autonomy in 100% electric mode up to 40 km. The Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine enjoys the same points for the versions equipped with a heat engine, with the added advantages of higher performance and lower power consumption (as long as they use the possibility of plugging do).
|Toyota Prius +||28900-36000 euros||4,645 mm||Gasoline hybrid 136 hp 1.8||FWD. Car||505/200 liters||Price. CO2 emissions.|
|Tesla Model S||84,600 to 158,600 euros.||4.979 mm||Power (s) from 333 to 612 hp||FWD. AWD. Car.||894/150 liters||Benefits. Design. Zero emissions.|
|Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine||81180-85180 euros||4.950 mm||2.0 plug-in hybrid gasoline 408 hp||AWD. Car.||640/262 liters||Benefits. Security. Habitability. CO2 emissions|
Mini Van, because sometimes size matters
No miracles, if you want a seven-passenger vehicle capable of carrying the baggage of the seven occupants, the only models able to offer that squaring the circle are the mini van. Under the anglicized hide actually derived from what we call in Spain always vans. But beware, the current models have nothing to do with the image that we have of a van-style MB-100 Mercedes 80s These current models are comfortable, quiet, behave almost like a passenger car and can get to be very luxurious.
Despite a design that almost nobody liked the SsangYong Rodius first generation had some success in Spain thanks to its very competitive price. The new generation exhibits a much more consensual design, but retains the same recipe as above: Huge habitability (with 5,13 me long as you can), versatility, generous standard equipment and very competitive price (from 28,100 euros).
This new generation has are deformable parallelogram rear suspension, which has allowed significantly improve ride comfort and dynamic behavior. But make no mistake, it is still a vehicle that favors comfort over any other provision. Quick off the tracks at an easy pace, driving the Rodius is not a rewarding experience. Anyway, that's not his vocation. Its raison d'être is to offer a lot of space on board. And in this section truly excels.
Although the quality of assemblies and materials is not up to other Korean brands, is not it a low cost model. Yes, there is plenty of room for improvement. To compensate, SsangYong bet by standard equipment comprehensive which includes in its most basic control tire pressure, seats 2nd and 3rd row with longitudinal adjustment, three doses of 12 V, dual air conditioner for the rear seats and independent regulation for rear seats, electrically adjustable and folding exterior mirrors. The most equipped version includes even a multimedia computer with DVD player to have entertained the rear passengers.
Volkswagen Multivan T6
For the sixth generation of "Combi" Volkswagen proposes a T6 Multivan It proposes an increasingly commercial vehicles away from taking on base and recovering the witness of large MPV (type Lancia-Chrysler Voyager) model a few years ago. It is something that is evident in the aesthetic presentation (bicolor combinations are not mandatory, you can also order a single color) and especially in its equipment.
He Active Cruise Control which manages the distance to the vehicle in front and damping electronically piloted (Three levels of damping) are part of equipment. Even at the wheel, the Multivan has a tune closer to that of the Volkswagen Sharan than of a van.
On board, the second row has two individual seats, reclining, sliding and swivel 180 ° for, for example, talking to passengers of the third row of seats. This is classic configuration for a single seat three-seater, although it is also recline and slide a few centimeters to increase the luggage compartment, for example. Which, with three rows of seats in position, has a large volume (720 liters). It is also possible resting the two rows of seats and joining them, convert this space into a sort of bed. No seven-seat vehicle on the market with greater versatility than the Volkswagen Multivan.
Finally, note the enormous possibilities of customization of the Multivan with numerous options such as screens and DVD player, the secondary heater or an integrated fridge.
|SsangYong Rodius||28100-38450 euros||5.130 mm||2.2 diesel 178 hp||RWD. Manual. AWD Auto and Auto||nd / 875 liters||Space. Modularity. Trunk. Price.|
|Volkswagen Multivan T6||30320-53390 euros||4,904 mm||2.0 diesel 204 hp from 102 to 204 hp and 2.0 petrol||RWD. AWD. Manual. Car.||nd / 720 liters||Space. Modularity. Trunk.|