Best seven-seater electric cars

Need space for seven but the ability to run on battery power alone? These are the best hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric seven-seaters

James Wilson
Jan 24, 2020

In an ideal world, we would all be driving around in pure electric cars, made from 100% recycled materials, that have been charged using 100% renewable energy - no matter how many seats we needed. In reality, though, seven seaters are big and heavy and typically electric cars have been smaller, with fewer seats.

However, drivers now have a choice of not only hybrid seven-seaters, but plug-in hybrid models - that can often run on electricity alone for up to 30 miles or so if you charge them regularly - and even a handful of fully electric seven-seaters. So if you want lots of space, but also the ability to travel in silence - although we can't promise the kids will remain quiet - there are now more options than ever before.

While the choice of all-electric seven-seat vehicles currently extends to just four models, those available do solve different problems for those who need plenty of seats, from the relatively affordable to the all-out luxurious.

But, if you aren’t quite ready to make the switch to all-electric cars, there are a number of hybrid options listed below as well, some plug-in hybrids - which offer greater elecrtric range, provided you regularly plug in to charge the batteries - and some self-charging, where the petrol engine charges a smaller set of batteries as you drive, offering a small electric boost.

Regardless of how big your budget is, it is important to have a good idea of what you need your seven-seater to do. Major considerations to keep in mind are electric range and how usable you need the rearmost seats to be – electric car or not, a third row of seats often only brings enough space for small children.

 

Best seven-seat electric cars in the UK

1. Tesla Model S

Type of electric vehicle All-electric
Range From 280 miles

You may not realise it, but the Tesla Model S is available with seven seats. Granted the sixth and seventh seats are rear-facing and only really suitable for use by children or the occasional adult on a short journey, but they are extra seats nonetheless.

Away from the number of chairs, a seven-seat Model S will get you just under 300 miles per charge (Tesla sells standard and long-range versions, so be sure to check the exact figure), and the company offers a supremely impressive charging network that now extends across most of Europe and much of the rest of the world. This means that even long trips are simple, with the location of Tesla's 'Superchargers' logged into the media system, making it super-simple to ensure you can get to your destination without running out of charge.

In addition, you get a modern interior which includes Tesla’s famous (and huge) portrait-oriented media display and some of the most impressive autonomous driving technology on the market.

The Model S is also seriously rapid; the fastest version can silently sprint to 62mph in well under three seconds. Not only is that quick enough to terrify six passengers (especially those facing backwards in the boot) but it is also enough to beat many a supercar.

We don't often see these available on BuyaCar, for now at least they remain a rare commodity, but the Tesla name is slowly becoming more mainstream and we expect the amount of used examples to grow as the popularity of electric cars continues to grow.

2. Tesla Model X

Type of electric vehicle All-electric
Range From 230 miles

Building on the success of its Model S, Tesla followed up with the Model X SUV. Unlike the S, the X’s rearmost seats are forward-facing, however, they are not the largest, so fully grown adults are unlikely to find them the most comfortable for long distances – children should have no issues, though.

Access into the rear is relatively easy and thanks to funky falcon doors - which open upwards in a way that makes them look like wings - you need not worry about clumsy rear passengers damaging your doors, as they don't open out far from the car's body, compared with traditional doors that swing open.

The power on offer is frankly ridiculous, with top of the range 2019 Performance variants taking just 2.8 seconds to accelerate from 0-62mph with 300 miles of range available according to the latest and more challenging economy tests. This performance does not come cheap, though. On top of bonkers acceleration and strong range, there is also Tesla’s suite of impressive autonomous tech. Even though full-blown self-driving is not legal on UK roads yet, the Model X allows drivers to get as close as they possibly can.

Once again, the Tesla Model X is hard to come by on the used market. We've seen a few here on BuyaCar, but as more and more of them appear on the road you can expect used ones to appear more regularly.

3. Nissan e-NV200 Combi

Latest Nissan E-NV200 deals Limited stock
Type of electric vehicle
All-electric
Range 124 miles

At the opposite end of the electric seven-seater car market, we have the Nissan e-NV200 Combi. While the e-NV200 Combi is slightly let down by its somewhat sluggish acceleration and average interior packaging, the fact remains that if you want a relatively affordable electric car with seven-seats, it is your only option.

Unlike some others on this list, the e-NV200 Combi offers decent space for adults sitting in the rearmost (forward-facing) seats. Knee room might be a tad tight, but thanks to the height of the rear seats, the fact they recline and the impressive amount of headroom, most should be comfy when travelling in the rear row.

It isn’t like passengers will be trapped in the back for 300 miles at a time either, as the e-NV200 only has a range of around 120 miles. Performance is similarly modest, with a 0-62mph time of 14.0 seconds and a top speed of 76mph.

We're just beginning to see glimpses of the e-NV200 Combi appearing on the used market. Prices are still high due to the fact it's electric, but we can see the appeal this seven-seater would have.

4. Mercedes EQV

Type of electric vehicle All-electric
Range 250 miles (expected)

A couple of housekeeping items first: the Mercedes EQV is actually an eight-seater, it isn’t expected to arrive on UK roads until spring 2020 and prices are as yet unconfirmed, though they are predicted to start around £60,000.

The EQV is an all-electric version of the fossil fuel-powered Mercedes V-Class. It is expected to come with around 250 miles of range plus all the bells and whistles a modern-day Mercedes has to offer – including an impressive media system called MBUX, which features very slick voice controls.

Out of all the cars on this list, the EQV is champion of interior space, thanks to it originating as a van-based people carrier. This means there is ample space for eight adults plus a decent amount of luggage, provided you are creative with where you store the latter – such as under the rear seats.

Additional practical touches such as electric sliding doors and a split tailgate (you can either open the full boot door or smaller glass hatch instead) help make the EQV arguably the most practical all-electric car on this list.

5. Volvo XC90 T8 Hybrid

Latest Volvo XC90 T8 deals from £32,999
Monthly finance from £417
Type of electric vehicle
Plug-in hybrid
Range 28 miles

If you'd prefer a plug-in hybrid that offers the potential of zero-emissions transport for shorter journeys - provided you charge regularly - and it is desirability, comfort and refinement you are after in your seven-seater, then look no further than the Volvo XC90 T8 PHEV.

Yes, cars such as the Tesla Model X are all-electric and offer much greater acceleration, but the XC90 is head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to execution - it feels far more upmarket inside than the others here - plus it is more affordable than the likes of the Model X.

Perhaps more importantly for those looking to transport many passengers, the forward-facing rearmost seats are large enough for adults to travel in relative comfort – although those nearing six-foot tall and above may struggle with headroom.

Being a PHEV (plug-in hybrid), you will still have to fill up with petrol - unless you only travel short distances and plug in religiously - and as a result, have to live with a certain level of emissions from the exhaust pipe. Volvo updated the XC90 for 2019 and as a consequence boosted its all-electric range to 28 miles. As for performance, the XC90 T8 comes with enough muscle to go from 0-62mph in under six seconds – impressive for a seven-seat SUV.

Being a more well-known brand, the Volvo hybrid models are much more widely available on the used market. The XC90 is a much more standard SUV and therefore we expect this car to be a popular choice as a utilitarian family car.

6. Toyota Prius+

Latest Toyota Prius+ deals from £17,750
Monthly finance from £224
Type of electric vehicle
Self-charging hybrid
Economy 47mpg

Toyota has long been the champion of self-charging cars - which offer a small electric boost, increasing fuel economy and power slightly - since it launched the original Prius nearly two decades ago. In today’s world, the Prius+ uses all Toyota’s electrification experience and wraps it in a rather practical seven-seat package.

The final word in driving pleasure it is not, but comfortable and cheap as chips to run it is. Thanks to a well thought out interior there is even enough space in the (forward-facing) rearmost seats for your average adult - just about.

Economy for a Prius+ is claimed to be around 47mpg under the most recent fuel economy testing procedure. That's lower than some diesel alternatives, but not bad for a car with a petrol engine. All models come relatively well equipped and boast Toyota’s standard five-year/100,000-mile warranty, which is better than the industry standard.

7. Lexus RX L

Latest Lexus RXL deals from £38,880
Monthly finance from £532
Type of electric vehicle
Self-charging hybrid
Economy 34mpg

The Lexus RX L is a slightly longer version of the standard five-seat RX. ‘Slightly’ is the key word here and, as a result, the rearmost forward-facing seats are best suited for children as adults will likely find the back a touch cramped.

Aside from that, the RX L promises to deliver the same high-quality interior, decent performance and strong reliability as the regular RX. On that last point, the RX was voted the 5th best car to own by UK motorists in the 2019 Auto Express Driver Power survey. If fuel economy and low emissions are important to you, however, this is not the car for you, as claimed fuel economy is a low 34mpg, which is far less than many conventional diesel alternatives - but CO2 emissions are relatively low at 138g/km.

8. London Taxi

Type of electric vehicle Range-extender hybrid
Range 64.5 miles

It might be rather left field, but the latest London Taxi (or LEVC TX to give it its proper name) is an option for those wanting an electric seven-seater. The manufacturer of the London Taxi is actually a sister company of Volvo, which means those who are familiar with modern-day Volvos will notice that there are more than a few shared components inside.

Despite being a taxi, the LEVC TX will go from 0-62mph in 13.2 seconds and hit a top speed of 80mph. Motorists get around 64.5-miles of all-electric range before the petrol-powered range extender kicks in to start recharging the battery pack on the go. As with the other plug-in hybrids, make sure to plug in regularly for the lowest fuel costs.

Drawbacks to going for the taxi? Well you will be lonely in the front as there is just one seat, they are rather expensive (cash prices sit around the £60k mark) and there aren’t that many for sale. Of course, you could always charge your passengers for the journey and remove one of these problems straight away.
 

Latest best cars & vans

  1. Best cars for long commutes

  2. Best cars for motorway driving

  3. Best cars for less than a gym membership

What our customers say