Cheapest seven-seat cars

Seven seats and plenty of storage space from just over £7,000: we've rounded up the best low-cost family-friendly seven-seaters

John Evans
Apr 30, 2020

For far less than half the price of the cheapest new Ford Fiesta, you could upgrade your car to a grand family wagon, with seven seats, storage space galore and enough versatility for most tasks - whether that's a run to the tip or a road trip across the country.

All of the cars listed here are five years old or less, and are among the 3278 seven-seat vehicles currently on sale at BuyaCar. New car prices start from just under £20,000 before discounts, but more important for most drivers are the second-hand prices, with barely £7,000 being enough to put a reasonably new seven-seater on the drive - that's less than £1,000 per seat.

Most of the cheapest cars on the market are people carriers, with a boxy minibus-style design. These start at £4,899 on BuyaCar, or from £99 per month on finance. Sport utility vehicles (SUVs), which look more rugged, are also available with seven seats, but you'll pay a premium for their more popular look and many of these aren't as practical as the best people carriers, either. If you want seven seats and a large boot, you may also want to look at more expensive cars such as the Ford Galaxy.

The size and weight of seven-seat cars means that most buyers opt for diesel, as fuel economy is usually much better than petrol versions. Be aware that many vehicles that were on the road before September 2015 don't meet current emissions standards (called Euro 6), so will be affected by some future low emissions zones in cities such as London and Birmingham.

Fear not, however, as petrol options are available, and if you don't cover many tens of thousands of miles every year, they're not likely to cost you much more in fuel bills. Scroll down for the cheapest new and used seven-seat cars currently available or click the button above to search for all seven-seater deals.

Cheapest seven-seat cars

1. Vauxhall Zafira Tourer

Used Vauxhall Zafira Tourer deals from £4,899
Monthly finance from £99

Compared with other five-year-old people carriers, the Vauxhall Zafira is extremely practical and excellent value for money. The middle seats slide and the rearmost ones fold into the floor when not in use, making it extremely practical and versatile. With five seats in place, the boot can hold a useful 710 litres.

This expands to 1,860 litres with all rear seats folded - that's a huge space, so whatever you're looking to carry, the Zafira should have a good stab at it. The design is also reasonably stylish - as people carriers go - looking more like an inflated estate car than a boxy minibus.

2. Peugeot 5008

Used Peugeot 5008 deals from £8,785
Monthly finance from £167

Put aside the Peugeot 5008's not-too-exciting design and you have a people carrier that's still competitive against more modern alternatives, despite ending production in 2017. The fact this generation of 5008 is only available used means that prices are low, too.

The reason the 5008 makes sense as a seven-seater is partly down to the car's flexibility, with a middle row of seats that slide and rearmost ones that fold into the floor. The back row is a little cramped for adults, but children will find them fine. Fold all seats down and you’ve a huge 2,506 litres of load space - even for a seven-seater, that's a lot of space.

Further forward in the car, the 5008 is pleasantly car-like to drive with very little leaning in corners. Just watch out if you're planning to use child seats with a supporting leg: the underfloor storage areas will need reinforcing to make this safe.

3. Renault Grand Scenic

Used Renault Grand Scenic deals from £6,497
Monthly finance from £127

This larger version of the Renault Scenic has a couple of extra seats in the back plus some really thoughtful storage solutions.

Its party trick is the fact that all the passenger seats are individual, rather than a bench. The centre three slide, fold and can even be lifted out. The rear pair can be removed, too. In addition, there are seat-back trays and underfloor storage compartments - these will need reinforcing if you use child seats with a supporting leg.

With the rear two seats folded flat, the boot is 596 litres in size. The Grand Scenic is versatile, practical and great value for money. Look out for car with TomTom in their name (eg Dynamique TomTom), which include sat-nav. If you need maximum space, however, the Citroen below or the Peugeot above may be more suitable.

4. Citroen Grand C4 Picasso

Used Citroen Grand C4 Picasso deals from £9,298
Monthly finance from £145

The Grand C4 Picasso proves seven-seat cars don't have to be worthy but dull. It looks refreshingly different both outside and inside, where the interior is light and airy.

Fortunately, practicality isn’t forgotten with the big Picasso boasting individual passenger seats (three spacious ones in the middle, each with Isofix child seat mounting points, and two relatively large ones behind). Fold all the seats down and there’s 2,181 litres of load space.

Most used models are diesel-powered, but there are usually a handful of petrol models to choose from.

5. Ford Grand C-Max

Used Ford Grand C-Max deals from £8,277
Monthly finance from £142

Often, seven-seat cars are great at carrying people and large loads but bounce over bumps and lean in corners makin them feel like a van to drive. The Ford Grand C-Max is different. It's a versatile and practical seven-seater but feels like a hatchback from behind the wheel.

The steering is direct and lets you know exactly what the front wheels are doing. The suspension is comfortable but the car resists leaning in corners well so your kids shouldn't get car sick. Grip is strong and reassuring and the turbocharged 1.0-litre Ecoboost petrol and 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre diesel engines are powerful and economical.

6. Kia Carens

Used Kia Carens deals from £7,750
Monthly finance from £145

Not only is this the cheapest seven-seater here for its age but the Kia Carens also has reasonable levels of versatility and practicality. All seven seats are individual; the middle seats slide and fold; and the outer ones at least are roomy.

The rearmost seats are really only big enough for children but there’s more room back there than you’ll find in a Vauxhall Zafira Tourer or Renault Grand Scenic. When not in use the seats can be folded into the floor.

The one petrol engine lacks oomph so you're better off with diesel, which provides a good balance of power and economy. Should anything go awry, you’ve the reassurance of Kia’s seven-year warranty - which is a great benefit should you buy a car that's three years old or more, where in most cases you'd have no manufacturer warranty cover left.

 

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