Cheapest seven-seat cars

Seven seats and plenty of storage space from just over £7,000: the cheapest seven-seat cars

John Evans
Nov 12, 2018

For little more than half the price of a Ford Fiesta, you could upgrade to a grand family wagon, with seven seats, storage space galore and enough versatility for most jobs.

All of the cars listed here are five years old or less, and are among the 3055 seven-seat vehicles currently on sale at BuyaCar. New car prices start from just under £20,000 before discounts.

Most of the cheapest cars on the market are people carriers, with a boxy minibus-style design. These start at £6,442 on BuyaCar, or from £115 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 design and car-like driving experience. If you want seven seats and a large boot, you'll also need 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.

Scroll down for the cheapest new and used seven-seat cars currently available or click below to search for all seven-seater deals.

Cheapest used seven-seat cars

1. Vauxhall Zafira Tourer

Latest Vauxhall Zafira Tourer deals from £7,680
Finance from £133 per month

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.

The design is also reasonably stylish - as people carriers go - looking more like a large estate car than a boxy minibus.

 

Peugeot 5008

Latest Peugeot 5008 deals from £8,695
Finance from £156 per month

Put aside the Peugeot 5008's dated design and you have a people carrier that's still competitive against more modern alternatives, despite ending production in 2017.

It's 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.

At the front, 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.

 

Renault Grand Scenic

Latest Renault Grand Scenic deals from £9,000
Finance from £150 per month

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 a child seat with a supporting leg.

With the rear two seats folded flat, the boot is 596 litres in size. It's versatile, practical and great value for money. Look out for car with TomTom in their name (eg Dynamique TomTom), which include sat-nav.

 

Citroen Grand C4 Picasso

Latest Citroen Grand C4 Picasso deals from £9,499
Finance from £153 per month

The C4 Grand Picasso proves seven-seat cars don't have to be worthy but dull. It looks refreshingly different 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. 

 

Ford Grand C-Max

Latest Ford Grand C-Max deals from £8,999
Finance from £149 per month

Often, seven-seat cars are great at carrying people and large loads but bounce over bumps and lean in corners. 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 carsick. Grip is strong and reassuring and the 1.0-litre Ecoboost petrol and 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre diesel engines are powerful and economical.

 

Cheapest new seven seat cars

Kia Carens

List price £19,350
Latest used Kia Carens deals from £9,495
Finance from £167 per month

Not only is it the cheapest seven-seater here 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 rear 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.

 

Vauxhall Zafira Tourer

List price £20,215
Latest used Vauxhall Zafira deals from £7,680
Finance from £133 per month

The Zafira Tourer is a great-value, seven-seater, which has just ended production. However, you can still find nearly-new Zafira Tourers with low mileages for under £20,000.

The rearmost seats fold easily into the floor while the middle row slides, tumbles and folds (its centre seat can also be stowed). These middle-row seats have two sets of Isofix child seat mounting points.

The car is available with a 1.4-litre petrol engine that's powerful but not particularly economical. The 1.6-diesel is a more popular option, with improved fuel economy and quiet performance: Vauxhall calls it a "Whisper diesel".

The car was updated in 2016, with new styling (shown above). Design is the cheapest trim level but you’ll still find alloy wheels, air conditioning, a digital radio and a 7in touchscreen with Bluetooth for wirelessly connecting your phone.

 

SsangYong Turismo

List price £20,995

The name may not be familiar but the second you see a Turismo you’ll recognise it. The design isn't really at the cutting edge.

Inside it turns the usual seating configuration on its head with two seats in the centre and three in the back. The centre ones tips, slide and fold, and can even fully recline to form a bed with the rearmost as well as front seats. The rear seats can also be folded into the floor.

Crucially, those rearmost seats are roomy enough for adult passengers; not something you can say of most seven-seat cars.

There’s a choice of two, 2.2-litre diesels and there is also a four-wheel drive model. All this and it comes with a Kia-rivalling seven-year warranty, too.

 

Citroen C4 SpaceTourer

List price £21,125
Latest used Citroen C4 SpaceTourer deals from £17,777
Finance from £270 per month

Citroen changed the name of the C4 Grand Picasso to the C4 SpaceTourer in 2018. Otherwise, it’s business as usual with the SpaceTourer having one of the most versatile seven-seat interiors on the market.

Storage solutions abound. The middle seats are individual, with the outer ones able to flip up cinema-style to allow passengers into the rear. Unusually, in this market, all three seats are the same width and have Isofix child seat mounting points.

Space is good in the middle row but tighter in the rearmost seats. These fold into the floor easily to create ample boot space. With both rows folded there’s an impressive 2,181 litres of load room.

Being a Citroen, the SpaceTourer is a very comfortable rather than sporty car to drive. The Pure Tech 130 is the best petrol engine but our pick is the Blue HDi 120 diesel.

 

Peugeot 5008

List price £23,320
Latest used Peugeot 5008 deals (current model) from £25,000
Finance from £364 per month

The latest Peugeot 5008 went on sale in 2017 with an all-new design and modern technology. The current car is a sport-utility vehicle (SUV), with the styling of an off-road vehicle and a car-like shape - only taller. Inside, there's a dual-screen dashboard that looks futuristic and is reasonably easy to use.

But the Peugeot retains the practicality of a people carrier: the middle row seats are individual affairs that slide, recline, tip and fold. The two rear ones fold into the floor when not in use. As with most cars on this page, adults will be squeezed in the back row.

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