Best seven-seater 4x4s

Need a large and capable off-roader with four-wheel drive? We've tracked down the best SUVs that can carry seven people in comfort

Sam Naylor
Jun 29, 2021

It wasn’t long ago that most seven-seater cars were practical people carriers, which prioritised space over style, but times have changed and now most drivers who need a car with more space for passengers are interested in high-riding off-roaders.

We’ve already looked at some practical road-biased SUVs with seven seats in our article on the best seven-seater SUVs, but here we’re going to take a look at some models that use four-wheel drive to deliver some actual off-road ability.

Not all of the cars on this list are die-hard all-terrain tanks, as the vast majority of modern SUVs are designed to be good to drive on the road first and foremost, and to have some ability on rough surfaces as a second consideration.

Some brands, such as Land Rover, continue to build on their history of making great off-road cars that also work on the road. Subaru is another example of a carmaker that continues to produce cars that work on tough terrain while also being good to drive on the road, although Subaru doesn’t make any seven-seater cars so won’t appear here.

For most people, off-road ability will mainly be used for traversing rural car parks, farm tracks or maybe some snow in the winter. That’s why we’ve also included some models that aren’t necessarily as rugged, but offer a better balance between practicality and off-road ability, thanks to a more spacious cabin that’s suited to carrying seven people in comfort.

Read on to find out our recommendations of the best seven-seater 4x4s available now on BuyaCar. There are cars for a range of budgets here, so there should be something for anyone looking for a seven-seater 4x4.

Best 4x4s with seven seats

1. Land Rover Discovery

Best seven-seater 4x4 for all-round ability

Our pick Land Rover Discovery 3.0 TDV6 SE
Used deals from £38,990
Monthly finance from £572*

The Land Rover Discovery isn’t the most affordable seven-seater 4x4 around, nor is it likely to be the cheapest to run. But in just about any other area, it’s just about unmatched. Not only is it one of the best off-roaders with seven seats, it’s also an incredibly comfortable and quiet road car.

It has room for lots of luggage even with all seven seats in place, and the luxurious cabin means it’s a great place to spend time. The quiet and smooth V6 engine is perfect for long trips, or there’s a smaller 2.0-litre diesel unit if you prefer to save a bit of cash on fuel.

The Discovery looks the part inside and out, and thanks to clever use of technology including systems that automatically compensate for different surfaces, it’s a fantastic choice if you really do intend to use your seven-seater off-road.

LAND ROVER DISCOVERY BUYERS' GUIDE

2. Skoda Kodiaq

Best seven-seater 4x4 for family life

Our pick Skoda Kodiaq 2.0 TDI 4x4 Edition
Used deals from £21,995
Monthly finance from £339*

The Skoda Kodiaq is a great example of a seven-seater 4x4 that is more focused on family life than off-road ability. It does come with four-wheel drive and the punchy diesel engine and off-road driving modes mean that it’s more capable than you might think, though.

The 2.0-litre 'TDI' engine is very strong but also economical, and there’s lots of space inside. Getting into the rear seats isn’t as easy as in some cars but kids and relatively agile adults will manage fine, and there’s a huge boot and lots of tech in the cabin to enjoy.

The Kodiaq is also very comfortable on the road, so it works well as an everyday family car. It’s also been rated highly by experts when it comes to towing a caravan or trailer, which could be an important selling point for some drivers.

Make sure that you are buying a seven-seat version if you're after a Kodiaq with maximum practicality, as there are some available with only five seats.

SKODA KODIAQ BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Toyota Land Cruiser

Best seven-seater 4x4 for dependability

Our pick Toyota Land Cruiser 2.8 D-4D Invincible 4x4
Used deals Limited stock

The Toyota Land Cruiser isn’t a widely-available used car because owners tend to buy them and keep hold of them for a very long time. This is because they’re one of the most reliable and durable off-roaders around.

Designed for the wilds of Africa, Australia and anywhere else, the Land Cruiser has enjoyed popularity with serious off-road enthusiasts for decades. It’s a seven-seater too, and if we were heading into the wilderness with only one car to rely on, this would be it.

The Land Cruiser isn’t as good to drive on the road or as comfortable as the Land Rover Discovery, and it’s also more expensive, so it won’t be for everyone. It’s also not as well equipped as other more modern alternatives, but when it comes to reliability and genuine off-road prowess, there’s very little else like it.

TOYOTA LAND CRUISER BUYERS' GUIDE

4. SsangYong Rexton

Best seven-seater 4x4 for value

Our pick SsangYong Rexton 2.2 Ultimate automatic
Used deals Limited stock

SsangYong isn’t exactly a household name, but it’s only a matter of time before cars like the great-value Rexton start to gain a dedicated following. The latest Rexton is the best yet, but all versions have seven seats and are good off-roaders.

The Rexton uses similar engineering to the Musso pick-up truck. Pick-ups are designed for heavy use on tough terrain which means the Rexton is nearly as good, yet it has a more pleasant interior and seven useful seats to fit in the whole family.

Go for the newest model you can afford, because the more recent versions come with a really impressive amount of equipment including an excellent touchscreen media system with full smartphone connectivity, plus kit like heated and cooled seats on higher-spec Ultimate models.

The 2.2-litre diesel engine is a bit rough and ready, and the automatic gearbox isn’t the smoothest. However, the Rexton is great for heavy-duty tasks like towing or trips to the dump, so it's well worth considering if value is high on your wishlist.

5. Mitsubishi Shogun Sport

Best seven-seater 4x4 for pick-up fans

Our pick Mitsubishi Shogun Sport 2.4D 4 automatic
Used deals Limited stock

A pick-up truck is often the best option if you are looking to head off-road and carry gear with you, but that’s not really an option if you need seven seats. Luckily there are some cars, such as the Mitsubishi Shogun Sport, that are based on trucks but have space for seven.

The Shogun Sport is not a good choice if you spend more time on-road than off, because it’s uncomfortable and unpleasant to drive on the tarmac. Yet it’s nearly as good off-road as the Mitsubishi L200 truck it’s based on, with proper locking differentials and low-range gears for really serious all-terrain travel.

The Shogun Sport isn’t great value for what it is, but there aren’t a huge amount of choices if you need a pick-up-based seven-seater. The 2.4-litre diesel engine is really rough and noisy but it’s certainly likely to be incredibly reliable over hundreds of thousands of miles, as long as you service it regularly.

MITSUBISHI SHOGUN SPORT BUYERS' GUIDE

6. Land Rover Discovery Sport

Best seven-seater 4x4 for style and value

Our pick Land Rover Discovery Sport 2.0 TD4 SE
Used deals from £22,000
Monthly finance from £350*

The Land Rover Discovery is a brilliant seven-seater 4x4 but it’s too expensive for some - so why not consider the Discovery Sport instead. This is a smaller car but it’s still available with seven seats, and it’s nearly as good at off-roading.

Like the Discovery, the Discovery Sport is just as good for the road, so it’s a really good choice if your budget is a bit tighter. It’s comfortable and enjoyable to drive, and the cabin is luxurious and feels high quality. There’s plenty of technology inside, although the media system on the dashboard has a reputation for being a bit slow to load.

It’s not as roomy as its larger Land Rover sibling, and the rearmost seats are a little tight even for kids, but thanks to its punchy but efficient engines, great cabin, smooth driving experience, smart looks and off-road ability, the Discovery Sport makes a really appealing choice if you’re looking for a seven-seat 4x4.

LAND ROVER DISCOVERY SPORT BUYERS' GUIDE

7. Nissan X-Trail

Best seven-seater 4x4 for running costs

Our pick Nissan X-Trail 1.6 dCi Tekna 4WD
Used deals from £15,058
Monthly finance from £239*

The Nissan X-Trail is another example, like the Skoda Kodiaq above, of a car that’s much more focused on being a good seven-seater SUV than an off-roader that happens to have seven seats.

It has some off-road ability in four-wheel drive form, especially as it has a reasonably high ride height that should mean it can take rough farm tracks or festival car parks in its stride. However, it’s much better as a road car, as it’s comfortable and smooth on the tarmac.

The 1.6-litre diesel engine in the X-Trail is strong enough for towing if you need it, but its main benefit is low running costs. This version of the X-Trail should prove cheaper to run than most of the other heavy SUVs on this list, but it still has seven seats and while the rearmost ones are only suitable for kids, that’s what most owners of seven-seaters tend to use them for anyway. The X-Trail is also one of the cheaper cars to buy on this list, which means it’s also pretty good value.

NISSAN X-TRAIL BUYERS' GUIDE

8. Range Rover Sport

Best seven-seater 4x4 for luxury

Our pick Range Rover Sport 3.0 SDV6 HSE
Used deals from £40,880
Monthly finance from £735*

A Range Rover Sport is often seen as a car bought by city dwellers, and while that may be true, it doesn’t mean the car isn’t good as an off-roader. It’s actually incredibly capable over tough terrain, although the large alloys and side skirts on some of the sportier-looking trim levels don’t work in your favour if you’re heading off-road.

We’d go for a more unassuming HSE model with the luxurious 3.0-litre diesel engine, which is smooth and powerful. It suits the relaxing driving experience, because on the tarmac the Range Rover Sport is really comfortable and quiet. It’s also roomy inside and has a fantastic cabin that looks very upmarket.

In fact, the Range Rover Sport is the best choice if you want luxury, and it’s loaded with technology as well. This helps it off-road too, thanks to things like self-levelling suspension and electronic traction control configured to help the driver out on various surfaces. However, the Range Rover Sport still makes more sense as an upmarket road car, because a Land Rover Discovery is a better off-roader at a slightly more affordable price.

RANGE ROVER SPORT BUYERS' GUIDE

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