Best eight-seater cars for sale

If having plenty of space in your car is paramount, you won't find anything bigger than these 8-seater cars for sale on BuyaCar

James Wilson
Nov 25, 2021

If you're looking for a car with plenty of space for passengers, your best bet is probably going to be a good old-fashioned people carrier. But even the largest people carriers tend to only have seats for up to seven incumbents, so if you need any more than that, you might hit a problem.

The good news is that there is a small selection of vehicles available that do offer enough space for eight people - and they come in the shape of vans that have been converted into passenger cars. With unmatched levels of space and practicality along with very reasonable running costs considering their size, these cars can tick an awful lot of boxes, while still remaining a 'car' to all intents and purposes.

Considering this might not be the most in-demand section of the car market, it is catered for by a fairly strong line-up of options from a variety of manufacturers. If you're sticking to the used market you'll find that prices are pretty competitive, but you won't have to spend hours comparing a vast array of different models like you would if you were hunting for a family hatchback.

Bear in mind however that cars like this could have been put to use in a variety of ways during their lifetime. One may have racked up a few thousand miles as a taxi, while another might have spent its days filled with muddy footballers trawling all over the country. So it's likely that condition is going to be model specific, and therefore prices can be somewhat variable. Having a good grasp of a car's history will help you decide if the value is good or not.

Best used eight-seater cars

1. Toyota Proace Verso

Best eight-seater all-rounder

Used deals Limited stock

The Toyota Proace Verso is part of a triplet of basically identical eight-seater vehicles – the other two being the Citroen SpaceTourer and Peugeot Traveller. Much like its siblings, which are also featured on this list, the Proace Verso manages to insert a family car feel into what is actually a very large and van-like space. From behind the wheel, it feels as though you could be driving any other large family car.

It's available in three sizes labeled as 'Compact', 'Medium' and 'Long'. The shortest measures up at just over 4.6 metres long, with the Medium model measuring 35cm longer, and the Long version stretching a further 35cm to total just over 5.3 metres. In practical terms, Compact versions will seat eight passengers with little space for much luggage, Medium versions will offer more boot space akin to what you'd find in a large estate car, while Long models offer 977 litres of boot space for a huge amount of luggage.

What makes the Toyota Proace Verso stand out from it's two nearest rivals is a long, five-year/100,000-mile warranty, which means second-hand buyers can get hold of two or even three-year-old models and still benefit from a good few years of protection.

When hunting for vehicles on the used market, Family spec medium models are one of the best to go for. Diesel is your only option when it comes to fuel (although that is par for the course when it comes to eight-seater cars), but you do have the choice of a manual or automatic gearbox if you can find them.

2. Hyundai i800

Best eight-seater for five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty

Used deals from £14,750
Monthly finance from £312*

While some of the eight-seaters on this list offer a car-like driving experience, which hides their van-based roots, the Hyundai i800 does not. What the i800 does offer, though, is great value for money and a nice long five-year warranty from new. Like its rivals, the i800 is cavernous inside as well.

Hyundai updated the styling of the i800 towards the end of 2018, so you can choose between the newer or the older version on the used market. The update didn't include any dramatic revolutions in terms of engines or the interior, but as you would expect the newer version has a more modern appearance similar to that of the Proace Verso and its siblings. Entry-level SE variants are okay for those who are trying to find an eight-seater without it costing the earth, while SE Nav models offer a bit more in the way of equipment including automatic headlights, a very handy reversing camera and a seven-inch display with sat-nav.

All models come with a 2.5-litre diesel engine, but you do have a choice of manual or automatic gearboxes, with the latter pulling more power out of the engine if you're looking for a bit more punch.

3. Citroen SpaceTourer

Best eight-seater low used prices

Used deals from £18,995
Monthly finance from £331*

The Citroen SpaceTourer is a cracking eight-seater car thanks to the fact it boasts all the practicality of its van-based roots, yet manages to offer motorists a driving experience close to that of a traditional car – this sounds like a certain Toyota Proace.

When hunting around on the used market, you will have to opt for a diesel because there are no petrol options. The 150hp BlueHDi unit offers the best combination of performance and running costs. As for choice of trim level, Feel models are one of the sweeter spots in the range for a balance of price and equipment.

Your options don’t end there, though. You can choose between XS, M and XL models, which follow the same sizing pattern as the Toyota Proace model lengths, with XS being the shortest and XL being the longest. M is the best of both worlds when it comes to everyday usability and space, but XL is better for transporting eight people and lots of luggage, while XS is best for those who only occasionally need eight-seats or don’t need any space for luggage.

4. Mercedes-Benz V-Class

Best eight-seater for upmarket motoring

Used deals from £48,980
Monthly finance from £874*

If you are after a more upmarket eight-seater vehicle then the Mercedes V-Class could be for you. Yes, compared to other options on this list, prices range from the slightly expensive to extremely expensive, but opting for a used car deal can at least take some of the pain from your bank account.

It is important to note that the entry-level ‘Standard’ length V-Class only comes with seating for seven, but 'Long' and 'Extra-long' models pack enough space for eight. The interior of the V-Class is really what helps set it off from its rivals and goes some way to justify the price, with soft-touch materials in plentiful supply and stylish touches such as Mercedes’ attractive turbine-style air vents.

The V-Class was launched in 2015 and updated in 2019, but it is the older model that dominates the second-hand market. Irrespective of age, your only choice is a V-Class with an automatic gearbox and a diesel engine. As for the best trim to look for, all models come well equipped, making entry-level Sport versions arguably the best option seeing as they are the most affordable.

5. Peugeot Traveller

Best eight-seater for standard equipment

Used deals from £26,684
Monthly finance from £457*

The Peugeot Traveller shares most of its mechanical parts with the Toyota Proace and Citroen SpaceTourer, so choosing which is best will largely be decided by which one you prefer the look of. Aside from styling, you get the same great levels of practicality and also a decent driving experience.

When it comes to which models to look for on the second-hand market, you once again get a choice of three sizes, with the choice being yours as to how much luggage space you require. As for trim level, Peugeot doesn’t offer a super-basic Traveller, so all models come relatively well equipped. Even so, Active models are the ones we recommend hunting down, because these feature climate control, rear privacy glass and a seven-inch media display.

*Representative PCP finance - Ford Fiesta:

48 monthly payments of £192
Deposit: £0
Mileage limit: 8,000 per year
Optional final payment to buy car: £2,923
Total amount payable to buy car: £11,926
Total cost of credit: £2,426
Amount borrowed: £9,500
APR: 9.9%

Buyacar is a credit broker, not a lender. Our rates start from 6.9% APR. The rate you are offered will depend on your individual circumstances.

 

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