Best used 7-seater cars

Room for seven plus their luggage, the best used 7-seater cars can do it all

James Wilson
Apr 15, 2019

Whether necessity or desirability is driving your decision to buy a car with seven-seats, there are some bargains to be had on the second-hand market.

The best seven-seaters look great, offer bags of practicality and in select cases, even offer a rewarding driving experience.

Their raison d'être of course, is the third row of seats in the boot. Normally these will fold flat into the floor, providing motorists with huge amounts of boot space - some of those below boast around 1,900 litres of luggage capacity. To put that into context, that’s around 600 litres larger than a Volkswagen Golf.

Niceties such as parking sensors and cameras which help deal with the larger proportions of a seven-seater are commonplace, while Bluetooth, sat nav and Apple CarPlay help the miles pass when you are packed to the rafters with noisy whippersnappers.

Previously, if you wanted seven seats you would have had to have opted for an MPV, but a lot of buyers have shifted to SUVs as of late. These tend to have a whiff of off-roader about them, despite many have nothing more than a raised ride height to aid in off-road driving.

  

Best used seven-seater cars

 

1. Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer

Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer deals from £14,295
Finance from £190 per month

Citroen renamed its C4 people carriers in 2018, replacing ‘Picasso’ with ‘SpaceTourer’. There were no major engineering changes during the nomenclature update, so if you are considering a Picasso, there is reason to consider a SpaceTourer and vice versa.

There are other seven-seat people carriers including the Renault Grand Scenic, but the Grand C4 SpaceTourer gets the breed spot on with its mix of funky, family-friendly styling and practicality, with a comfy ride and economical diesel engines. The rear seats are cramped for adults but children will be happy enough. Fold them away and you’ve 600 litres of luggage space too.
Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer buying guide

2. Skoda Kodiaq

Skoda Kodiaq deals from £20,000
Finance from £299 per month

The Skoda Kodiaq picks up where the popular Yeti left off, only with even more practicality and the option of seven seats.

The range consists of petrol and diesel engines (which, depending on spec can come with a manual or automatic gearbox) along with two and four-wheel drive variants. The rear seats are best suited for children and young teenagers, but like a few others on this list, the middle seats can be slid forward to make shorter journeys for adults in the back bearable.

With all the seats up you will have 270 litres of luggage capacity possibly calling for an investment in a roof box. Fold the rearmost seats down and you can enjoy 560 to 765 litres depending on where the sliding seats rest.
Skoda Kodiaq buying guide

3. Ford Galaxy

Ford Galaxy deals from £14,099
Finance from £215 per month

Ford’s big people carrier is not as stylish as its sister car, the S-Max, but if its rearmost seats fit for grown-ups you’re looking for, it’s the one to buy. A neat party trick is the way these back seats fold electrically at the press of a button. With the seats up, the boot is a useful 300 litres but just folding the rearmost seats creates 1,301 litres of load space.

The Galaxy was facelifted in 2015 when it became more refined with a comfier ride. It also gained a well-equipped media system and, importantly for a family car, extra safety kit including an intelligent speed limiter that can spot speed signs and automatically adjust your speed.
Ford Galaxy buying guide

4. Volvo XC90

Volvo XC90 deals from £28,990
Finance from £396 per month

The big XC90 is a genuine seven-seater with third-row seats easily capable of accepting a couple of grown-ups. That said, those less vertically challenged may prefer the extra space available in the middle row.

Also, legroom isn't quite sufficient in the rearmost seats to class them as out and out comfy. The view is good, though, as it is throughout the XC90 thanks to theatre-style seating.

A common criticism of seven-seaters is a lack of boot space when the rearmost seats are being used. Happily, in the XC90’s case, there’s still 451 litres of space in which to load cases. Travelling two up? Fold the five seats down and there’s 1,951 litres of load space.
Volvo XC90 buying guide

5. Kia Sorento 

Kia Sorento deals from £17,495
Finance from £287 per month

New Sorentos are sold with a seven-year warranty, meaning that even the oldest current-generation models launched in 2015 have three years’ cover remaining.

Unlike those in many rivals, the rearmost seats can actually accommodate grown-ups. The only problem is getting into them. It’s a bit of squeeze because the middle-row seats don't tip and fold far enough, and the door apertures are quite narrow.
Kia Sorento buying guide

6. Land Rover Discovery Sport

Land Rover Discovery Sport deals from £18,444
Finance from £253 per month

Apart from the base model, which has five, seven seats are standard across the Discovery Sport range. It’s a genuinely versatile car: an upmarket SUV, mud-plugging off-roader and people carrier in one.

It’s also very comfortable on-road with good body control in corners, so no one should get travel sick. It’s not perfect, though. Those rear seats are only big enough for small children. Also, look for a model with a reversing camera because the rear window is quite small.
Land Rover Discovery Sport buying guide

7. Hyundai Santa Fe

Hyundai Santa Fe deals from £14,299
Finance from £223 per month

You can't talk about a Hyundai without first mentioning its generous five-year new car warranty. It means that Santa Fes going back as far as 2015 will still have a year’s cover left. The model we are recommending here was recently replaced with a new one, which, if anything, should help you scoop up a bargain.

That’s just one of the model’s attractions. Another is its seven-seat versatility, although in common with many others of its type, those rearmost seats are fit only for small children. They’re difficult to access, too.

If it’s to be pressed into service as a caravan tow car it’s good to know it can tow up to 2500kg. Look for a model with the optional Trailer Stability Assist fitted for extra-safe towing. All models are four-wheel drive but it’s a part-time system so there’s no real economy penalty, but there is reassuringly better grip when you need it.
Hyundai Santa Fe buying guide

8. BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer

BMW 2 Series Grand Tourer deals from £13,000
Finance from £170 per month

The BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer seems to fit well with the type of people who have retired. It’s upmarket enough to fit in at the bowls club but practical enough to cram the latest additions to your family in from time to time.

The rearmost seats are best suited to younger children, but by fiddling with the middle row’s positioning you can create enough space for the average adult to fit in the back (albeit for shorter journeys). At its maximum there is 1,820 litres of boot space to play with and with all the seats in the upright position you will still have a decent 560 litres to play with.
BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer buying guide

9. Ssangyong Rexton 

Ssangyong isn’t a very well known brand here in the UK but it leads the market (along with Kia) when it comes to car warranties.

Previously it made fairly oddball cars with styling best described as ‘individual’. Today, however, they offer some genuinely appealing cars packed with kit for affordable prices and they all come with a 7-year/150,000-mile warranty.

As this level of cover was only introduced across the range recently, used car offerings are slim, but if you can find a second hand Rexton you should be getting a big slice of warranty, seven seats, tons of space and excellent levels of kit.

10. Nissan X-Trail 

Nissan X-Trail deals from £10,890
Finance from £164 per month

If you like the current Qashqai, and many people do, but need a little extra space with seven-seat versatility, the X-Trail is worth a look. The problem is, those seats were a £1,000 option new, so not every used X-Trail has them. They’re really only suitable for small children, too. At least the middle row of seats slides back and forth, so there is the possibility to increase legroom.

Nissan claims there are 18 different seating configurations, so the X-Trail is very versatile. The seats are tiered like a theatre, too, so everyone enjoys a good view. With the rearmost seats folded the boot is a generous 565 litres but fold the middle row away and there’s a massive 1,996 litres of luggage room.
Nissan X-Trail buying guide

         

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