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Best seven-seater cars

There are plenty of great seven-seat cars available, with loads of room for everyone, that are also practical, fun to drive, and comfortable. Here are our favourites.

Words by: First published: 18th January 2018
If you’ve got a big family, you might be worried about the prospect of having to buy a car that’s boring, no fun to drive, uncomfortable, not big enough, or all of the above. Don't be. There are plenty of great seven-seat cars available, which deliver in all these areas.

So if you're looking for a car with an extra couple of seats, our pick of the best seven-seaters are:
  • Land Rover Discovery – the multi-purpose one
  • Ford S-Max – the entertaining one
  • Skoda Kodiaq – the affordable one
  • Seat Alhambra – the practical one
  • Tesla Model S – the environmentally-friendly one
Land Rover Discovery – the multi-purpose one
The Land Rover Discovery is a car that can do it all. It’ll transport seven people in comfort and luxury, double as a removal van, get you further into the wilderness than pretty much any rival, and it won’t look out of place somehwere fancy. Each of the seven seats is an individual chair that’s set higher than the one in front, so everyone gets a good view out. The rearmost five seats can be folded electrically using either the touch-screen system, a cluster of switches in the boot, or a smartphone app. And they go completely flat. A six-foot adult can sit happily in any seat, and access is easy. Even if you're carrying seven, there’s loads of storage around for odds and ends, and you can get up to nine USB ports, depending on your trim level.
Ford S-Max – the entertaining one
If you need to ferry a lot of people around, but you’d like to enjoy doing it, the Ford S-Max is a great choice. It has seven individual chairs, with the rearmost folding flush into the floor and having all sorts of sliding and reclining options, so it’s clever and versatile. However, the really great thing about the S-Max is how enjoyable it is to drive. It changes direction really keenly, with lots of grip and tight control over body movements. And the steering is responsive, accurate and nicely weighted. But to top it all off, it’s comfortable as well, so while you’re enjoying yourself driving, everyone else will stay happy, too.
Skoda Kodiaq – the affordable one
The Skoda Kodiaq is a rare thing... It’s a big SUV with a premium image, space for seven, loads of equipment, and a high-quality interior, but a low price. Families will be well catered for with its roomy and practical cabin, but drivers will not be disappointed, either, with good handling and a strong engine line-up. Entry-level Kodiaqs come with five seats, but a third row of chairs are optional on SE versions, and standard on the SE L and Edition models. Children will be absolutely fine for space in the back row, but it will be a squeeze for adults. There’s plenty of leg- and headroom for those in the middle seats, though, and these chairs also slide and recline. On top of this, there are some nice touches including a powered tailgate, umbrellas in each of the front doors, and a removable LED torch in the boot.
Seat Alhambra – the practical one
What the Seat Alhambra lacks in style, it more than makes up for in size. And if you want to maximise size, boxy is best, and that's definitely what the Alhambra is, which helps make it one of the finest seven-seaters money can buy. There’s plenty of room for seven – including three separate chairs in the middle row so three adults will be more than happy – and it even has a decent amount of boot space when all seven seats are in place. Getting everyone in and out is easy, too, even in tight parking spaces, thanks to the sliding rear doors. On top of that, the cabin is well-equipped, and the driving experience is comfortable and easy.
Tesla Model S – the environmentally-friendly one
The untouchable electric range makes the Tesla Model S the only electric car many buyers could genuinely consider. What's more, the technology on board has to be experienced to be believed, and being both practical and fantastic to drive, it plays multiple roles with a polish that few other cars can match. And if you’re looking to transport seven, without using petrol or diesel, there are basically no other options, other than a Tesla Model X. So if you want a car that’s fast, fun, stylish, luxurious, and capable of seating seven people – with the optional rear-facing jump seats the kids will love – and you want to reap the financial and green benefits of electric motoring, the Model S could be for you.