Big cars can be incredibly useful for families. They provide more space and practicality, and they come with extra seats as well.
7-seat cars tend to be rather popular with larger family groups, but the huge extra space makes them attractive to smaller families too.
With SUVs and MPVs dominating the 7-seat market, here are 10 of the best currently on sale in the UK.
The Czech firm’s largest offering is an impressive piece of kit no matter how you look at it. Fitted with 2 seats in the rear that fold flat when you don’t need them, the Kodiaq also comes with almost all of the equipment you’d need in a family car.
Even with all the seats in place, boot space is 231 litres. And folding the rearmost chairs down gives an impressive 720 litres of space.Starting from just £25,775, the Kodiaq is one of the best family cars out there.
At the more premium end of the market, Volvo is one of the best brands for families to choose from. The XC90 is its largest model, and it comes with a high-end finish as well as plenty of passenger space.
Starting from £52,235, the XC90 comes with a choice of petrol and diesel engines, as well as a powerful petrol-electric hybrid powertrain. And it’s impressively kitted out, with leather upholstery, a large touchscreen infotainment system and high-end materials.
Land Rover Discovery
With off-roading pedigree from an illustrious history, Land Rover’s Discovery – now in its 5thgeneration – is an icon of the SUV market. The size of the model allows for loads of passenger and storage space – 1,137 litres with the rear seats folded down – while the equipment on offer makes the Discovery a fantastic overall package.
Although the exterior design won’t please everyone, the interior is perfect for families, with more than 15 storage bins and pockets.And with the Terrain Response system on-hand, the SUV, starting from £47,745, can go almost anywhere.
Established as a top-end SUV since the early 2000s, the BMW X5 is also a practical option for families. There’s lots of head and legroom for passengers – and the storage space is also very impressive.
With the third row folded down, the 650-litre boot is well-sized, while the premium finish means the cabin is on the same level as market rivals like Mercedes and Volvo. Prices for the X5 start from £57,640, and it’s arguably one of the best SUVs to drive thanks to BMW focusing on driver involvement for most of its vehicles.
Citroen Grand C4 Spacetourer
The French firm has continued to focus on making its vehicles as comfortable as possible. So, with the 7-seat Grand C4 Spacetourer, it’s no surprise that all occupants will be cossetted on longer journeys thanks to comfort suspension as well as plenty of space.
By folding the rearmost seats down, you can get up to 793 litres of boot space if you slide the second row forward. But if you need maximum possible space for carrying kit, you can fold more seats down for access to an excellent 2,181 litres. Prices for the Spacetourer start from £26,560.
Like its smaller sibling the Sharan, the Touran is an MPV through and through, and has been part of the Volkswagen range since 2003. With plenty of space for drivers and passengers, the Touran has 927 litres of boot space when the rear seats aren’t in use (137 litres when they are).
Models start from £27,750 and come with air conditioning, roof rails, an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen and Bluetooth as standard – while the interior build quality means that it’s built to last.
Fitted with efficient and powerful engines, the S-Max is an MPV that’s much sportier than usual. It has 285 litres of boot space when all seats are in place, and can be extended to an impressive 965-litre load room.
With a mid-life update last year, Ford gave the S-Max extra driver assists, such as intelligent speed assist, cross traffic alert and lane keeping assist. And it also comes fitted with the brand’s Sync3 infotainment system. Prices start from £26,910.
Released this year, the latest Mercedes GLS is crammed with all the SUV tech you’d expect. A widescreen infotainment and instrument display, Burmester sound system, driver assistance systems and parking assists are all fitted to the GLS.
From £73,540, customers can get their hands on one of the best overall SUVs around. Mercedes also offer the GLS with a chassis that can cope with both on- and off-road conditions with ease.
Now fitted with mild-hybrid technology for improved efficiency, the new Q7 remains one of the best SUVs around. There’s plenty of storage space even when the additional seats in the rear are in use.
Fitted with a large amount of tech, such as a digital instrument panel, twin central touchscreens and Matrix LED headlights, the Q7 is one of the most advanced SUVs around. Prices start from £48,675.
Tesla Model X
With the electric car market continuing to grow, it’s only fair to include the Tesla Model X. The 7-seater comes with SUV-like styling and plenty of interesting kit as standard. And with no engine or transmission tunnel to take up space, there’s so much interior room on offer.
The Model X also comes with autonomous driving hardware, with future technology you could even let the car do most of the driving for you. Prices for the Model X start from £82,200.