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Top 10 best used 7-seater cars 2024

More seats doesn’t have to mean more expensive thanks to these great used seven-seater cars

Used 7-seater cars

If you’re on the hunt for a seven-seater car, it’s well worth your time investigating the used market. Not only will you avoid the sharp depreciation that affects new cars over the first year of ownership, but you may be able to find a discontinued model that suits your needs exactly. 

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Seven-seater cars have been around for a long time, but in recent years, carmakers have shifted their attention from MPVs to SUVs. As a result, there are few options left on the new car market for buyers who want a traditional seven-seater MPV. Look on the used market, however, and you’ll find plenty of options, our favourites of which you’ll find below.

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That being said, seven-seat SUVs still make for great family cars. The best ones are spacious, efficient and just as comfortable as their MPV counterparts. With more to choose from, we’ve included our top picks below. There’s even an electric option for those looking to cut their carbon emissions.

The best used seven-seater cars

Keep reading for our selection of the best seven-seater cars, or alternatively, check out our list of the cheapest new seven-seater cars on sale today. For a more general overview, you’ll want to read our list of the best seven-seater cars currently available.

Kia Sorento review – a great SUV now made even better

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4.3 out of 5

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As the winner of this year’s Carbuyer Best Used Large Family Car award, we think the Kia Sorento is the best seven-seater model if you’re avoiding the new car market. It may not have the van-like proportions of an MPV, but the Sorento still packs plenty of interior space, with a pair of rear seats that can accommodate adults for short trips.

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Most of the cars on this list have an industry-standard three-year warranty but buy a three-year-old Kia Sorento and you’ll still have four years or whatever remains of the 100,000 miles covered under Kia’s impressive warranty. That’s an immediate tick in the Sorento’s favour, and the good news continues with a quiet and relaxing driving experience, plus an excellent safety rating and a big boot.

This generation of Sorento came with a choice of hybrid, plug-in hybrid and diesel engines, meaning there should be a model out there to tickle everyone’s fancy. It’s never been a cheap car brand new, but turn to the used market and the Sorento offers pretty unbeatable value for money. A 2024 facelift brought new exterior styling and some updated interior tech, but we think the pre-facelift model offers the most bang for your buck.
 

Skoda Kodiaq SUV review (2016-2024)

Best Large Family Car: Skoda Kodiaq
Carbuyer rating

4 out of 5

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The first-generation Skoda Kodiaq won our Best Used Large Family Car at the Carbuyer Best Car Awards 2023 thanks to it being a spacious and practical vehicle that is also great to drive. Build quality is strong, so it should stand up to family life well, and the overall impression is of a very well-engineered car. Equipment is good, regardless of whether you pick the entry-level model or the range-topper – all versions come with alloy wheels, parking sensors, cruise control and an eight-inch infotainment touchscreen.

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The boot is still a usable size with all seven seats up, and absolutely enormous with the rearmost seats folded. While it’s not the most important thing about a seven-seat SUV, it’s a bonus that the Kodiaq is really good to drive too. The best of the bunch is probably the 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel, which when new offered a good mix of performance and economy (around 48mpg) and makes similarly good sense as a used buy. If you’re looking at used examples, it’s worth remembering that certain versions of the Kodiaq only have five seats. The Kodiaq also came sixth in our 2021 Driver Power survey.

With an all-new generation of Skoda Kodiaq now on sale, now looks like the right time to be shopping for a used example of the outgoing car.

Peugeot 5008 review - a capable and frugal 7-seater

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Carbuyer rating

4.1 out of 5

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The Peugeot 5008 used to be a good-looking but forgettable MPV, so for this current version the designers completely redrew the car and developed a much more attractive SUV. Looking like a scaled-up version of the Peugeot 3008, the 5008 has a longer rear to accommodate a third row of seats.

All trim levels get seven independent seats as standard and, like the Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer below, all three middle seats have ISOFIX points. The rear seats are tight, so they’re really only suitable for children, and there are annoying crevices between the middle seats when they’re folded down. Still, with the third row of seats down, cargo volume grows to 780 litres, giving it one of the largest boots on this list.

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We like Peugeot’s current interior design, although the small steering wheel is at odds with the size of the 5008. Its engines are shared across much of the Peugeot, Citroen and Vauxhall ranges, and offer a good blend of performance and economy (as much as 60mpg from the 129bhp 1.5 diesel) and the most powerful versions are automatic-only for a relaxing drive.

Citroën Grand C4 SpaceTourer MPV review (2013-2022)

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Carbuyer rating

3.8 out of 5

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MPVs all looked a bit plain and practical before the Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer came along but the French manufacturer has tried to rejuvenate the market with an injection of style. With its split-level headlights and funky detailing, we’ve previously named the Grand C4 SpaceTourer as one of the best-looking cars on sale.

It doesn’t get its place on this list based on style alone, however; the Grand C4 SpaceTourer is incredibly practical, comfortable, and very well-considered, with a range of economical engines offering as much as 60mpg combined in some variants. There’s lots of space between the front and middle row, plus each seat in the middle row is full-size and comes with its own ISOFIX child seat mounting points. With the third row of seats folded, the boot is massive at 632 litres, and you can make it even bigger by sliding the middle seats forward to free up 793 litres. Folding all the rear seats down, meanwhile, gives you an impressive 2,181 litres to play with. The interior features a number of storage cubbies and plenty of standard equipment, including air conditioning, cruise control and Bluetooth.

Volkswagen Touran MPV review

Volkswagen Touran MPV
Carbuyer rating

4.1 out of 5

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Forget the spaceship styling of the Citroen above, the Volkswagen Touran is a no-nonsense family car that nails the basics. Its MPV form factor provides excellent cabin space, while its strong range of petrol and diesel engines tick both performance and efficiency boxes. Importantly, build quality is excellent, and top-spec models get neat features like Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity and a voice amplification system to communicate with rear passengers. Basic cars come with a six-speed manual gearbox, but it won’t cost you much more on the used market for an example with the seven-speed DSG automatic. It’s smooth, boosts efficiency and is well worth paying for.

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There’s plenty of room for adults in the front two rows, although the rear pair of seats are best reserved for children. If you plan to travel short hops with two adults in the back, the middle row can slide forward to make some extra legroom for bigger passengers, but like every car on this list, we recommend trying before you buy. Fold the rear-most seats flat and the boot becomes a much more usable size, while dropping all the seats expands boot space to a van-rivalling 1,857 litres. For even more space, and some slightly roomier rear seats, you could take a look at the larger Volkswagen Sharan, instead.

Ford S-MAX MPV review

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Carbuyer rating

3.6 out of 5

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If you don’t want an MPV that looks like it could double up as a minibus, it might be worth checking out the Ford S-MAX. Its sloping roofline makes it look much more dynamic than many large MPVs, not least Ford’s own Galaxy. However, this does affect practicality slightly – the rearmost seats are best thought of as occasional, for children or shorter trips – so a Galaxy is a better bet if you need the extra space. A 285-litre boot with all seats up is still pretty good, though, and with the rear seats down the space increases to an impressive 700 litres. Just like the Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer, the middle row of seats are all individual units, capable of sliding backwards and forwards, and all three have ISOFIX mounting points for child seats.

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Four-wheel-drive is available but far from essential, but it’s handy that the system doesn’t cut into boot space or get rid of the flat floor. Even the first rung of the S-MAX ladder, the Zetec trim, has almost everything you could want from a family car, and stepping up to Titanium brings sat nav and cruise control. One thing that separates the S-MAX from many rivals is that it’s genuinely good to drive, albeit not quite as sporty as its predecessor. The ride remains comfortable even on poor surfaces too. Hunt out a diesel if you’re regularly planning to load it up or go on long trips.

Volvo XC90 SUV review

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Carbuyer rating

4.1 out of 5

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The Volvo XC90 is arguably one of the most luxurious and handsome mainstream SUVs you can buy. Cars on the used market are still fairly expensive but are about half the price of brand-new equivalent models. For that money, you’ll get a svelte interior and an equipment list that includes LED headlights, a hands-free boot opening, a power-adjustable driver’s seat and sat nav. The practicality is even more impressive than the interior, however.

Unlike many seven-seaters, you could think about putting adults in the back seats and, with all seats in place, there’s still a bigger boot than a Ford Fiesta’s. Fold the middle and third row of seats down, and you have a huge 1,856 litres to fill. You’ll find a few storage cubbies dotted around the cabin, and the Volvo XC90 will tow heavy loads easily; its towing capacity is between 2,400kg and 2,700kg. Few SUVs are more relaxing to drive either; the XC90 is very quiet on the move and a great long-distance cruiser, trading the sporty handling of some premium rivals for a more refined and comfortable character.

Land Rover Discovery SUV review

Land Rover Discovery SUV
Carbuyer rating

4.2 out of 5

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The Land Rover Discovery looks a bit big and bloated compared to its predecessor but there’s no doubting its practicality or luxury. Adults will comfortably fit in the rear seats – there’s even knee and headroom to spare – and behind that is a boot that’s a similar size to a small family hatchback. Drop the third row and the boot is vast at 1,137 litres, or with just the front seats up there’s a van-like 2,406 litres of space.

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Thanks to powerful engines, the Discovery is once again a brilliant tow car, with a maximum towing capacity of 3,500kg. Despite looking bigger, the use of more aluminium in the car’s construction means it’s over 400kg lighter than the old car, so the diesels should still manage around 40mpg. It’s worth noting that the former four-cylinder and V6 diesel engines have been replaced by a 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine, which is just as smooth and reliable. Its interior is one of the most luxurious on sale, and all models come with a powered tailgate and heated front seats. We’d like some features, like the reversing camera, to be standard though, and Land Rover’s reliability score in our Driver Power owner satisfaction survey is a little worrying – especially if you’re looking at a car that’s soon to go out of warranty.

Tesla Model X SUV review

Tesla Model X SUV
Carbuyer rating

3.7 out of 5

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The Tesla Model X impressed us by combining the seven seats of a practical family car with the performance of a sports car. The Model X was the first electric SUV to go on sale in the UK, meaning more choice for used car buyers, although residual values have remained strong. At the time of writing, decent used examples start from around £35,000, so despite the fact you’ll be saving money thanks to its low running costs, it’s not quite as budget-friendly as some of the other cars on this list.

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Tesla has long been up there with the best of EV manufacturers when it comes to performance and range. The Model X has a range of up to 340 miles between charges, although its large 100kWh battery will take over 10 hours to replenish if using a 7kWh home charger. Most of the time, this won’t be an issue, as owners will top up their car frequently, rather than charging up to 100% from a near-empty battery.

Citroën Berlingo MPV review

Citroen e-Berlingo MPV
Carbuyer rating

3.7 out of 5

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The Citroen Berlingo may not look quite as trendy as some of the seven-seater SUVs on this list, but it’s so capable and has such a strong following that it couldn’t be left out. The popularity of the Berlingo model has been down to its space, value, and comfort, and the electric e-Berlingo version adds a silent driving experience and lower running costs to that list. City drivers will benefit the most from e-Berlingo ownership, as like many other electric cars it’s exempt from congestion fees or low emission zone charges.

The range suits those who plan to use the e-Berlingo for shorter distances, with up to 174 miles between charges. However, if you can find a 100kWh fast charger the battery can be topped up from 10-80% in just 30 minutes.

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With plenty of examples to choose from on the used market, the e-Berlingo might just be the most affordable ticket into electric seven-seater car ownership. Even those who’d rather stick to traditional diesel power will be able to find a used Berlingo bargain quite easily.

What to look for when buying a used 7-seater

The extra space is often most noticeable in the rearmost seats, as some SUVs don’t offer as much leg or headroom as MPVs. Of course, there are exceptions to this, and there are some SUVs that will comfortably accommodate adults in the third row, particularly for shorter journeys. Most seven-seater SUVs (and many MPVs, for that matter) only have back seats suitable for children or small adults, which is something you may need to bear in mind.

Some of these cars come with five seats as standard and the third row is specced as an optional extra, so make sure you’re looking at a car that meets your requirements. It’s also worth remembering that while fold-away rear seats may be less spacious and more “occasional” than full-size items, they’re also much easier to stow than a pair of proper seats, which may need removing entirely if you want to free up space for luggage rather than people.

If you need as much space as possible, you’ll want to look at a van-based MPV like the Peugeot Rifter or Volkswagen Caddy Life. Despite a recent increase in the amount of equipment they come with, these van-based cars still tend to be much cheaper than standard MPVs and SUVs.

With these vehicles destined for families up and down the country, it’s reassuring that nearly all of the models on our list have the maximum five-star safety rating awarded by independent testers Euro NCAP.

Check out our guides to the Top 10 best family cars and How to choose the best toddler car seat.

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