Here at Nationwide Vehicle Contracts, we understand the struggle parents, who have growing families, face when choosing their next car. Finding a vehicle that will accommodate all your needs can be extremely difficult and frustrating, so that’s why we’ve put together a list of our favourite seven-seater family cars. We’ve compiled this selection of cars based on space, practicality, fuel economy and value for money.
The Citroen Grand C4 Picasso has been transformed into the Citroen Grand C4 Spacetourer and its now even more perfect for your growing family. The Spacetourer has a total boot capacity of 793-litres, extra legroom thanks to the elongated wheelbase and the front seat, second and third rows easily fold to create a flat load space. Comfort is at the heart of the Spacetourer as it features Citroen Advanced Comfort and the RELAX function – guaranteeing a first-class travelling experience with every journey.
Unrivalled practicality is promised as the Spacetourer features a whole host of driving aids, Citroen Connect NAV, a mirror screen and a hands-free tailgate. Fuel economy comes as no surprise as the Spacetourer was designed with the consecutive 4-time award-winning PureTech petrol engine. The three-cylinder Turbo PureTech petrol engine works by cutting fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 18%.
The new Volvo XC90 offers exceptional comfort, smarter styling and even greater practicality, making it one of our best-selling seven-seater cars.
Inside, the XC90 boasts enough space in the third-row seats for two adults and a decent boot space of 314 litres, which increases to 775 litres with the third row seats folded down. The second row of seats also comes with two ISOFIX points, although three points can be fitted as an optional extra.
To keep things simple, there are just three trim levels and three engine options to choose from with the 225PS D5 diesel being most popular thanks to its combined fuel economy of 48.7MPG. All cars have all-wheel drive and an automatic transmission as standard.
As expected from a Volvo, the XC90 also has a five star Euro NCAP rating and received 2015 Best in Class award for both Large Off-Road and Overall Performance categories.
Standard equipment on the XC90 Momentum model includes LED headlights, alloy wheels, power-operated tailgate, adaptive cruise control, Bluetooth, Rear Park assist and Sensus connect satellite navigation.
No family car list would be complete without the Land Rover Discovery – the ultimate family SUV. Sophisticated, stylish and safe, your growing family are going to enjoy this vehicle for many years to come. It features seven full-size seats that you can configure using cargo space switches or the main touchscreen thanks to the intelligent seat fold system. You can also remotely configure the seats via the optional InControl Remote smartphone app, so you’ll always be able to take advantage of the clever use of space. The Discovery ensures all passengers are comfortable too, as there is 954mm of legroom on the second row and 850mm on the third.
There’s a whole host of features that make the Discovery a fantastic practical choice for parents – from a head-up display and Land Rover iGuide app to climate control and nine charging points. Plus, fuel efficiency is guaranteed thanks to the innovative 2.0-litre Ingenium engine and as the Discovery was awarded a 5-star Euro NCAP rating your family has never been safer.
Refreshed in 2015, the Ford S-MAX looks and drives better than ever before, making it a popular lease choice for growing families who want both practicality and style.
When it comes to space, the S-MAX ticks all the boxes with its 285-litre boot with all seats in place - accessible via a wide, electronically operated tailgate and low boot floor - and 700 litres with the third-row down. The second row of seats can slide individually to make more room in the back and boasts three ISOFIX child seat fittings. There’s also enough room in the third row seating space for a pair of adults although they may not want to be there too long though due to the sloping roofline.
Under the bonnet, there are six engine choices to choose from – two petrol (1.5-litre with 150PS and a 2.0-litre with 240PS) and four types of diesels (2.0-litre TDCi with power outputs of 120PS, 150PS, 180PS and 210PS), blending economy with performance. There’s also plenty of high-tech safety equipment and family-friendly options such as optional front camera, Active Park Assist and Lane Keeping System.Standard equipment on the Ford S-MAX includes alloy wheels, Ford’s SYNC 2 system, front and rear parking sensors, DAB radio and an electric handbrake.
Taking styling cues from the incredibly popular Qashqai, the seven-seat Nissan X-Trail is a 4x4 styled for adventure.
Inside, the X-Trail majors on space, with enough room to fit three adults in the back row, although the two third-row seats are best reserved for small children. With a seats-up boot capacity of 550 litres and a seats-down figure of 1,982 litres, the X-Trail’s huge boot is large enough to fit in most prams, as well as the family shopping with the two-part adjustable load floor offering extra practicality.
Under the bonnet, the X-Trail offers a range of petrol and diesel engines, with optional four-wheel drive. The 1.6-litre diesel engine is relatively cheap to run for a car of its size, returning a fuel consumption of 57.9 MPG and CO2 emissions of 129g/km.
Standard equipment on the Nissan X-Trail includes LED running lights, cruise control, alloy wheels, a five-inch infotainment touchscreen, all-round electric windows and Bluetooth connectivity.
The Peugeot 5008 was once a very conventional seven-seat MPV but is now a three-row crossover SUV. Fulfilling the demand for SUVs, the 5008 boasts more rear-seat space than the MPV version it replaced. At just over 4.64m long and 1.84m wide, with maximum space in the middle, the 5008 has three individual rear seats, all with Isofix child seat mountings, which slide and recline for maximum comfort, while the boot space offers 167-litres, increasing to a massive 1,060 litres of space when the rear seats are taken out completely.
The 5008’s engines deliver maximum performance with petrol in 1.2 or 1.6 litres and diesels in 1.6 or 2.0 litres. The manual option is a six-speed, and the auto is six- or eight-speed depending on the engine, you go for.
For family transport, the Peugeot 5008 is reassuringly safe with a five-star Euro NCAP rating, autonomous braking and lane-departure warning as standard across the range, while Allure models and above get blind spot detection as well as lane-keep and high-beam assist.
Giving the Land Rover Discovery Sport and Volvo XC90 a run for their money in the luxury sector is the second-generation Audi Q7.
Despite being slightly narrower and shorter than its predecessor, the new Q7 still boasts enough room for seven people, along with all their luggage. The 297-litre boot with low rear bumper not only looks great but aids practicality as there’s no lip. The Q7 also boasts an impressive six ISOFIX points – one on each passenger seat – so you can spread out the children to help avoid arguments on long car journeys.
Under the bonnet, the 3.0 litre TDI diesel engine is not as expensive to run as you might think, returning a fuel economy of 47.9 MPG and CO2 emissions of 153 g/km. Buyers can also specify options such as an autonomous park assist function and active lane-keep assist to take some of the stress out of driving and help keep you out of harm’s way.
Standard features on the Audi Q7 include alloy wheels, DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity, leather upholstery, LED rear lights and cruise control.
The Skoda Kodiaq, a Top Gear winner in 2016, is Skoda’s big crossover perfect for families. The Kodiaq is cleverly designed, as it is oversized on the road, yet it offers excellent levels of space for most passengers and a class-leading boot.
The Kodiaq has tonnes of occupant space up front, while headroom is impressive in the rear too, with the third row of seats more than enough for children or younger teenagers. This seven-seater has a 270-litre capacity with all the seats in use, which increases to between 560 and 765 litres in five-seat form, depending on which position you set the 60:40 split sliding middle seats.
On standard 18-inch wheels, there’s a level of refinement to match the ride quality, with its 2.0 TDI engine for an efficiently smooth drive. Large SUVs tend to sway around quite a bit through corners, but less so the Skoda Kodiaq, which is remarkably agile.
Gadgets such as a DAB radio, Bluetooth, USB sockets and smartphone mirroring (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto) also come as standard on all versions, while SE Drive trim adds built-in sat-nav.
The Volkswagen Sharan is a practical seven-seat family car, launched in 2010 and refreshed in 2015, with remodelled bumpers, revised interior trim and a new infotainment system.
There’s plenty of seat adjustment to help you get comfortable in the Sharan, with the ability to adjust both the seat height and steering wheel position to give you a comfortable and commanding view of the road ahead.
For easy access, huge rear doors slide rather than swing open and the middle seats fold and slide forward at the pull of a lever and make fitting a child seat to any of the three standard Isofix mounts in the middle row as easy as pie. The Sharan can carry 300 litres of luggage in its boot, and a flat boot floor that’ll happily carry 711 litres.
Available with one petrol and two diesel engines, we recommend the 1.4-litre 150hp petrol – it’s the smoothest engine on offer. Models come with a Composition Media System that has a USB port, Bluetooth connectivity and a feature that’ll let you send and receive text messages on the go.
The Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace is a bigger, seven-seat version of the Tiguan, with plenty of advanced technology features, maximum comfort and great space in the back for the family.
Thanks to the extended wheelbase, the Tiguan Allspace offers an additional 54mm of knee room and 60mm more legroom for second-row passengers. The Tiguan Allspace’s bigger boot and third row of seats mean it can carry seven people and quite a bit more luggage than the Tiguan, making it an alternative to the likes of the Skoda Kodiaq and Kia Sorento.
Its 215mm longer than the standard car and its seven-seat configuration offers 230 litres of luggage space behind the rear-most seats, or 700 litres with the third row folded away.
The Tiguan Allspace is offered with a choice of five petrol and diesel engines, with the entry-level 148bhp 2.0-litre turbodiesel more than up to the task of carrying out school run duties and shopping trips.
Standard safety kit includes lane-keeping assist, post-collision brake assist, pedestrian monitoring and emergency braking, as well as a host of airbags and stability and traction control systems.
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