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 complied 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 loadspace. 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 the 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, a 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 7 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 leg room 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 9 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 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 award-winning SEAT Alhambra remains a firm favourite in the seven-seater stakes thanks to its stylish good looks, impressive practicality and five-star Euro NCAP rating.
Inside, the Alhambra boasts plenty of room with sliding rear doors at the back for easy access when parking in tight spaces. The three middle-row seats slide and recline individually, allowing for a multitude of seating configurations and feature three ISOFIX points. There's also a 267 litre boot for carrying when fully loaded with passengers and an array of storage spaces throughout the car.
Under the bonnet, the Alhambra comes with a choice of petrol and diesel engines, all of which offer high-end performance with unrivalled economy, as well as Start/Stop technology and brake energy recovering systems. Extensive technological innovations, such as Park Assist and Tiredness Detection System, also give the SEAT Alhambra extra levels of comfort, safety and versatility.
Standard features on the SEAT Alhambra include sliding rear side doors, alloy wheels, 6.5" colour touchscreen, Bluetooth and LED taillights.
Finally, if you're after a practical, spacious and cheap-to-run family car, then the stylish seven-seat Renault Grand Scenic is a top contender.
Inside, the Grand Scenic is capable of accommodating three child seats across the middle row thanks to the three ISOFIX points, although the two extra rear seats are probably best left for smaller passengers. There are also plenty of extra storage cubbies dotted across the interior, as well as a 596 litre boot in five-seat configuration.
Under the bonnet, the Renault Grand Scenic is available with two petrol and two diesel engines with the mid-range dCi 130 engine standing out in particular thanks to its official fuel consumption of 61.4 MPG and its good balance between performance, economy and price.
Standard features on the Renault Grand Scenic include alloy wheels, Active Emergency Braking System, cruise control and 7’’ touchscreen with Bluetooth connectivity. Thinking of leasing a seven-seater?
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