Seventh heaven – the best seven-seat SUVs on sale in Britain right now, ranked

Seven-seat cars are almost always compromised. There’s no point pretending that any of the cars on this list will comfortably accommodate seven large, fully-grown adults on anything other than short journeys. The rear seats in a 7-seater SUV are for occasional use, or for transporting very compact children. What’s more, they rarely have ISOFIX across the back row, so their practicality is further limited. 

That’s not to say they aren’t useful though. You might not always need to carry seven people but the flexibility that a seven-seat car gives you, especially if you have an occasional use for those back seats, can make up for the loss of boot space. In the case of large SUVs with seven seats across three rows, front two and middle three seats are as comfortable as any other car (often more so) while the rear seats (either a bench or two separate chairs) can usually be stowed away when not in use.

Cars like the Land Rover Discovery (pictured) are amazing pieces of technology in their own right, and are available as seven-seaters for a little bit more versatility. They might be uncomfortable, but you could do the sort of off-roading shown in that photo with five adults and two children all in the car. Useful? Probably not, but it’s nice to know you could if you needed to. 

Having seven seats in your SUV is a bit like having a sofabed. The facility comes in handy every few months, but if you start to use it any more than that, it will begin to wear thin. With that in mind, read on!

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