Which Seven Seater would you buy??
Bored of mumsy MPVs? It’s okay, we understand. Sometimes you want the practicality of a people mover but a little more style. You need the space, but without the dowdy image. That’s where large seven seater SUVs like the ones below come in although you may not win the hearts of environmentalists. Following are the top 10 seven seaters:
10. Toyota Land Cruiser:
Head out to the deserts of the Middle East and you’ll see more Toyota Land Cruisers than virtually any other car – and for good reason. It’s tough and reliable and while it lacks the sophistication of European rivals, few vehicles are better suited to the job of getting you to your destination without a hitch. Literally, if you’re in the desert. Deserts are harder to come by in the British Isles and here the Land Cruiser’s unimpressive 35 mpg combined rating counts against it. With prices starting from just over £35,000, it also looks rather pricey beside the latest Korean offerings. They’re nicer inside too, faster and cheaper to run. The third row seats are also a bit cramped, but they do fold away to reveal a large boot.
9. BMW X5:
BMW decided to prioritise their typical values over rear-seat space with the X5 – that is to say, it goes and handles much better than it accommodates the sixth and seventh occupants. But as occasional child seats they do the job, and the rest of the time you’ll be enjoying one of the best-driving SUVs on sale. It’s frugal too, with the entry level, rear-wheel-drive sDrive25d able to achieve 50.4mpg, and all of the remaining diesels able to top at least 42.2mpg. The turbocharged V8 squeezed under the bonnet of the X5 M enables a slightly barmy 0-62mph time of 4.2 seconds. Interior design and quality are up to typical BMW levels, so as long as the rear seats will only be needed once in a while, the X5 is certainly a worthy choice.