Seven Best Seven-Seaters To Lease

Date Posted 15th July 2021
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Looking for a seven-seater?

With the rise of seven-seater SUVs and the growing selection of traditional MPVs, there’s never been a better time to be in the market.

SUVs and crossovers have gone from strength to strength in the past few years. They’re the perfect solution for buyers looking for both style and practicality. 

But, with so many options, you can be left bewildered by the glut of options. To help you, we’ve whittled down the best seven-seaters you should consider.

Peugeot 5008

Best seven-seater for affordability

Our Winner Of This Round: Peugeot 5008

  • Fuel economy: 49-69mpg
  • Insurance group: 11-23
  • Isofix points: 3

Since its initial release over a decade ago, the Peugeot 5008 has grown in capabilities to become one of the best-selling SUVs. 

Like its smaller sister car – the 3008, the 5008’s striking looks are undeniable, reflecting the sophisticated high-quality interior. 

Peugeot has nailed the upmarket feel and solid build quality usually recognised only with premium badges, making this an affordable yet high-end feel option.

Aside from aesthetics, the Peugeot isn’t as sharp to drive as a Skoda Kodiaq, but it does deliver an unquestionably comfortable drive. It’s also quiet at high speeds. 

However, unlike most rivals such as the Nissan X-Trail, the 5008 isn’t available with a four-wheel-drive.

The entry-level 128bhp 1.2-litre engine is surprisingly lively and keen to rev. It’s available with a choice of a manual or automatic gearbox (both six-speed). The more powerful 163bhp, 1.6-litre petrol has a six-speed automatic gearbox only. 

Diesel engine options are a 1.6-litre has 99bhp of 118bhp, and the 2.0-litre engine in 148bhp or 178bhp.

Our first contender, the 5008 is stylish, practical and great to drive. It’s one of the very best family seven-seat SUVs on the market. 

Volkswagen Touran

Best seven-seater for boot space

Our Winner Of This Round: Volkswagen Touran

  • Fuel economy: 49mpg
  • Insurance group: 10-24
  • Isofix points: 3

Although the Touran may look van-like, it feels more like a spacious hatchback with a couple of handy extra seats. 

The VW SUV holds the driving capabilities of a Golf – on which it’s based – starting with light steering, allowing the Touran to glide around town.

The Touran has been designed with family life in mind. It comes with seven seats as standard and thanks to its latest update, it offers even more space inside over previous versions and is one of the best seven-seaters for boot space. 

The second row, third row and front passenger backrest can also be flattened, allowing you to easily create a long load-through space. 

Even with five seats in place, you’re rewarded with a whopping 917 litres of boot space. If practicality is your priority, you can’t get much more practical than the Touran.

You have five engine options to choose from – all of which have four cylinders, turbochargers and stop/start technology. 

Petrol engines are available in 1.2 or 1.4-litre, while the diesel options are 1.6 or 2.0 litre.

We give the Touran a top spot in the seven-seater market. It ticks all the boxes – roomy, practical, extremely well built and good to drive.

Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer

Best seven-seater for a car full of adults

Our Winner Of This Round: Grand C4 Space Tourer

  • Fuel economy: 71mpg
  • Insurance group: 17-29
  • Isofix points: 3

The Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer (formerly known as the Grand C4 Picasso) challenges the idea of MPVs looking like a van with windows. Being stylish and an MVP isn’t all that common. But the SpaceTourer proves it’s possible.

If you’re looking for something to use around town, shopping trips and school runs, the 1.2-litre petrol is the best option for you. In fact, it’s the only petrol engine available – a 128bhp, 1.2-litre turbo. 

If you drive a lot of miles, particularly on the motorway, you’ll be more suited to the 2.0-litre diesel. 

But one thing’s for sure, whichever specification you choose, the SpaceTourer will provide a refined and comfortable drive.

The added bonus of the SpaceTourer: it’s hugely practical. It’s a firm favourite among larger families, with enough room to comfortably accommodate seven adults. 

Its folding seat arrangement is one of the best we’ve seen, while the room in the second row with three full-sized seats couldn’t provide more comfort.

The C4 SpaceTourer is a great option for those looking for an all-around MPV that provides a good drive, great practicality and sharp aesthetics.

Tesla Model X

Most luxurious seven-seater

Our Winner Of This Round: Tesla Model X

  • Range: 340 miles
  • 0-62mph: 2.9 seconds
  • Isofix points: 3

Tesla started off with the Model S and now they’re joining in with serving the growing luxurious SUV demand. 

They may be following the crowd, but Tesla brings something unique to the market with the Model X. 

With zero emissions and silent running, you get sports car acceleration from a four-wheel-drive seven-seater.

At the top of the range is the P100D with the astounding ability to sprint from 0-62mph in just 2.9 seconds, beating the Ferrari 488 GTB. In an SUV!

You can choose from a five, six or seven-seat arrangement in your Model X. The three-row layout is likely to be your chosen option for the practicality it brings. And both the front and middle row are made of individually mounted seats that can be adjusted electrically.

The electric Tesla Model X is a viable alternative to conventionally powered SUVs, but it doesn’t come cheap in comparison to the other seven-seaters on this list.

Audi Q7

Most reliable seven-seater

Our Winner Of This Round: Audi Q7

  • Fuel economy: 47.9mpg
  • Insurance group: 35-48
  • Isofix points: 3

If your key requirements are practicality and luxury, you should definitely consider the Audi Q7.

This seven-seater has copious amounts of space, making it a perfect family car. The new generation Q7 also has a beautifully built tech-filled interior, better efficiency and a slash in weight, resulting in a better drive than the model it replaces.

You have four engine choices for the Q7, two TDI diesels of either 215bhp or 268bhp, along with the plug-in hybrid Q7 e-tron and high-performance SQ7 with 429bhp. 

For the most consistent economy and performance returns, the diesels will deliver best. 

Despite being slightly narrower and shorter than the old Q7, the interior still has room for seven people and a load of luggage. Even those over six-foot will find the Q7 roomy. 

In five-seat mode, with the middle row of seats slid as far back as possible, the boot is still big enough to easily fit a couple of buggies or large suitcases.

And of course, because it’s an Audi, you just know it’s going to be great behind the wheel, reliable and everything you could need from a car. 

Mitsubishi Shogun

Best seven-seater for towing

Our Winner Of This Round: Mitsubishi Shogun

  • Fuel economy: 32.8mpg
  • Insurance group: 30-38
  • Isofix points: 3

This 4×4 icon has earned its reputation as a seven-seater you can take anywhere. With extreme practicality and plenty of standard equipment, it’s the real workhorse of the class.

Its strength lies in its towing ability. Its 3.2-litre direct injection diesel engine produces lots of low-down torque, helping it tow up to 3,200kg. 

With its unique super select system, you can choose one of four driving modes: two-wheel-drive for normal driving; a four-wheel-drive high range of up to 62mph; a four-wheel-drive high range for trickier territory such as snow, sand or mud; and finally a four-wheel drive for when the going gets really tough.

There’s a huge choice of trims and extras available with the Shogun. But even the entry-level isn’t spartan, with the SW2 short-wheelbase featuring 18-inch alloys, cruise control, air conditioning and lots more.

Land Rover Defender

Best seven-seater for exploration

Our Winner Of This Round: Land Rover Defender

  • Fuel economy: 30 mpg
  • Insurance group: 33-43
  • Isofix points: 3

Land Rover is the king of four-wheel-drive and the Defender is the car that’s helped it cement that legacy. It’s the ideal seven-seater for family holidays, but also one which is full of refinement and class. 

The Defender makes light work of serious off-roading, with a choice of powerful engines, two each of petrol and diesel, all featuring a turbocharger for ultimate grunt and performance.

The cabin is spacious and well-finished with loads of storage space, perfect for families. The boot with seven seats in place is capable of holding 2,233 litres, more than enough for all your luggage, wellies and camping gear.

There’s also a myriad of extras you can get with the Defender including a roof tent and inflatable waterproof awning, which is great for turning the vehicle into a makeshift camper van. There are also options for a roof rack and side gear carrier if you need the extra space. 

Towing isn’t forgotten either. The Defender has a 3.5-tonne towing capacity and is the perfect seven-seater for the ultimate off-road family adventure.

If you are looking to lease your very own seven-seater lease deal, or you’re looking to find out more about the application and approval process, then why not apply online now, with no impact to your credit score and a decision in minutes.