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7 seater cars make sense. They can carry the entire family on day trips, they offer comfort and affordability and if you do your homework they can also offer decent fuel economy. Some seven-seaters are spacious enough to carry seven adults, while others have rear seats designed only for children. They vary a great deal on price and performance and choosing the right one requires due diligence.

Whatever your needs; here are five of the best seven-seaters on the market today.

Chrysler Grand Voyager


The Chrysler Grand Voyager offers loads of space and has an extremely clever way of folding away the rear seats. Its highly desirable and classy image means that it holds its value well on the resale market. With an on the road price of £28,310 (US$44,413) and allowing 33.6 mpg it also offers very decent economy. Performance wise with 161bhp and 265lb ft it is a match for any seven-seater out there. All in all the Grand Voyager ticks all the boxes.

Citroen Grand C4 Picasso


The Citroen Grand C4 Picasso not only looks stylish, it also offers practicality and refinement. Although on the whole it’s spacious, the third row of seats hasn’t exactly been designed with adults in mind. That said its stylish interior, comfortable ride and good fuel economy more than make up for it.

Ford Galaxy


Although closely related to the Ford S-Max, the Galaxy is a more genuine example of a true people-carrier. Space wise it boasts 308 liters (10.9 cubic ft.) with all the seats in position. Fold them away and you get a massive 2,325 liters (82.1 cubic ft.). While the gasoline models provide the best performance they are sore on fuel so depending on your priorities a diesel may be the best option.

Kia Carens


This smart little seven-seater from Kia looks and drives incredibly well. On the downside it isn’t one of the most spacious examples out there. However the 1.7 CRDi ecoDynamics emits only 124g/km, while promising 60.1mpg fuel consumption.

Land Rover Discovery 4 SUV


Ok, it’s perhaps not the greenest of cars out there but if you really do need to drive off the road as well as on it, then the Discovery is a good choice. However its 3.0 liter diesel engine delivers poor fuel economy giving off emissions of 230g/km resulting in high road tax.

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