Best Used 7 Seater in the UK 2021
As the sun glistens and reflects off the rear-view mirror, and the warm wind blows through your hair, music pours from each window into the countryside - it’s a nice thought, isn't it?
But let’s be real, the kids are in the back complaining that there's no space. They are getting on each other’s nerves and more importantly yours, and you cannot remember how many times they have asked "are we nearly there yet?" Suitcases are stacked around the dog’s crate and your experience playing Tetris when you were perhaps quite a lot younger did come in handy, but this isn't ideal; the hatchback needs to go and it's time for something bigger!
While we can’t solve all the problems that come with families, children, camping gear, and family pets - we can share what we know to make your motoring life a little easier. If you’re looking for a 7-seater, we've got your back!
We've done the hard work for you using data and online reviews, and weeded out the vehicles that don't belong on this list and we’re only sharing the ones you can trust, the best used 7 seaters on the market.
Volkswagen Touran 2010-2015 MK2
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4.2/5 on Reevoo
As sensible as its little brother, the Golf, but with seven seats. This vehicle is noticeably quiet and comfortable. It's a great option if you’re after a more premium badge without the hefty price tag.
Cruise control and electric windows come as standard and some models come with park assist, which can make the fear of parallel parking disappear at the touch of a button. The storage space is excellent coming with a massive 35, storage spaces which is great for storing tech, drinks, and treats - perfect for a drive to the seaside with the family.
It has three rows of seating; with the rear set having the ability to fold down flat, the middle row of three seats can be removed to further increase the space. However, removing the seats isn't a job you want to be doing daily - they are quite heavy. The rear seats are ideal for children, but larger adults may not enjoy long journeys in this position.
Ford Grand C-MAX 2010-2015 MK2
4.4 on Reevoo
This 7-seater is an incredibly good all-rounder vehicle; cheap to run with its low tax and insurance group, sliding doors that come in very handy for getting out of tight spots, and good head and legroom throughout. Features include automatic closing and opening of the boot making the monthly shop that bit easier.
This vehicle definitely feels and looks more premium with features such as Bluetooth, alloy wheels, and a heated window screen coming as standard. It has extremely low road-noise, precise steering, and very good visibility which all contribute to a smooth enjoyable driving experience. This vehicle also achieved a full 5-star safety rating from Euro NCAP.
All rear seats fold flat which is great for storage, so you'll have no problem fitting in any luggage you might have, but if you are planning to use all seven seats, you will have little to no boot space as it is relatively small compared to others on this list.
Ford Galaxy 2010-2015 MK4
4.5/5 on Reevoo
Highly rated and highly reliable, this 7-seater is versatile for any situation; all the rear seats can be folded down boasting a massive 2,339 litres boot space, and with the innovative easy fold system you are able to fold the second row of seats flat with just a touch of a button. Galaxy drivers also benefit from an adjustable elevated driving position.
With space like this, you need not worry about fitting prams or a monthly food shop inside. The Galaxy is also six inches taller than its cousin, the S-MAX, which means there is plenty of headroom - fitting car seats is a doddle.
Some of the drawbacks with this car is that the 1.6 engine model isn't particularly quick, however, the 2-litre diesel engine has 164bhp which is more than enough for anyone and on par with the Volvo XC90. Due to the sheer size of this vehicle, parking can be a little tricky. However, the vehicle does come with parking sensors as standard to make things a little easier.
Citroen Grand C4 Picasso 2010-2014 MK1
4.5 on Reevoo
With this vehicle, Citroen built on all the positives of the original Picasso; it's classy looking and is very smooth to drive. It is also one of the cheapest 7-seaters to run with some of the newer models having free road tax and being able to achieve upwards of 70 mpg.
It has excellent visibility with the panoramic window screen and is very spacious. All the rear seats fold flat turning this people carrier into a van (like a miniature ford transit) – even with all seats in play, the back seats do not cut into the boot space like some others on this list. The only notable drawback with this vehicle is that the most rear seats are ideal for children but would be too cramped for most adults.
The best-rated used 7 seater:
Vauxhall Zafira Tourer 2011-2016 MK1
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4.5 on Reevoo
The Tourer is the premium version of the once flagship Zafira - it has a modern, upmarket feel coming with DAB and cruise control as standard. Running costs are particularly good with road tax starting at £20 a year on some models, and it can achieve a fantastic 72 mpg.
Not only does it look good, but it is also nippy for a 7-seater, being able to achieve 0-60 in just over nine seconds (only 2 seconds slower than the 3 litre Land Rover Discovery). Going deeper into the driving experience, it’s incredibly quiet and has great visibility with a high seating position. The seats fold flat creating a large load bay, it’s clear to see why this is the best used 7 seater on our list.
It does have lots of storage spaces dotted around, but they aren't very large, and once again the rear seating is practical for smaller children, but adults will struggle.
If you're in the market for 7 seater car finance we can help you today!
For more information, check out our fixed and flexible 7-seater finance criteria:
- Aged 18+
- UK resident
- Petrol maximum mileage: 120,000
- Diesel maximum mileage: 160,000
- No deposit required
- 18 - 61 month terms
- £2,000 - £15,000 lend
- Provisional driving licenses considered
Hire Purchase Pros and Cons
- Simple to arrange
- Fixed interest rate
- No deposit required
- No annual mileage restrictions
- Flexible term lengths (18 - 61 months)
- Fixed monthly (or weekly) repayments
- The vehicle belongs to you after the final payment has been made
- Customers are protected under the Consumer Rights Act (2015)
- Finance is subject to status and not guaranteed
- You do not own the vehicle until the final payment has been made
- The vehicle is at risk of repossession if you do not keep up with repayments
- Not suitable if you plan on paying off your finance agreement within six months
* Although we have not test-driven these vehicles ourselves, this article is built from reviews and our internal data (highest reliability and lowest service issues).