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As your family grows, your transport needs change – you need bigger vehicles with more space; and when you have multiple children, it can often be a good idea to purchase family cars with as much space as possible – whether that is extra head room, leg room, more seats, more boot space, or those all important safety features to give you extra peace of mind.
We believe in giving you all of the information available from all manufacturers within the range of 7 seater cars. This means not only that we will show you the safety ratings and positive features, but also demonstrate drawbacks of individual models – for example those 7 seaters that have very small seats in the back row or are difficult to access. We will do so candidly and honestly to permit you to make the best decision for your family.
Mpv vs 7 seater
MPV means Multi-Purpose Vehicle. Arguably, the line between the two is becoming increasingly blurred. With size variations based around storage, seating space and comfort, there has been a move toward standardising this area of the market.
The key difference is that the MPV cars tend toward balancing the need for passengers against luggage space. An MPV car will have more space on average, might be slightly larger, make better space of cubbies and under seat bins and might make creative use of the available space. In theory, you could use an MPV as an attractive minivan that is open to the possibility of passengers. As for accessories, MPV cars might come with parking sensors and/or cameras as standard to help you get into those tighter parking spaces. They might also lack extra airbags and other luxury safety features in order to save on space.
If a vehicle is smaller or has an inadequate amount of luggage space when all seven seats are up (or down for that matter), then it is designed more with the passenger in mind. We used to call these 7 passenger vehicles and though they have storage space, it is fairly limited. The middle and back seats might also be less spacious; the back row in particular will typically be suitable only for small children. A typical 7 seater might have parking aids as optional extras rather than as standard. It will also have more safety features such as side airbags and better head rests
When to buy 7 seater
There are many reasons why you might buy a 7 seater car, not least of all because of your changed responsibilities.
- Family Growth: Despite that family sizes are shrinking, people are still having fourth and fifth children
- Transporting Equipment: This could include buggies, a cot (if you’re going to see the grandparents for an extended break such as Christmas – which will also require clothing, Christmas presents, a suitcase of clothing, toiletries and other equipment which will also include anything your own stuff)
- Parent in house: People are also far more involving of extended families –as the older generation is far more active than it used to be, they are going on day trips with grandchildren
- Camping: With all seats down, space can be quite abundant so there will be plenty of room for your tent and camping equipment and clothing.
- Business use: They are suitable for certain business, minicab drivers being one. Also, the sort of person whose office is their car will keep a lot of paperwork and equipment in the vehicle for ready use, especially if they are always on the road (travelling sales people)
Tips for buying 7 seater
- Passenger requirement: must be paramount. Do you currently have small children? If so, then it may be a good idea to consider one of the cars on this site. If you have older children the seat arrangement will not always be in your favour.
- Fuel efficiency: If you do opt for a larger version to compensate, you’ll need to think about your budget. In 2013, the price of petrol and diesel in the UK is still very high with no sign that it will drop significantly any time soon.
- Luggage space: and whether you will need much of it. Filling all seven seats is all well and good but if you’ve nowhere to put your luggage it could prove an expensive choice. There will always be a trade off in terms of size, luggage space and fuel efficiency.
- ISOFIX points: You might not need them if your children are older, and you will certainly need them for smaller children.
- Accessibility: How easy would it be for you to get your children and their seats in and out of the vehicle? For that matter, how easy would it be for adult passengers to get in and out? Do you choose a conventional door system or look for one with sliding doors and what benefits are there to either system?