You get plenty of cabin space with the XC90 and seating is very comfortable. There is plenty of head and legroom in the front and middle row but the third row of seats are ideal for children. That said, the rear seats fold without too much effort and to configure the various seating positions is easy. This is made easier by all the seats sliding individually.
Volkswagen Sharan has good size cabin which can seat 7 adults comfortably. Excellent head, leg and shoulder room in both the second and third row of seats with the third row having a raised seating position. The middle row seats slide backwards and forwards. All seats have ISOFIX seat mountings.
The Volkswagen Touran is smaller than most other vehicles in its class, and is the smallest of the people carrier currently on offer from the German manufacturer. Because of this, the back seats are not suitable for adults and the middle seats may prove uncomfortable due to the lack of leg space. The middle and back seats can be flattened though so as to make the maximum efficient use of its boxy design.
Vauxhall Zafira has overall decent cabin space but the third row of seats are really suited to children. There is good leg and shoulder room for passengers in the second row of seats.
There is limited boot space with all 7 seats in place. However the third row of seats can be folded flat into the floor creating a good amount of boot space.
The Zafira doesn’t come with sliding doors which can limit access in tight spaces.
Toyota Verso is one of the best known in Toyota family cars; it is highly spacious with plenty of head and leg room. The front two rows are normal size and ideal for long motorway driving and the children (or adults) will not get uncomfortable as you might otherwise expect. The middle seats are adjustable to make more room in the very back but consequently, this decreases space in the middle. However, the third row seats are generally sufficient size for small children only. Some reviewers have described the seating arrangement as “clever” and “efficient”.
Toyota Prius+ is the first full hybrid 7 seater car in Europe. It offers a lot of extra space while maintaining the traditional features of the Prius. Seating is comfortable and there is a lot of head and leg room in the second row for adults. Third row seat is left for small adult and children. The T Spirit model comes with leather seats.
Seat Alhambra has good cabin space but the third row of seats cater well for smaller passengers. There is good leg and shoulder room in the middle row of seats which can also slide forward and backward. The back seats come with ISOFIX seat mountings
Both second and third row of seats fold flat quickly and easily to create a flat loading bay. There is excellent boot space when the third rows of seats are folded flat; however, with all 7 seats in place boot space is limited.
The back two rows of the Renault Grand Scenic 7 seater are surprisingly more spacious than a lot of models within this range; it is said that even adults can sit on the back row so that gives it an advantage already above some others in this class. However, rather bizarrely, the middle seats cannot be flattened. They can be leant forward, such as with the front seats on any other vehicle or they can be removed. This can be a negative selling point if you’d prefer the vehicle for transporting equipment rather than people.
The Tepee has a spacious cabin with a high van like ceiling. There is good leg room for adults in the middle row of seats. The third row of seats is ideal for children …
The Peugeot 5008 7 seater is considered by many to be one of the most comfortable vehicles in its class. There’s ample space for passengers to manoeuvre in the front …