Six of the best: Five-star seven-seaters

Six of the best: Five-star seven-seaters
Six of the best: Five-star seven-seaters

That’s quite a demanding brief – five-star seven-seaters – but here they are

Not that many vehicles get the full five-star treatment, but to then refine it down further to those that have seven seats as well is an exercise in sharpening focus. To gain five stars a car has to be pretty outstanding in every area, not just some, so you know you’re getting a top-notch choice. We’ve found six seven-seaters to choose from, every one with five stars, so sit back in any of the seats and read on.

Audi Q7 3.0 TDI Quattro SE 5dr Tip Auto

The What Car? Luxury SUV of the Year has seen off competition including the Range Rover, so you know it’s a class performer. You’d think we’d recommend a top trim for such a luxury vehicle, but the entry-level SE gives you all you need for sensible money. Along with sat nav, dual-zone climate control and Bluetooth, there is also in this iteration the creamy smooth 3.0-litre diesel engine.

Land Rover Discovery TD6 HSE

What we’ve always liked about the Discovery is that it really can do what it says. Granted, that means it’s not ideal in town where the steering can get a bit heavy on tight streets, but once out of civilization you’re going to really appreciate the comfy, quiet supreme competence of the Land Rover. In HSE spec you’re also going to have your luxuries with you at all times.

Volvo XC90 2.0 D5 Momentum 5dr AWD Geartronic

With a cabin that offers a Scandinavian take on a luxury interior, the XC90 offers up class, space and immense practicality. The boot’s pretty huge too, so perfect if you carry lots of kit. It even handles pretty well considering its size, and if you want to get the emissions down then there is the T8 Hybrid to consider.

VW Touran 1.6 TDI 105 BlueMotion Tech SE 5dr

Another award-winner from What Car?, the Touran is their favourite MPV 2017. Although the MPV market isn’t the flavour of the month, the Touran shows why the sector still has a decent following. It’s practical, flexible, spacious and is actually quite nice to drive. With a wide array of finance PCP deals on offer, there’s very little barrier to entry.

Skoda Kodiaq 2.0 TDI 150 SE-L

The Kodiaq is Skoda’s very first effort at a large SUV. Has it been successful? It instantly won the What Car? Large SUV of the Year award, fending off established competition with some ease. It’s really good value, with a good range of diesel engines and a large and well-appointed interior.

Land Rover Discovery Sport 2.0 TD4 180 SE Tech auto

If you like taking the road less travelled, then the Discovery Sport is for you. And, since you’re going off-piste, it would be worth getting the SE Tech trim with its sat nav, sensors, powered tailgate and lots more tech. The cabin is large, with plenty of storage and stowage solutions for all the family – handy as you’ll need to be taking it all with you.

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