Occasionally need 7 seats - what to go for?

(43 Posts)
IwishIwasmoreorganised Sun 07-Oct-12 22:47:34

With our ds's getting older, we're finding more and more that it would be handy to have the option of having 7 seats to cart around extra small children (for parties, rugby etc).

Our dc are 7 and 4, and I imagine that I'd be keeping this car for 5+ years so the legroom in the back needs to be ok ish, but not adult size. When the extra seats are up, I wouldn't need a huge boot.

I'm thinking along the lines of a grand scenic type of size but don't really know any others. Help!

RikersBeard Sun 07-Oct-12 22:48:42

We have an S-max and love it, great to drive

neolara Sun 07-Oct-12 22:49:59

We have a Vauxwagen Touran which fits the bill. It's great.

deleted203 Sun 07-Oct-12 22:50:27

I've had two Toyota Lucidas and rate them highly.

NimpyWindowMash Sun 07-Oct-12 22:50:44

Very happy with my grand scenic. Rarely use the extra seats but its easy to put the seats up and down. Useful for shipping kids around to parties etc.


IwishIwasmoreorganised Mon 08-Oct-12 14:19:06

Great. Thanks for the input.

Now i need to do some sums and test driving I think!

CointreauVersial Sun 14-Oct-12 00:11:35

Toyota Verso!

Doesn't feel van-like, easy to drive, super-reliable......

cece Sun 14-Oct-12 00:16:09

I have a grand scenic. Love all it except the running costs. Wish I'd gone for a deseil version.

Theas18 Sun 14-Oct-12 00:37:28

Had a touran 2005 -a coupe of weeks ago. It was good , but got v expensive but the time we'd done 96k. Great in ice and snow. Perpetual annoyance though that the " hifi system with 4 speakers" meant 2 in the dash and 2 in the front doors -- the kids couldnt hear CDs!

Couple of weeks ago part ex touran for smax. When I got it I felt it'd do the job and was a great price ( paid less for the smax with some nice comfort bits ) than we did in 2005 for total. It's a2011 car with 14k.

Now Ive gone from " it's ok it'll do the job" to I bloody love it!

Great drivers car. Nice on the motorway. Loads if room ( kids are grown up 19/16/13). The extra seats for us are for if we are driving grandparents now..

I've sat in all the seats incl the back row for a short drive. Even that was ok..

Only annoyance to date. We got the parcel shelf cover thingy. Great when using 5 seats. I've no idea where you can put it when using all seats though. We ended up leaving it in dd1 student bedroom and collecting it after.

BabylonPI Sun 14-Oct-12 00:42:15

Touran - had ours for 4 years and will never have different we don't think - fits our needs perfectly.

3 DCs fit on the back easily - all in their carseats.

Boot large enough to accommodate a small orchestra pram, a stroller and a weeks shopping and two extra seats that pop up when I need them and will tale adults or children smile

Go for a diesel model, but make sure you get the EGR valve checked and the inlet manifold motor wink
Otherwise, the best car you'll ever buy grin

CaseyShraeger Sun 14-Oct-12 00:44:40

We have an S-Max diesel and really like it.

BabylonPI Sun 14-Oct-12 00:45:36

Our Touran is a 53 plate, so 2003/4 model; has done 112k miles and the only repair was the EGR valve at just over £300 for parts and DH fitted wink
We paid £8k just over 4 years ago.
HTH grin

CointreauVersial Sun 14-Oct-12 00:51:52

Aha, Theas18, the Verso has a little slot under the carpet in the boot where you can stow the parcel shelf cover thingy!

Sinkingfeeling Sun 14-Oct-12 00:59:10

Another vote for the Toyota Verso ...

wagon Tue 16-Oct-12 15:41:10

My Grand Scenic locked with the baby and my keys inside yesterday. It was for less than a minute.

shrimponastick Tue 16-Oct-12 15:46:51

Citroën C4 Grand Picasso.

We rarely use the two extra seats, but they come in useful now and again

Plenty of room for 6ft+ DS and DSS, and slightly smaller younger DSS, as the three back seats are 'proper'seats, the middle isn't a shelf.

Doesn't feel big, to drive or park

I have had mine just over 3 years and have no complaints

MrsBucketxx Tue 16-Oct-12 15:56:22

we have a grand scenic, with extra storage fitted under the seats etc.

the extra seats are fine if your a child but i have been in the back with my knees under my chin (being six foot) when we have needed it.

if you put all the seats flat you can fit a sofa in there, or lots of stuff. you need to move. i

t doesnt feel van like to drive infact the steering is pretty light. i love being thst much higher up too. i would hate to change it now.

Volvo XC90. Fab.

Roseformeplease Tue 16-Oct-12 16:00:58

Just bought an XC90 which is fantastic. The seats in the boot are really comfy and still leave boot space and, when they are down, the boot is huge. It is really, really comfortable and can be automatic or you use gears but no clutch so good for city or country driving. Also, my first car with heated seats so really toasty buns.

bureni Tue 16-Oct-12 16:14:52

Love my Volvo 940 and V70 7 seaters, the two rear seats are back facing and fold down under the boot for extra space.

MrsBucketxx Tue 16-Oct-12 16:15:34

heated seats make you feel like you have wet yourself, not a luxury i would be after.

bureni Tue 16-Oct-12 16:20:58

the heated seats are great in the winter, couldnt do without them now.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Tue 16-Oct-12 21:57:07

XC90 really isn't an option money wise unfortunately. FIL has one and I am very envy.

We don't have much of a lump sum available, and bought our last car using a 0% finance deal which we'd be keen to do again. Current car is now 6 years Los and only just needing any money spending on it other than the annual service.

We're looking at about to 20k mark price wise, and I have to say that I really do like the idea of having sliding doors at the back - our ds's don't seem to have grasped the fact that our current doors swing open and can and do ding other cars blush.

MrsBucketxx Wed 17-Oct-12 10:54:29

there is a way to solve that, activate the child locks, you will need to let them out but no more damage :D

we've got a qasqai + 2 and it's great!

member Wed 17-Oct-12 11:03:21

Ford grand c-max

Roseformeplease Wed 17-Oct-12 16:22:10

We bought our XC90 for 4400. It has done 100k miles but, as with all Volvos, will do another 100k miles. We never buy new cars, rarely spend even as much as we did (our previous top car cost £2400) and we usually have few problems. I think the notion that you have to have new, low mileage cars is a bit of a myth perpetuated by manufacturers. Our Volvo is 10 years old but is fantastic and will do us for years. For 20k (which still sounds to me like the kind of money that should buy you a house) you can get one that is about 2 years old. However, the sliding doors are not part of the deal!

NotQuintAtAllOhNo Wed 17-Oct-12 16:23:02

peugeot 307 SW

IwishIwasmoreorganised Thu 18-Oct-12 08:28:34

Food for thought Rose.

We don't have a big lump sum and do need something very reliable as I work in the community which is why we got a brand new car on 0% finance last time so that we could spread the cost.

Apart from servicing my current car, and just having new bushes on the rear axles that's all that's been done in the 6 years that I've had it.

Hadn't really considered getting something older, I suppose because of the worry that it'll need more doing to it, and the unplanned expense and difficulty with work while it's in the garage would be extremely difficult to manage.

I do like the look of the Mazda 5 and grand c max, the sliding doors really appeal but you're right that 20k is a massive amount of money.

The thinking goes on........

I've had a Mazda 5. The sliding doors were fab and the space really good. The only negatives were no where to put the parcel shelf when all seats in use and the middle seat in the middle can't be used as a seat so in theory it's a six seater. I thought that would be ok as I only have 2dc but infant it got on my nerves having to sit just one extra child in the back seats occasionally. I paid 8k back in 2008 and it was 2yrs old. Unfortunately mine had a battery problem and no one could find the fault to fix it.

I now have a scenic grand. It cost £11k for 12 month old with 10k miles. It drives fine but as I do town driving is low mpg so I suggest you get a diesel. The cubby holes are great, keyless entry fab, holder for parcel shelf and back seats really easy to get into.

YuleBritannia Sat 15-Dec-12 16:58:50

I bet I'm too late but I would not fault the Kia Sedona.

zumo Fri 28-Dec-12 18:02:33

WE have two a Peugeot 406 diesel estate, they made a seven seater called the Family, we paid £700 four years ago and we cant fault it, 35mpg reliable and comfey, once the kids get above 5ft2 its a bit cramped to sit in the boot, its now done 200,000miles, I use it every day.
Last March we bought an 8 seater Mazda bongo as we often take the elderly inlaws with us and both kids are very tall so wont fit in the Peugeot boot, we paid £1200 knowing it needed a small amount of work but as the going rate was £2500, it was a bargain, we left the dent in the door, had it serviced and a new radiator, so total spend was about£1600, its fantastic, easily carrys 8 adult size people, big sunroof aircon, its a2.5 diesel automatic, 22 round town but 30 on a run, easy to park too as you are sat high up and its only the same foot print as a normal large car, if you fit a kitchen in the boot most insurance cos will insure it as a camper, we spent £150 on the kitchen and the insurance came down from £1000 to £320
The seats fold flat in to a massive bigger than double bed, the seats also fold up to a table and four chairs, undo 8 bolts from the seats and it becomes a van, they really are a useful tool, they also have an excellent owners club, if you join it reduces the insurance cost, both of these cars are also DIY fixable with parts easily obtainable.

chicaguapa Fri 28-Dec-12 18:08:29

We have a Toyota Verso and it's marvellous! Massive boot when you don't need seats 6+7 and when you do they appear very easily so you can decide while you're out to bring home extra children. Seats 6+7 aren't very good for adults and it doesn't leave very much boot space at all, but it suits us fine.

The only thing that annoys us is the large turning circle, but we'd definitely buy another if anything happened to this one. So I would recommend looking into it.

tassisssss Fri 28-Dec-12 18:10:57

we also have a toyota verso and LOVE it.

had a zafira previously and hated though (though loads of our pals have it and are happy with it).

I love the flexibility of the verso, you can just pop the extra seats up and down as you need without having to move the middle row (which, when we had it involved me first removing to massive carseats while juggling baby and toddler).

SantasENormaSnob Mon 31-Dec-12 18:17:04

Do not get the grand picasso.

We had nothing but problems with ours.

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snay Sat 01-Jun-13 21:08:52

I know it's too late for you but maybe there are other people who has the same question.

I think Toyota Verso is occupational 7 seater. There are 2 seats at boot and can be pulled out when needed. But if you need big space when all seats up then you need like Ford Galaxy, Seat Alhambra etc. see Spacious 7 Seaters.

AlexMumsnetCars (MNHQ) Tue 04-Jun-13 13:56:34

It might be worth starting out by checking Mumsnet Cars' best 10 seven-seaters. They're all currently in production so you can buy them brand new but most have also been on sale long enough for there to be used examples on sale, too, some of which can be particularly good value. Some are more affordable to buy than others but all ten of them are decent to drive and to use, and running costs should be decent, too.

zumo Tue 04-Jun-13 16:01:36

I find the Van type stuff is best as more room better driving position
So Bongo, VW T4 etc

sausagemummy Sat 03-Aug-13 09:17:22

Chrysler grand voyager decent boot space with all seats up will fit a pushchair and a wheelchair in the boot which sadly was a requirement with my dad with Parkinson's living with us and second hand prices very reasonable

ChocolateOrangeforDd Sat 03-Aug-13 09:45:17

We love our Mazda 5! Seventeen year old friends of Ds fight to sit in the back two seats (and some are six feet tall) and boys have sat on the small middle seat in the middle for short journeys (seat belt fitted but I agree it would not be comfortable for a long journey). The rear seats pull up very easily. We have had Mazdas before and no mechanical problems. Sliding back doors are great too. We are taking the car to France this week...boot space excellent. We bought it "second hand" from a Mazda dealer in the September/October 3 years ago and the car had only travelled about 30 miles (something to do with pre registering and quotas I believe....fantastic value for us though).

lorisparkle Tue 27-Aug-13 16:11:34

Absolutely love my Ford Galaxy. I was worried it would be a 'tank' to drive but it is the easiest car ever. I love the full adult sized back seats as it means we can take grandparents places with us without moving car seats. I do sometimes find it is large to park but that is fine with child spaces and the parking sensors are great. My only gripe is that the boot when the very back seats are down slopes towards the door so unless you pack carefully everything falls out!

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