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What's the best seven seater around? Or should we just get a landy and have done with it?

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GloriaVanderbilt Sun 14-Aug-11 16:57:35

I would prefer something you can hose down, I mean inside, iykwim grin

We've four children between us at present and thinking about another. So theoretically we will need a bigger car...we have two at the moment and normally end up with one of us driving one car and most or all of the kids squashed in.

I'm clueless about what's out there for this size family so if anyone has any suggestions I'd be grateful. smile

SpringFlowers Sun 14-Aug-11 21:22:31

We just bought a Peugeot 5008 and love it. Seven seats, loads of room and I quite like driving it. A thing to look for is how the back seats move. In the 5008 each if the three seats moves independently of the others, prevents older children making illegal use of their elbows grin. Some models don't have very lively engines, if buying look for those with around 150 bhp.

We've gad the car a week and don't knowhow we managed before!

Get a Land Rover and jobs a gooden. We have one, and it's great. The third row seats are big enough to seat an adult in, in comfort, this is not what we found in some other cars!!! Search discovery 3 on you tube to find the advert where they get 7 rugby players into it!!

GloriaVanderbilt Mon 15-Aug-11 07:53:48

thanks guys, brilliant stuff, I'll have a look at both.

PerryCombover Mon 15-Aug-11 08:05:50

We have an Smax. It drives like a decent car and I forget that I have a child wagon. Apparently the Galaxy is also v decent and worth a go as has extra space.
I was very pleasantly surprised by Ford tbh.

Sam100 Mon 15-Aug-11 08:14:28

We have an smax too. It is great for 3 as you can get them all across the middle row in car seats and still have a big boot. The 2 seats in the boot are handy for extra kids but not big enough for an adult IMO. if you were regularly going to have 5 kids in the back then I would say you need something more substantial.

GloriaVanderbilt Mon 15-Aug-11 10:21:59

Thankyou. Sorry for rushed post this morning.

The thing is, there tend to be a lot of times when I do need to take all of them and so perhaps we need to work on that principle.

Currently have a fiesta which though it copes, well the back is very squashed with even three of them, and one has to sit in the front which has an airbag so far from ideal (can't turn off the airbag on this one and they wanted £££ to do it at the dealers), so really I'm fairly desperate for another car anyway even if we don't add another to the throng smile

It would be lovely for us BOTH to go places with all the kids and just one car. I'm wondering if I could somehow trade in the fiesta as it's not that old, and go for a bigger Ford.

PerryCombover Mon 15-Aug-11 11:43:22

Have a look at the galaxy, it's good

Catslikehats Mon 15-Aug-11 11:46:50

Have had an XC90 - yy know it's a volvo but I like the fact that it seats 7 and still doesn't feel huge.

seeker Mon 15-Aug-11 11:51:00


Sidge Mon 15-Aug-11 11:51:08

A Fiesta is pretty small - anything will be bigger than that grin

I LOVED my S-Max and now have a Citroen C4 Grand Picasso which is pretty good too. But the 2 extra seats are really only suitable for children and not adults. But when down they do leave you with an enormous boot space.

Friend has a Galaxy which is lovely, another friend has a Chrysler Grand Voyager which is also great.

I just had a Zafira as a courtesy car and hated it so would say don't go for one of those.

GloriaVanderbilt Mon 15-Aug-11 12:27:27

Seeker...I've seen a bongo from the outside but I'm mainly looking for everyday use, not camping it economical enough for an everyday car?

Our dealership said they have galaxies and s-maxes to look at so I should go and see them (and be given the hard sell)grin I might go and see the galaxy, it's far far cheaper than the s max by the look of things...not sure why?

thankyou Sidge, will look into the Chrysler as well...and I like volvos, really would be happy with a volvo again, though probably quite dear aren't they.

My folks have got a meriva and it's not big enough I don't think. But actually it might work, maybe they would swap! They don't need 7 seats on an everyday basis!

Thanks again for all the suggestions. It's really helpful.

seeker Mon 15-Aug-11 12:45:55

We use our bongo as an everyday car-as well as for overnighting. We call it a beach hut that can do 90 down the motorway!

GloriaVanderbilt Mon 15-Aug-11 12:47:29

Really? I think I will take a look at the seat configs and see if it would suit us.

Thanks...our neighbours up the road have one but I think they only use it for campling, it's been gone a week...and I don't know them well enough to ask to look inside!

PeelingmyselfofftheCeiling Mon 15-Aug-11 12:49:54

VW Caravelle?

26minutes Mon 15-Aug-11 12:51:18

We have a Galaxy, would love an S-Max but can't afford one sad. Although underneath it's a VW, the styling is still Ford & being a Ghia the spec is high. I really like it. We've always had Fords so it was really the only choice for us. It drives well, fuel consumption is well over 50mpg on a run, drives round town well & tonnes of space even with the back seats in. Surprisingly doesn't feel very big either. We have a Mondeo as well which actually feels bigger and heavier than the GAlaxy.

GloriaVanderbilt Mon 15-Aug-11 12:54:26

That sounds good if it's nicer to drive than a mondeo. And I'll look at the VW. I suppose I'd really like something that's more a 'normal# car, I mean low-ish, nothing too complicated, just more space.

I did think of getting an old Volvo 70 or something, you know those enormously long ones that have hundreds of children's seats, but I don't know how long they last. Also like old Mercedes, they seem to do well.

seeker Mon 15-Aug-11 12:54:26

Ours has two rows of 3 seats. Both rows fold back or forward to make either a bed, or a boot space or a table the middle with 3 seats in the back. If you see what I mean.

KittyWalker Mon 15-Aug-11 12:55:15

Love my S-Max, lots of room good to drive (for a large car)

26minutes Mon 15-Aug-11 12:55:54

Also looking at the newer people carriers the back seats have a lot less space than in the older Galaxy. DH and I sat in the back the other day as we let FIL have a drive and we were suprised at how much space there was and how far away you are still from the tailgate, whereas a lot of the newer ones (I was having a nosey in a C4 Grand Poocasso that was parked next to us) the back seat seems to touch the tailgate and has no proper headrest. Just a thought if there will be LOs travelling in the back 2 seats regularly.

Ponders Mon 15-Aug-11 13:00:22

meriva is only 5 seats so no good to you smile

does it need to be a new car? the best big 7-seater was always the Toyota Previa but they stopped making it in 2006.

BeckyLK Mon 15-Aug-11 13:04:32

Kia's huge, seven proper seats that can be moved/removed seperately so eveyone can be seperated and accomodated as necessary!

GloriaVanderbilt Mon 15-Aug-11 13:04:47

Yes have just realised that Ponders, when someone mentioned the zafira I thought, ooh I wonder if the meriva has two extra seats. But you're right it doesn't.

Good to know about the older galaxy...wonder what year that was up to. I think the one they're selling is an 07.

I will look into the Previa as well. There are loads to look at, aren't there...I do want something that will carry them all happily all the time.
Still harking back to the idea of a landrover, but then fuel economy and parking isn't SO great I imagine?

Ponders Mon 15-Aug-11 13:09:48

Hyundai i800 is a new one on me. Looks huge (but huge to drive & park too!)

Hyundai do a transferable 5-year/100,000 mile warranty

GloriaVanderbilt Mon 15-Aug-11 13:10:38

kia sounds very good. I also wondered about a Seat (alhambra?) as it had fitted child seat restraints or someting...? Can't remember now, someone told me it was unusual in that respect.

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