7 seater estate car – not MPV
7 seaters are tall for a reason. If you sit in the back of an estate, surely there’s nowhere to put your feet?
What’s wrong with normal 7 seaters anyway? If you think they are high sided wallowy bad handling things, I suggest you test drive one.
I drove a 170bhp Ford Galaxy a while back. It was about a million times better to drive than my older Passat Estate.Posted 5 years agoLegomanMember
As Daisy Duke said above, E-class has 2 rear-facing seats in the boot.
I’m looking for something along similar lines and that’s the only non-MPV/4×4 I can find with 7 seats.
They don’t look massively comfortable though – I think they’re really only for children/short journeysPosted 5 years agothegeneralistMember
We’re looking for a new car that we can take 6 or 7 people for occasional short trips. You used to be able to do this in Renault 21, Merc E class, Volvo etc but these days most 7 seaters seem to be horrible tall MPVs.
Anyone know of any normal estates that seat 7?Posted 5 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
I’ve got a C-max and OK so the S-max, gallaxy and C-max grande are all a little bigger, but it really does handle ‘like a car’. And not a crap car either, I test drove a load of normal hatches and estates and it’s well above average. guess that’s due to it being based on the MK2 focus, so an S-max based on the Mondeo would seem like a really good bet.
Also, not many cars actually have full headroom for 6ft+ people in the back, mines got masses!Posted 5 years agomidlifecrashesSubscriber
Another S-Max owner here, previously in a Honda Stream, which is a much more car-like drive, despite how good the S-Max is. When growing up as part of a big clan, we had Citroen CX Family and Pug 504 family version which really were just big estate cars with three rows of seats, I suppose when you look at the premium you pay for a people carrier you can see why the car companies don’t want to do it any more.Posted 5 years agosuperfliMember
Honda FRV. 6 permanent seats, so full size and suitable for adults, although I would suggest the smallest go front centre.Posted 5 years ago
Thats 3 in front, 3 in back and of course you still have full capacity boot.
We just sold ours. Never had a problem with it, just too big for our needs and the 2.0 petrol was juicy (2.2 cdti would be much better). Now have a 2.2cdti civic.nickjbSubscriber
I wsa always a bit anti MPV but now we have one it’s great. Very comfortable in the back, room for people and bikes or take the seats out and it’s a van. It’s also much shorter than a lot of estate cars so is easy to drive around town and park. Not ideal for ragging around country lanes but I did all that in my yoof and I’m a bit old for that sort of thing now.Posted 5 years agodantsw13Member
I have a Volvo XC90. The extra seats are proper ones, with full seatbelts, and still space behind them for luggage (much safer in a crash too). They fold away into the floor for a cavernous luggage space – I have had a big 3 seat leather sofa inside with the boot closed!!Posted 5 years agoTreksterSubscriber
Really enjoyed having “fun” with my 2ltr Touran 😆 Had it 5yrs, now got a Sorrento for caravan towing duties. Touran was a good tow car but bigger `van = excuse for bigger car 😉Posted 4 years ago
Once you get used to sitting in the higher position of an mpv/4×4 you get to like it. MrsT was against the idea until using mpv style hire cars at work, won`t go back to a “normal” car now.
Touran/Zaffira style is much easier to park in tight spots that a lot of modern sloping roof estate cars imo.
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