Australia’s Best 7 Seater Cars & 7 Seater SUVs

7 seater cars, in particular SUVs, have grown considerably in popularity over the recent years to the point now that they are commonly seen on the road.

Whereas in the past they were viewed as being huge fuel-churning vehicles that were expensive to run, recent improvements to vehicle design has brought the SUV right back into the equation for most larger Australian families.

SUVs of years gone by where big and boxy by nature, however these models have been replaced by sleek designs, economical to run, luxurious to drive in vehicles. Despite the improvements in how economical they are to run, the vehicles have still retained their ‘grunt’ and powerful persona.

7 seater cars and SUVs

What are the top benefits of 7 seater SUVs?

  • One of the great benefits about SUVs is that they are very flexible. They have enough size to allow for considerable room on the interior, however they are not so large that they are difficult to park and drive around town
  • They have just the right blend of power and grunt for towing, but not at the expense of the hip pocket by way of massive fuel consumption when driving around city streets
  • The new-model designs are every bit as sporty to look at as your standard 5 seater family car
  • They offer additional storage and the ability for a family of five to drive on a road trip comfortably, without having to stuff excess luggage in the main internal spaces of the vehicle (I remember my family trips driving across the Nullarbor with luggage at my feet!)

Best Australian 7 seater SUVs

The Toyota Kluger and Hyundai Santa Fe are among the better choices if you are not looking towards the more luxurious European models.

The Kluger is a handy 2 wheel drive, comes in the choice of 7 seater, has a 3.5L petrol V6 engine and is an overall solid choice if you want a vehicle for city and towing use. The Hyundai’s Santa Fe also comes with a 3.5L petrol V6 engine and with the option of a 2.2L turbo diesel.

On the other hand, the Holden Captiva is a solid seller with its 2.4L petrol engine model, or 2.2L 4-cylinder alternative. If you like a little more grunt, you can upgrade to the 3.0L V^ option as well, There is something for everyone with this model for sure.

The Ford Territory was recently crowned as the best SUV under $40,000 by Drive Magazine and is a long-standing best-seller in the Australian market.

This is a very well-rounded vehicle that is sure to impress, which is exactly why it is such a great seller.

A further option, and commonly seen on the roads nowadays, is Toyota’s Prado model. This is a 7 seat car and available as a 5 door model. You pretty much get the works when it comes to features at a reasonable price.

Best European SUVs:

If you are in the market for a more luxurious model, all the usual top-end suspect shave a presence in the market with an offering sure to appeal.

The BMX X5 is an interesting case, as reviews suggest that it lacks a little room towards the rear seating area.

The Audi Q7 is also said to be a little short on space towards the back, though it is bigger in size than the BMW X5.

The third European option is the Mercedes GL Class. This model really is a beast under the hood and an angel to look at. Featuring a 3.0L V6 that is more than sufficient for most family’s needs, the power and torque is sure to satisfy. It also looks fantastic and the 2013 model has just been released, so it’s a great time right now (mid 2013) to look into getting your hands on one of the handful of Mercedes GL Class on Australian roads.

Best 7 Seat Cars

If you do not want or need an SUV, then the range of straight-out 7 seat vehicles will still impress you. As with the vehicles mentioned above, buying a car with more seating capacity allows for comfortable travels, ample storage in the back and an overall better family experience when on the road.

The Honda Odyssey is quality manufacturing personified with its 2.4L i-VTec motor. It is as smooth as silk and has the same reliability as Kevin Rudd’s ability to keep thrusting himself into the political spotlight!

The Peugeot 308 Touring is another high-quality option with plenty of models to choose from. If you are not going to be towing, you can get buy a new 1.6L model or upgrade to the 2.0L option. You can have your choice of petrol or diesel, manual or automatic.

Get this though… They 1.6L diesel option can get 4L/100kms consumption; great fuel economy! I you have a little more money to play with, then you can up-grade a touch to the Mercedes-Benz R Class. This has everything that you would expect from a Merc including all the power you need through the 3.0l V6, and the stylish good looks that we have come to expect of the Mercedes-Benz brand.

There is no doubt that the 7 seater cars range in Australia is very diverse and there truly is something there for everyone out there looking for a slightly large model; be that a 7 seater SUV or just a regular car with capacity for more than 5 passengers.

Related Articles:

If you are in the market for a larger vehicle and are keen on doing so additional research, be sure to view our Best People Movers Review. This comprehensive article will highlight 10 additional vehicles that are well-worth including in your family vehicle short-list.

As an additional resource for individuals that are int he market for a new SUV, we have documented a very thorough Best SUVs & SUV Comparison Guide. This article give you further options to those outlined above and is a must-read before you set out on your way to finding vehicles at your local car dealerships.

If you are looking for an SUV that is a little smaller, our article entitled “Reviews of the Best Small SUVs” is a fantastic starting point. Some people find that although they start with a seven seat vehicle in mind, they ultimately find the range of small SUVs a better fit. If this is you, the small SUV guide is a great starting point.

An external resource that is dedicated solely to reviewing family cars is They have put together a comprehensive guide to the best 7 seater cars in Australia.

A final article that is worth viewing if you absolutely require a large family vehicle is our 8 seater cars guide. This article steps through the top 5 8 seat models and will be a valuable resource for you.

Article written by Damian Roberton