Electric cars are very much part of our future. With each new model looking to push the envelope, the electric car is much more desirable than it once was.
And as for 7-seaters, well, they aren't exactly the most attractive or sought-after cars on the planet. However, with the popularity of electric cars, can the stereotype be somewhat reworked a little, and offer a decent solution that not only makes the 7-seater more attractive, but also add a new dimension into the practical and affordable family car debate.
Below, we have put together some of our favourite ultra-practical 7-seaters that are fully-electric.
- Citroën e-Berlingo/Vauxhall Combo-e Life/Peugeot e-Rifter
- Nissan e-NV200 Combi
- Vauxhall Vivaro-e Life/Citroën e-SpaceTourer/ Peugeot e-Traveller
- Mercedes-Benz EQV
- Tesla Model X
Citroën e-Berlingo/Vauxhall Combo-e Life/Peugeot e-Rifter
The Citroën e-Berlingo, Vauxhall Combo-e Life, and Peugeot e-Rifter are siblings of one another, but have some slightly different styling changes to set them apart, all you have to do is pick your favourite.
To say these cars offer 7-seats is interesting, as they're fairly compact when compared to the usual 7-seaters of this world. Each model offers up to 174 miles of range and a peppy 134bhp motor which will have the 0 to 62mph sprint dealt with in a just over 11 seconds. By no means rapid, but 7-seaters aren't really built for their pace.
Instead of speed, you get decent amounts of room with up to 775 litres of boot space – when just five seats are in place, as with any 7-seater the boot is reduced when 7 seats are in place.
Charging takes 30 minutes with a rapid charger – giving you 80% battery, or overnight via a wallbox, and each model has useful rear sliding doors for extra practicality.Search new Citroën e-Berlingo offers Search new Vauxhall Combo-e Life offers Search new Peugeot e-Rifter Offers
Nissan e-NV200 Combi
Based on the popular Nissan LEAF, the Nissan e-NV200 Combi is a practical 7-seater that's fully-electric and offers quirky Japanese styling.
Like the previous trio, it offers rear sliding doors like many of these capacious 7-seaters. There's big boot too - even with 7-seats in place, you still get a massive 600-litre load area.
It comes with a 40kWh battery that is capable of up to 124 miles of range on a combined cycle, which increased to 187 miles if you primarily used the e-NV200 Combi for city driving.
Charging time varies, but like most electric cars, charging via a rapid charger takes under an hour, whilst an overnight charge will suit most owners.Search new Nissan e-NV200 Combi Offers
Vauxhall Vivaro-e Life/Citroën e-SpaceTourer/ Peugeot e-Traveller
Again we see Vauxhall, Peugeot and Citroën sharing a very good base, whilst adding their own design language to this electric 7-eater.
At first glance, all three are essentially very van-like, with the rear space being now used for seating. All three feature a 134bhp motor which enables a 0 to 62mph time of just under 11 seconds and a range of around 143 miles.
Of course, styling is subjective, but the Vauxhall adds the ability of 9-seats if you need even more space and seating.
Charging is again dictated via the use of a rapid charger, dropping charging time significantly to within an hour. A standard wall box will usually have them all full again, but domestic plug charging will take over a day – so best avoid that option if you can.
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If perhaps you're after something a little more premium from your 7-seater, then the Mercedes-Benz EQV may tempt you. Available from our friends at Stratstone Mercedes-Benz, the EQV offers typical Mercedes-Benz luxury, with enhanced practicality, and of course being fully-electric, you can save a large amount on running costs too.
It's a lot plusher inside than those mentioned previously, but as expected, it costs more from the start. It offers more power too, with a 201bhp electric motor, but it's actually a second or so slower from 0 to 62mph than the aforementioned, taking around 12 seconds. It does offer an increased range of up to 210 miles, however.
As is the norm, a rapid charger is the way to go, taking around 45 minutes, whilst overnight charging from a wall box is also a convenient way of getting your full range again.Search New Mercedes EQV offers at Stratstone
Tesla Model X
We simply cannot talk electric cars without mentioning Tesla. This last car is vastly different to the usual 7-seat norm, somewhat of an easter egg, but we simply had to mention it. Whilst more expensive than others on this list, what Tesla has done for the electric car is nothing short of impressive.
If you're in the market for a practical 7-seater that can embarrass a supercar in a straight line, the Model X is the electric 7-seater for you. This is because 0 to 62mph is dealt with in a mind-blowing 2.6 seconds (yes you read that right) when selecting the Plaid version.
The Model X offers an impressive range of up to 300 miles too. And as for party tricks, the Tesla has many, with falcon rear doors sure to turn heads. With a large Telsa charging network, rapid charging is convenient, whilst wall box charging is an overnight affair.Search Used Tesla
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We hope our list has given you food for thought about electric 7-seaters, along with just how far you can go with practicality and surprising speed.
If you're looking to buy, our new and used car collections are home to a wide variety of electric 7-seaters that are ready for you to test drive today. Alternatively, our partners at Stratstone offer a variety of electric 7-seaters too, if you're after one of the more premium offerings.