7-seaters make a lot of sense for customers looking to lease a vehicle through the Motability scheme. They're really roomy, which means they can carry a lot of people and stuff. A lot of them have sliding side doors for easier access to the rear, and some can be more easily converted into wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVs) too.
Take a look through some of the best 7-seater Motability cars available right now from some of the world's most popular manufacturers such as Ford, Renault and Peugeot.
Citroën Grand C4 SpaceTourer
The ultimate in 7-seat practicality
Citroën's people carrier game has always been strong, and the latest iteration of the Grand C4 SpaceTourer (formally known as the Grand C4 Picasso) is their best-ever 7-seater MPV. This is confirmed by the expert reviewing team at Car Buyer who awarded it best MPV for 2019.
Practicality is of course the car's strong suit. Look through the customer reviews of the Grand C4 SpaceTourer and you'll find phrases like "plenty of room for my kids and their stuff" and "really comfortable, smooth and a joy to drive".
Its clever interior design features really must be seen to be appreciated, and the infotainment and safety technology is up there with the best in class - this really is a true all-rounder.
Classic family transport
The Ford Galaxy is another one of those 7-seaters that has been around for a while, and just keeps getting better over time. It's improved to the point where it almost provides luxury-class travel - comfy seats, lots of room and a smooth driving experience see to that.
As with all Fords, standard kit levels are super high, and Titanium models feature dual-zone automatic climate control, auto-folding door mirrors, sat nav, keyless entry and cruise control.
Both manual and automatic versions are available with the only engine option on the Motability scheme; the 2.0-litre Ecoblue diesel. The Galaxy can easily be adapted to make it easier to use for a wide range of physical disabilities, just ask one of our Motability specialists for more information.
Peugeot 5008 SUV
Stylish 7-seat SUV
SUVs are really popular in the UK right now, and Peugeot are making some of the best SUVs available. That's proven by the 5008 winning 'Best Large SUV' in the 2019 WhatCar? awards.
Its credentials as an excellent 7-seater Motability car are proven further by the customer reviews, one of which states that it's an "excellent drive, with wheelchair hoist in a good size boot". Another customer praised the technology, such as the electric automatic tailgate and innovative i-Cockpit control system.
Safety and technology are big pluses of the 5008 SUV, with blind spot monitoring, lane keeping assistance, auto-dimming headlights all fitted as standard. Other tech features include 3D sat nav, wireless phone charging, LED headlights and smartphone connectivity.
Renault Grand Scenic
Ultra-stylish family MPV
The French really are strong contenders in the world of 7-seater MPVs, and the Renault Grand Scenic is further proof of that. It's a brilliantly stylish, practical and comfortable car that's perfect for Motability customers.
What are customers saying about the Grand Scenic? Plus points on the Reevoo reviews include the fact that it's spacious, smooth and that it's really easy to fold down the back seats. Factor in the other comments that mention its adaptive cruise control, lane correction technology and the excellent fuel economy and you're on to a winner.
Like the Peugeot, it's jam-packed with safety technology such as active-emergency braking and pedestrian detection. It also wins the award for the biggest wheels in this list too - 20-inch alloys are standard on all models.
Large 7-seat SUV
Back onto the 7-seater SUVs now with the SEAT Tarraco, which is the brand's first attempt at a big SUV. It's not just an attempt either, it's a great execution, and that's proven from the car magazine write ups, one of which declares that it's "enjoyable to drive and generously equipped".
SE Technology models, popular with Motability customers, feature 18-inch alloy wheels, 8-inch sat nav, digital cockpit and rear parking sensors as standard, all of which makes it stylish, feature-packed and easy to park.
Both manual and automatic, as well as petrol and diesel, versions are available on the Motability scheme, plus four-wheel drive models too, if you'd like a bit of extra traction when the roads get slippy.
Vauxhall Combo Life XL
Flexible family bus
Vauxhall had a big void to fill when they stopped building the Zafira MPV, and the 7-seater Combo Life XL has stepped into its shoes brilliantly, bringing with it bags of space, practicality and comfort.
Its ease of access features include sliding side doors on both sides of the car, plus three individual rear seats that can fit three child seats side-by-side. Because they're individual seats, they can be folded flat independently, and one or both of the rear-most seats can be removed entirely if you like. The Lift-up rear tailgate provides a huge opening in which to load cargo, and its boxy shape makes it extra practical.
It's great value too, with low advance payments available on both petrol and diesel models.
Dependable, roomy and versatile
Citroën's 7-seaters come in a variety of forms, and the Berlingo offers something completely different to the excellent Grand C4 SpaceTourer featured earlier. It does have some similarities in terms of its credentials, just like the Grand C4 SpaceTourer, it's an award-winner, receiving accolades from both Auto Express and WhatCar? in 2019 for being the best MPV on sale.
Customers rate it too, with phrases like "nice and roomy", "so comfortable" and "good visibility all round", common themes amongst the reviews from those who actually drive one on a daily basis.
Aside from being a 7-seater, other accessibility features include twin sliding side doors, a raised driving position, wide-opening rear tailgate and excellent comfort.
Tough enough for everyday life
The Nissan X-Trail is a serious SUV that's available not only as a 7-seater, but a four-wheel drive 7-seater too, which is not something you'll find often on the Motability scheme.
It's a strong offering from the Japanese brand, and the good news continues with the standard-fit automatic gearbox and the choice between both petrol and diesel engine options, depending on your needs.
It's quite a large vehicle, so you'll have plenty of room inside and the boot is a good size too. Standard-fit equipment on even just mid-range models includes great safety tech such as traffic sign recognition, front/rear parking sensors, lane departure warning and emergency braking with pedestrian detection.
The driver's choice of 7-seater
The Ford S-MAX shares a lot of the same traits as the Galaxy in terms of its space, economy, comfort and technology, but adds an extra dose of style and flair into the mix too.
It's also a lot more fun to drive, with the S-MAX tuned to be more on the sporty side of the MPV spectrum - there's even a 190bhp version with some serious shove behind it.
Inside you still get seven comfy seats, a good sized boot (huge with the seats folded down) and lots of technology. Standard kit on Motability models includes a digital instrument cluster, DAB radio, sat nav, cruise control and auto/lights wipers. Safety tech is good too, and the S-MAX has a lane keeping aid, traffic sign recognition and a Thatcham Category 1 alarm system.
As you made your way through this list, you'll have noticed that 7-seaters come in two different forms: MPV (multi-purpose vehicles) and SUV (sport utility vehicle).
If you prefer ease of access, practicality and a great all-round ability to transport people and stuff, go for the MPV. Their overall roominess and family-friendly features can't be matched by any other vehicles.
Looking for something a bit more stylish? You may be better off with an SUV. They're definitely on-trend right now and some even have the added bonus of optional four-wheel drive too, plus the raised ride height gives a great view of the road.
All of the above vehicles are available with the Evans Halshaw Motability scheme. Every single one of our new car dealerships is Motability accredited, so if you need any more information or want to book a test drive, contact your nearest one today.