Why lease a 7-seat Motability Car?
7-seaters make a lot of sense for customers looking to lease a vehicle through the Motability Scheme:
- They're really roomy - great for carrying mobility aids
- They can carry a lot of people and/or luggage
- A lot of them have sliding side doors for easier access to the rear
- Many can be easily converted into wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVs)
Citroën Grand C4 SpaceTourer
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-seat MPV. This is confirmed by the expert reviewing team at Car Buyer who have crowned it 'Best MPV' in previous years.
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.
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 you can lease through Motability, 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 simpler to use for a wide range of physical disabilities, with wheelchair hoists, swivel seats and hand controls all commonly found on Motability-sourced Galaxy models.
SUVs are really popular in the UK right now, and Peugeot are making some of the best SUVs available. That's proven by the latest generation 5008, which has become a really strong contender thanks to a recent facelift.
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, 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.
Vauxhall Vivaro-e Life
In fact, the Vivaro-e Life seats a minimum of eight people in the posh 'Elite' version, with the more utilitarian 'Combi' variant actually able to seat nine occupants.
All these people can be transported around in smooth, near-silent bliss thanks to the fully electric powertrain of the Vivaro-e Life. Up to 143 miles is the maximum range, and you can charge it up at home in just 7.5 hours using a Wallbox, which is included as part of your Motability agreement.
Citroën Berlingo XL
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 however, as it's also an award-winner, receiving accolades from both Auto Express and WhatCar? 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 a Berlingo 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 seat comfort.
Vauxhall Combo Life XL
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 rearmost 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 useful.
It's great value too, with low advance payments available on both petrol and diesel models.
Nissan e-NV200 Combi
The e-NV200 Combi is another fully electric 7-seater, but is more manoeuvrable and compact than the other choices out there.
Its smaller dimensions don't mean it's lacking in practicality though, and the sliding side doors make it easy to access the interior. The cabin itself is light and airy, and because of the lack of a conventional drivetrain, space is actually really good.
The rearmost seats fold upwards and to the side, giving you an excellent loading area into which a wheelchair or mobility scooter will fit without issue. You can seat five passengers at the same time, too.
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 as well.
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 S-MAX 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.
Find your perfect Motability car with Evans Halshaw
As you made your way through this list, you'll have noticed that 7-seaters come in two different forms: MPV (multi-purpose vehicle) 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 you 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.