As cars seem to be getting more and more compact, it can be challenging to find a vehicle big enough to accommodate 7 passengers or more.
The good news is that there are still a number of great options for families looking for a 7 passenger vehicle with great features, safety ratings, and yes, even style.
These are some of the top 7 seater cars on the market.
2019 BMW X5
Starting at just over $62,000, the BMW X5 is an extremely stylish entry into the world of 7 seater cars.
Standard on the X5 is a 335-horsepower turbocharged 6-cylinder engine, but you can also upgrade to a V8 that boasts 456-horsepower.
Of course, you’ll get all the perks you’d expect like adaptive cruise control, lane departure warnings, and full parking sensors on the front and back of the vehicle.
All X5s come standard with 5 seats, and while you can upgrade to 7 seats, you’ll find that only children will be comfortable in this SUVs third row seating.
In the front seats, you’ll automatically get heated, synthetic leather seats, but if you’re feeling like some excessive luxuries, you can upgrade to full leather seats with massage functions, heated steering wheel, armrests, and temperature-controlled cupholders.
The BMW X5 comes complete with an iDrive infotainment system that features a 12.3-inch screen, navigation, three USB ports, and a 10-speaker audio system.
Verdict: Style takes precedence over comfort in terms of the 7 seating capabilities, but this is a worthy entry into the world of 7 seater cars.
2019 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
Clocking in at just under $70,000, the 2019 Range Rover Sport is a luxury SUV with third row seating that comfortably allows for up to 7 passengers.
Land Rover has built a smooth performing SUV with four-wheel drive, a boatload of features, and a variety of engine options to choose from like fuel-efficient diesel or the uber-powerful 518-horsepower supercharged V8.
Your children in the middle row of seating will be entertained by dual 10-inch touch screens that support Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, but the add-on third-row seating is just barely roomy enough for children. It’s almost entirely useless for adults.
Verdict: The Range Rover Sport is an excellent option for the family seeking style, space, and efficiency.
2019 Acura MDX
The 2019 Acura MDX might be the best bang for your buck at roughly $44,000 for the 7 seater.
You’ll only get one engine option on the MDX, but it’s a powerful 290-horsepower V6. You’ll also get driver assistance and safety technologies that many rivals won’t include for a comparable price, but the MDX offers those features as well as automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and even lane-keeping assist.
The first and second rows of the MDX are spacious and comfortable while the third row is about what you’d expect – roomy for kids but less than desirable for large teens and adults.
You can expect fine Milano leather on the top-trim models and standard leather upholstery on all mid-level MDXs.
The whole family will appreciate the wealth of USB ports spread throughout the cabin, adding up to a whopping total of six ports.
Verdict: For the price, the Acura MDX is one of the best 7 seater SUVs on the market.
2019 Audi Q7
The 2019 Audi Q7 enjoys high-ratings across the board for luxury midsize SUVs and unlike some of its competitors, 7 seats actually come standard (along with full leather upholstery and a panoramic sunroof).
For upwards of $53,000, the base model comes with a 248-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and if you’re seeking a little more power, you can upgrade to the 3.0-liter supercharged V6 option with 329-horsepower.
Regardless of the model you choose, you’ll get Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system which comes standard on all models.
The third row of seating isn’t huge, but it’s slightly more spacious than the Q7’s competitors and is doable for an adult on a short trip.
Like most of the luxury midsize vehicles in this space, the Q7 comes with an assortment of LATCH connections so that you can properly install child seats.
Entertainment wise, the Q7 comes standard with an 8.3-inch display that supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. If that’s not quite enough screen for you, the Audi Virtual Cockpit might be a good option with its 12.3-inch digital display that replaces the traditional instrument cluster.
Verdict: The Audi Q7 is a worthy contender in the world of 7 passenger SUVs, and you likely won’t be disappointed.
2019 Lincoln Navigator
Clocking in at just over $73,000, the Lincoln Navigator is an impressive entry into the luxury 7 seater SUV space.
The Navigator features a powerful 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that produces up to 450 horsepower and affords up to 8,700 pounds of towing capabilities. Four-wheel drive is available as an upgrade but otherwise, you’ll get a rear-wheel drive.
The Navigator can accommodate up to 8 people depending on the options you select, and the third row of seating is actually quite adult-friendly.
Aesthetics are a strength of the Navigator with plush leather upholstery and wood accents, and the entertainment is equally impressive with the SYNC 3’s 10-inch touch screen, navigation, and 14-speaker Revel audio system.
Verdict: The Lincoln Navigator might just be the best 7 passenger vehicle on the market.
Happy hunting! Hope this guide helps make your decision a little easier.