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Seven-seater cars are an excellent choice for those seeking a large family car to transport. Some seven-seater cars have enormous boots, so if you have lots of luggage you need to cart about, they also offer a great alternative to a small van.
Volvo XC90 (02-15)
If you’re looking for a used Volvo seven seater car, you can grab some excellent deals on the used model of the XC90. The XC90 is a practical family car that has proved popular for more than a decade thanks to its space, comfort and high safety levels. It offers a stylish alternative to other 7 seater cars on the market, although some drivers might not find it as sharp to drive as competitors such as the BMW X5 or the Audi Q7.
We’d recommend buyers opt for the 2.4-litre diesel version – the later models badged D5 offer 182bhp and this model is far more economical to run than the petrol versions. Should you prefer a petrol version, we’d opt for the 210bhp 2.5-litre turbo-charged engine.
The XC90 is a practical car and the cabin is solid and well-made – as we’d expect from a brand that prides itself on safety. Enter the cabin and there’s plenty of space in the middle, although the third row is better seated to child occupants only. The middle row seats have MPV capability meaning you can slide and adjust then independently while the back two seats can fold into the floor to increase space.
To drive, you need to take into account this is a large tank-like car, therefore don’t expect it to be too nippy on corners. There’s quite a lot of body roll too and handling is certainly not as sharp as the BMW X5. Take it off road and you’ll struggle – in fact the XC90 isn’t really capable of anything more than a muddy car park.
Safety is at the forefront of the XC90 and kit with the standard used model includes twin front, side and cabin-length curtain airbags.
Running costs are high on the used XC90 while service costs will also set you back a fair amount, but you should find it cheaper to ensure than rivals thanks to its high level of safety equipment. Diesel models fall into group 15 unless you opt for the executive trim.
Volvo XC90 (2015-)
After a 12 year wait, Volvo has just released its new 2015 XC90 which offers more advanced technology, better efficiency, more style and even more safety equipment – if that’s possible! In fact, Auto Express are so happy with the new Volvo XC90 they’ve named it their ‘Car of the Year 2015’!
Some of the immediate bonuses to the new model include a high-class quality interior which delivers a more exclusive package than its predecessor and puts it into the luxury SUV category alongside rivals such as the Land Rover Discovery and Range Rover Sport.
The new XC90 comes with a wide range of 2.0-litre four-cylinder-only Drive-E engines loaded with advanced technology but we’d opt for the Volvo XC90 D5 220bhp Momentum to achieve the best balance between performance and fuel economy. There’s also a XC90 T8, a plug-in hybrid with 395bhp, and all models benefit from an 8-speed automatic gearbox
New advanced safety features on the XC90 include special energy-absorbent seats, Volvo’s City Safety auto-braking tech, Queue Assist and a self-parking system. In addition, there’s a generous specification on the entry-level Momentum which comes with climate control, leather, sat nav and LED headlamps. Furthermore, Volvo’s Sensus system can offer WiFi hotspot functionality and phone tethering with Apple CarPlay built in.
Practicality is one of the highlights of the new XC90. Similarly to its predecessor, the XC90 offers a high seating position, a spacious 3 rows of seats and a five-door body with tailgate. Furthermore, it adds a large storage area to the central console, a spacious glove box and plenty of storage in the back row. Seats are comfortable and roomy and the third row offers enough space for adults, although headroom may be a bit tight for taller people. Furthermore, there’s 451 litres of space with all seven seats in place – fold the third row down and space increases to a huge 1,102 litres.
The XC90 delivers a far more upmarket package to its predecessor and slots into the premium SUV market very well thanks to its advanced fuel efficiency and safety technologies, making it a powerful proposition for family car buyers.