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Best eight-seater people carriersBack

060513 Volkswagen TransporterFerrying a large family around can be stressful so it’s well worth making sure you have the right vehicle to cater successfully for the masses.

Finding a seven-seater car is easy, there is so much choice on the market, but if you’re looking for a vehicle to seat eight plus, the options become more limited. Follow Trusted Dealers’ guide below to the choices available.

First up is the Citroen C8 which has been purposely built as a people hauler and does its job very well. You can pick up a used Citroen C8 for a great price and this smooth riding bus comes with seven seats as standard, but for those journeys when eight seats is required, there is an extra seat in the rearmost row as an option on the LX and SX models.

Enter the Citroen C8 and you’ll find a well equipped, pleasant looking cabin, but the drawback is that with all eight seats in use, there leaves practically no room for any luggage, with just space between the seats and the tailgate. The answer to this problem would be to invest in a large roof box and possibly a trailer too.

Another option is the Hyundai i800 which offers a good amount of space inside for 8 people and sliding doors for ease of access. Luggage space is much better than the C8 and you’ll find enough room to take all 8 people’s luggage on holiday as long as they pack sensibly! The appeal of the i800 is that it’s an affordable price and comes with a five year/100,000 mile warranty. Some of the drawbacks include a low level of safety equipment – with only two airbags as standard it’s hardly sufficient for a large family-orientated vehicle.

A final option would be to opt for a people-carrying van with windows – Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, Peugeot and Citroen all feature these types of vans and the advantage of this type of vehicle is that you will benefit from a lot more space. In fact, there will be room enough for 9 people to sit comfortably including their luggage. The added benefit of vans is that they are tougher built than a car with simple, easy-to-use controls and a high seating position for the driver plus huge mirrors to ease reversing. Most vans also have high, flat rubber covered floors which are easy to clean.

The drawbacks to opting for a van is that it will be noisier than a car and might not be as plush inside, although most modern vans now come with most of the latest equipment as standard such as air conditioning and high quality music systems. Another setback is that the safety ratings for family vans which have recently been produced by Euro NCAP, the leading crash safety organisation, have come back fairly low with only the Ford Transit Custom picking up the five star maximum score at present.

If you have a large family or simply loads of friends to ferry about, an eight-seater vehicle is a far more sociable option than taking two cars, not to mention a better choice for the environment. Vans which currently offer eight seats or more include the Volkswagen Transporter, the Mercedes-Benz Viano, the Peugeot Expert Tepee and the Citroen Dispatch Combi.


Posted by Leana Kell on 06/05/2013