When it comes to family vehicles, nothing can beat the SUV. Before, it was the minivan / people carrier that dominated the family-oriented vehicle; however, SUVs are now the vehicle of choice when it comes to hauling the kids around. That is why if you are looking to buy a vehicle that can safely accommodate you and your spouse, the kids, luggage, and even the family dog, then getting a Mercedes Benz GL Class is the perfect luxury vehicle for the job.
The Fiat 500L MPW (Multi Purpose Wagon) is the latest model of family vehicles following on from the Fiat 500L MPV. Its design, style, space and handling are all engineered to a high quality with family usage in mind. In comparison with the 500 MPV, its features have been refined and advanced. For instance, it has an extended range, squeezing an extra row of seats into its wheelbase by extending the body behind the rear axle. It is this extra degree of spaciousness and the comfortable ride that denotes this car as a suitable 7 seater family car.
Never let it be said that the Land Rover 7 seater Defender is not designed for everyone. With some of the latest improvements the vehicle is probably one of the ultimate station wagons available. Nothing beats the feeling of driving one of the most tested and proven all terrain vehicles. Even with the improvements and technology, the long-wheelbase Defender has maintained its heritage with longevity being the core factor in its successful production and design. Not only do you get to triumph over all terrains in all weathers but you also arrive at your destination in statistically one of the safest motor vehicles around.
The Mercedes E-class Estate has a 7 seat option, and is an exciting choice for people with families. It offers the luxury associated with owning a Mercedes, while still maintaining the flexibility of a family estate car. This vehicle has earned a lot of respect and awards from many professional car reviewers. It is also famed as one of the best looking station wagons available to date. The body is quite beautifully shaped and has an excellent style to it. The car is currently available from around £34,000, which is very pricey for a family car, but if you’re intent on combining the practicality of a family car with the luxury of a Mercedes, then perhaps the E-class is the choice for you.
The Mazda CX-9 is a stylish and responsive 7-seater midsize SUV (unavailable in the UK as of 2012/13). It comes in Sport, Touring and Grand Touring trim levels. All trims are available as either front-wheel or all-wheel drive.
Features & Gadgets of the CX9
The Mazda CX-9 has a stylish interior and exterior and a more curvaceous design than most of its competitors. The car is fun to drive due to its sporty feel. Its carlike unibody construction and four-wheel independent suspension provide sporting responses with minimal body roll and controlled ride motions. The steering is perfectly weighted and responsive. The vehicle embraces corners and U-turns with ease. Its agility and responsiveness is such that when driving it you feel like you are in a much smaller vehicle. As a matter of fact, the CX-9 can be described as one of the sportiest 7-seaters available. Unfortunately, the small-car illusion tends to disappear during braking as you get a feel of how big the vehicle when it is under the strain of stopping. The vehicle performs capably in harsh terrain.
The Citroen Berlingo Multispace is a versatile and affordable MPV that has a big load carrying capacity. It shares its basic platform with the Citroen C4 and Peugeot 308 and is available in four trim levels: VT, VTR, XTR and Plus.
Driving Experience & Features of the Berlingo
The car is not particularly agile but is easy to drive. The steering is adjustable and fairly direct, and visibility is fine thanks to lots of windows and sunroofs. The interior is arranged in a logical manner with the gear lever being just below the dash. The tall body does make the car lean a little when cornering, however it settles down quite quickly. These slight movements do not unsettle passengers as its tyres grip well even when cornering. Generally, this vehicle offers good on-road comfort even on rough surfaces.
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In choosing the right car, we must first look at its features and gadgets, practicality and engine & fuel efficiency. The Chevrolet Orlando is a great introduction to the world of seven seaters. It’s affordable, has a reasonable level of features, and can carry seven passengers. In terms of space the Orlando doesn’t have excessive amounts of seating space for the rearmost row of seats, but it still offers great value considering the purchase price.
The KIA Sorento is a well equipped 7 seater with cruise control, air conditioning, tilt/telescoping standard steering wheel and digital radio (DAB). Standard on the V6 models is a third row seat. The EX model has 18 inch wheels and a number of extra features which include leather seats, automatic headlamps, a powered driver’s seat, backup sensors and a push-button start. The optional extras include a more powerful audio system, a sunroof, a navigation system, KIA’s voice command UVO system and a DVD entertainment system.
The Hyundai Motor Company has been in the SUV production business from around the 1990′s. The Hyudai Sante Fe is one of the most successful large family cars that they have released by the company to date. The car was first manufactured in the year of 2000. This was followed by successive productions of the 7 seater with notable advancements and improvements with each variation. There are two major generations of the Sante Fe; the first generation which hit the markets in the years between 2000 and 2006 and the second generation which hit the roads from 2007.
The Carens is a mid-size family car created by Kia that has room for seven passengers in three rows of seats. It was originally launched in 1999 however has undergone many redevelopments and the 2013 model is classed as the ‘fourth generation’ model of the Carens. The latest model has good styling if a rather minimalistic and understated look, yet has a long and sweeping feel of an upmarket estate car. Generally this car would make a great choice, it isn’t necessarily exceptional in all areas, however it offers an excellent compromise for the on-the-road starting price of around £17,000.