Best used eight-seater cars

Need a car with space for eight? We've rounded up the best second-hand eight-seaters on sale in the UK

James Wilson
Dec 17, 2019

If you're looking for a car with plenty of space for passengers you could be looking at a people carrier, but even the largest people carriers tend to only have seats for up to seven incumbents. The trouble is, if you go for anything much bigger than this you'll be looking at applying for a minibus license, and what a hassle that would be.

Good news for you, there is a small selection of cars available that do offer enough space for eight people - the veritable cream of the people carrier crop. With unmatched levels of space and practicality along with very reasonable running costs considering their size, these cars can tick an awful lot of boxes, while still remaining a 'car' to all intents and purposes.

It isn’t just taxi drivers snapping up eight-seater cars either - although they do buy their fair share. There is a wealth of what you'd refer to as 'normal' drivers hunting for vehicles with eight seats as well. Classic examples include those who have to transport a bumper crop of offspring or need to shuttle about a sports team and their equipment.

Considering this might not be the most in-demand segment of the car market, it is catered for with a fairly strong line-up of options from a variety of manufacturers. That said, the eight-seater market is certainly less popular nowadays, so you don’t have quite the extensive choice as you would if you were looking for a family hatchback and several of the models below are very similar under the skin, as they share engines and other mechanical kit.

 

This does mean, if you're sticking to the used market, that prices are competitive, but you won't have to spend hours comparing innumerable different models. But, with such a wide variety of uses for cars like this, one may have racked up a few thousand miles as a taxi, while another might have spent its days filled with muddy footballers trawling all over the country.

So it's likely that condition is going to be model specific, and therefore prices can be somewhat variable.

All of the eight-seater cars below have a van-based lineage and that is no accident. Vans are inherently practical thanks to manufacturers designing them for maximum carrying capacity and their vastly spacious load areas. This doesn’t mean all models are born equal, though.

Read on for our pick of the best used eight-seater cars available right here on BuyaCar.

Best used eight-seater cars

1. Toyota Proace Verso

Best eight-seater all-rounder

Latest Toyota Proace Verso deals from £24,950
Monthly finance from £359

The Proace Verso is part of a triplet of basically identical eight-seater vehicles – the other two being the Citroen SpaceTourer and Peugeot Traveller. Much like its siblings, which also featured on this list, the Proace Verso manages to offer a practical van package and car-like driving characteristics.

Toyota offers the Proace Verso in three sizes: compact, medium and long. The first will seat eight, but not with any luggage, while the last will seat eight with tonnes of luggage plus the kitchen sink. It’s the middle of the range medium option that is probably best for most.

Apart from a Toyota-styled front end, the Proace Verso looks much the same as its siblings with Peugeot and Citroen badges – although this is by no means a bad thing as its styling manages to avoid looking too much like a commercial van. Inside, the Proace Verso is the same as its fellow triplets as well, but across the board build quality is good.

What makes the Toyota Proace Verso stand out is its long warranty – five years/100,000 miles to be exact, meaning second-hand buyers can still purchase a car with a decent amount of warranty left.

When hunting for vehicles on the used market, Family spec medium models are one of the best to go for. Sadly you don’t have a choice of fuel type as diesel is your only option (although that is par for the course when it comes to eight-seater cars) but there are manual and automatic models on offer.

2. Hyundai i800

Best eight-seater for five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty

Latest Hyundai i800 deals from £14,100
Monthly finance from £213

While some of the eight-seaters on this list offer a driving experience, which hides their van-based roots. The i800 does not. What the i800 is, though, is great value and supported by a nice long five-year warranty from new. Like its rivals, the i800 is cavernous inside as well.

Hyundai updated the styling of the i800 towards the end of 2018, so on the used market you will have a choice of two styles. There were no revolutions in terms of design when Hyundai refreshed the i800, but as you would expect the newer version looks more modern.

Entry-level SE variants are okay for those who are trying to find an eight-seater without it costing the earth, while SE Nav models offer a bit more in the way of equipment including automatic headlamps, a very handy reversing camera and a seven-inch sat-nav unit.

All models come with a 2.5-litre diesel engine but buyers do have a choice of manual or automatic gearboxes – the latter transmission gets more power, which makes autos the ones to go for.

3. Citroen SpaceTourer

Best eight-seater low used prices

Latest CItroen SpaceTourer deals from £14,490
Monthly finance from £218

The Citroen SpaceTourer is a cracking eight-seater car thanks to the fact it boasts all the practicality of its van-based roots, yet manages to offer motorists a driving experience close to that of a traditional car – sound familiar? Cough Toyota Proace Verso cough.

When hunting around on the used market, you will have to opt for a diesel, as there are no petrol options, with the 150 BlueHDi unit offering motorists the best combination of performance and running costs. As for choice of trim level, Feel models are one of the sweeter spots in the range.

Your options don’t end there, as you can choose between XS-, M- and XL-sized models, which dictate how long a SpaceTourer you are buying – just like with the Proace Verso. M is the best of both worlds when it comes to everyday usability and space, but XL is better for transporting eight people and lots of luggage, while XS is best for those who only occasionally need eight-seats or don’t need any space for luggage.

4. Mercedes-Benz  V-Class

Best eight-seater for upmarket motoring

Latest Mercedes-Benz V-Class deals from £25,875
Monthly finance from £329

If you are after a more upmarket eight-seater vehicle then the Mercedes V-Class could be for you. Yes, prices range from the slightly expensive to the extremely expensive, but buying used helps combat this slightly.

It is important to note that the entry-level ‘standard’ length V-Class only comes with seating for seven, but long and extra-long models pack enough space for eight. The interior of the V-Class is really what helps set it off from its rivals, with soft-touch materials in plentiful supply and stylish touches such as Mercedes’ attractive turbine-style air vents.

The V-Class was launched in 2015 and updated in 2019, but it is the older model that dominates the second-hand market. Irrespective of age, you have to opt for an automatic gearbox and a diesel engine. As for the best trim to look for, all models come well equipped, making entry-level Sport versions arguably the best option for buyers as they are the most affordable.

5. Peugeot Traveller

Best eight-seater for standard equipment

Latest Peugeot Traveller deals from £16,995
Monthly finance from £239

As the Peugeot Traveller shares a platform and engines with the SpaceTourer above, you can imagine deciding between the two will largely be decided by which front end you prefer (as this is the only major difference in looks). Aside from styling, you get the same great levels of practicality and also a decent driving experience.

When it comes to which models to look for on the second-hand market, again there is the choice of body length and again, the middle length will be the best option for most. As for trim level, Peugeot doesn’t offer a super-basic Traveller, so all models should come well equipped. Even so, Active BlueHDI 150 models are the one we recommend hunting down as this brings goodies such as climate control, rear privacy glass and a seven-inch media system.

 

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