Cheap seven-seater cars

Need lots of seats but have a tight budget? Save a bundle with one of these cheap seven-seaters that offer loads of low-cost practicality

Sam Naylor
Sep 10, 2021

There are plenty of seven-seater cars for sale at any given time, but not all of them are particularly affordable. After all, many of the most notable seven-seat cars are expensive luxury SUVs. Even mid-range seven-seater SUVs can prove pretty pricey.

However, cheap seven-seater cars aren’t too hard to come by if you're open to used cars and happy to consider people carriers as well as off-roaders. Even with a very limited budget, you can easily find all kinds of models that can seat seven people, so we’ve put together a list of the cheapest ones available on BuyaCar.

You can read about the seven-seat models that we recommend in our articles on the best used seven-seater cars and best seven-seater cars in general, but here we’re just looking at the cheapest models. These cars offer lots of practicality at a low cost.

The cheapest seven-seaters tend to be people carriers, which is a type of car that’s fallen out of favour with the new-car-buying public. This means they’re less loved and therefore cheaper to buy used, despite their many strengths - including plenty of passenger room, large boots with lower floors than equivalent SUVs and typically better fuel economy than potentially heavier and more complex SUVs that often come with four-wheel drive.

People carriers are really roomy inside despite a small footprint on the road, and access to the seats is much better than in a typical SUV with seven chairs. They’re often available with efficient engines and are aimed at families, so have durable interiors with lots of handy features.

They’re also generally comfortable and easy to drive, since they’re designed for the school run and family trips. That’s not to say all of the cheapest seven-seater cars are people carriers, as there are SUV options for those looking for a cheap seven-seater car as well.

Read on to find out more about the cheapest seven-seater cars on BuyaCar.co.uk.

Cheap seven-seat cars

1. Ford Grand C-Max

Used deals from £10,824
Monthly finance from £217*

The Ford Grand C-Max is one of the cheapest options if you’re after a seven-seater, but it’s far from a poor choice - it’s actually one of the best cars on this list and the fact that it’s a bargain makes it all the sweeter.

The Grand C-Max is the seven-seat version of the C-Max people carrier, and while it’s not the roomiest model around, it’s really practical for its size and is nice and easy to drive because it's not as large as the most spacious seven-seaters. It’s available with a good range of engines that make it cheap to run, plus it’s surprisingly fun to drive as well.

The Ford is also quiet and smooth on the motorway, plus it’s comfortable and has a good amount of standard equipment, especially at this low price. Useful functions like a heated windscreen mean it’s really easy to live with day-to-day, and it has a decent-sized boot, too.

2010-2019 FORD GRAND C-MAX BUYERS' GUIDE

2. Vauxhall Zafira Tourer

Used deals from £9,450
Monthly finance from £215*

The Vauxhall Zafira Tourer is a little bigger than the Ford Grand C-Max so it might be a better option if you need a lot of interior space on a tight budget. There are loads for sale, so you should be able to find a good one in the specification you want, plus it’s roomy inside and can even fit adults in the rearmost seats.

The interior is durable and well laid out for family life, plus it looks more modern on the inside than it does from the outside. The rear doors open nice and wide so access is easy, which is crucial for many people carrier drivers, and the high roofline means there’s plenty of headroom inside.

The Zafira Tourer’s engine range is good, too. There are some relatively quiet and smooth petrol options or more efficient and cheaper to run diesels for those planning to do longer trips, which should cut your fuel bills.

2012-2018 VAUXHALL ZAFIRA TOURER BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Toyota Verso

Used deals from £13,266
Monthly finance from £244*

The Toyota Verso may be cheap, but it’s not to be ignored if you need a really practical car. It has so much interior space and boot room that there’s very little that you’ll struggle to fit inside, so it works extremely well as a family car.

Being a Toyota, it also has reliability on its side, which is a very important consideration for a used car, and the driving position is comfortable with lots of adjustment. It’s easy to see out of and it’s not too big either, so it should fit into most parking spaces easily enough.

What’s the catch, then? Well, it might be obvious - the Verso isn’t exactly stylish. Its dreary looks extend into the interior, which is plain and functional but without any of the flair you’ll find in some of the other models on this list. The rearmost seats are also quite small and not suitable for adults, but should work fine for children.

4. Citroen Grand C4 Picasso

Used deals from £10,000
Monthly finance from £189*

The Citroen Grand C4 Picasso is one of the best seven-seater cars you can buy, regardless of it appearing in this list of the cheapest ones. It has everything you need from a seven-seater car, and it’s all the better for being brilliant value for money second-hand as well.

There’s loads of space for both passengers and luggage, plus the interior is smart and looks more upmarket than you might expect. Funky styling, comfortable seats, and a smooth driving experience all add to the appeal, too.

It’s focused on providing comfort and calmness, so it works really well for keeping everyone happy, whether they’re behind the wheel or relaxing in the back. The engines are economical, it’s quiet on the motorway and the large windows mean it’s pleasant to spend time in this Citroen. Of all the cars on this list, this is our standout choice. Go for an automatic if this appeals to you, as this type of gearbox suits the car well, though the manual is better value.

2013-2018 CITROEN GRAND C4 PICASSO BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Kia Carens

Used deals Limited stock

We don’t blame you if you’ve never heard of the Kia Carens. It’s always been a second player to the Ford Grand C-Max and Citroen Grand C4 Picasso in the seven-seater world, but it’s worth a look, especially second-hand.

Don’t forget that all Kias have a seven-year manufacturer warranty, so it’s possible to buy a cheap model that still has some manufacturer cover left - and the Carens is bound to be reliable anyway, as Kia has a good reputation for making long-lived cars. Like the Toyota Verso, though, the Carens suffers from being a bit too dull inside and out, and it’s not very exciting to drive either.

It is, however, comfortable, practical, and easy to drive. This counts for a lot when it’s so cheap, as the Kia brings two things sensible seven-seater drivers want most: dependability and practicality. It’s comfortable on long trips and the diesel versions are really economical, so we’d choose those unless you tend to stick to shorter local trips.

2013-2019 KIA CARENS BUYERS' GUIDE

6. Volkswagen Touran

Used deals from £12,500
Monthly finance from £273*

The Volkswagen Touran is a surprising model to see in this list of cheap cars, because the VW badge is quite upmarket - yet because so many have been sold, it’s a cheap used car. It’s a relatively compact model for a seven-seater, yet there’s still a really good amount of space inside.

In particular, the middle row is roomy and comfortable, plus it slides back and forth to create more legroom for the rearmost seats if you need it. This can also increase the boot space if you fold the rearmost seats away. The sixth and seventh seats are compact, which means they’re really only to be used for kids and maybe smaller adults.

The Touran’s interior isn’t flashy, but it’s smartly designed and looks upmarket. It feels well built and the seats are nice and comfy, with a good driving position as well. The engine range is strong - the diesels are economical and punchy, so they work really well for those long trips when you’re going on a family holiday, or simply a longer commute.

VOLKSWAGEN TOURAN BUYERS' GUIDE

7. Peugeot 5008

Used deals Limited stock

The current Peugeot 5008 is a stylish SUV, but the previous model was more of a people carrier, and it’s this version that is currently cheap to buy. It’s actually more practical than the new model, because it has seven seats, a big boot, and is lower to the ground and easier to get in and out of than the SUV version.

Okay, it’s nowhere near as stylish, but you can’t expect too much when it’s as affordable as this. The 5008 still features a surprisingly upmarket and pleasant interior with comfortable seats and plenty of space, plus it rides smoothly over bumps in the road.

It’s available with the excellent 1.2-litre 'PureTech' petrol engine, but the cheaper models tend to be diesel versions. These are reasonably economical if a little noisy and coarse. Long trips are a strong point, though, as the diesel engine settles down on the motorway and the comfy interior comes into its own.

8. Nissan X-Trail

Used deals from £13,865
Monthly finance from £262*

You have to be a little careful with the Nissan X-Trail, as not every model came with seven seats - so you’ll have to check each individual car to see if it has them included. The X-Trail is the only SUV on this list, and it’s a popular choice because not only is it affordable but it’s closely related to the big-selling Qashqai.

It uses the same engines and even the styling - inside and out - is very similar, so if you love the Nissan SUV but need seven seats, it’s a great choice. The high driving position is one reason people love SUVs, and the X-Trail offers this, though it’s not as easy to get in and out of, especially the small rearmost seats.

The X-Trail is well-equipped for the money, though, and good to drive as well. It’s comfortable and well-built, plus it’s available with four-wheel drive - though these versions tend to be more expensive. The cheapest models are usually manual, front-wheel-drive versions.

NISSAN X-TRAIL BUYERS' GUIDE

*Representative PCP finance - Ford Fiesta:

48 monthly payments of £192
Deposit: £0
Mileage limit: 8,000 per year
Optional final payment to buy car: £2,923
Total amount payable to buy car: £11,926
Total cost of credit: £2,426
Amount borrowed: £9,500
APR: 9.9%

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