Review of the best according to the editorial board. On the selection criteria. This material is subjective and does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.
The number of large families has grown in Russia recently. To travel or just move comfortably to work, school or kindergarten, you need a roomy car. Seven-seat crossovers meet the requirements of most families with 3-5 children. The domestic market offers a wide range of spacious cars that are assembled at European and Asian car factories. There are many factors to consider when choosing a family crossover. Experts will help you identify the most important ones.
- Recommendations for choosing a seven-seat crossover
- Rating of the best seven-seat crossovers
- Mercedes – Benz GLS-Class
- Audi Q7
- Toyota Land Cruiser Prado
- Honda Pilot
- Mazda CX-9
- Skoda Kodiaq
- Hyundai Grand Santa Fe
- Kia Sorento PRIME
- Nissan Pathfinder
- Kia mohave
Recommendations for choosing a seven-seat crossover
Cost. Not all large families in our country can boast of a high standard of living. Even taking into account concessional lending or leasing, not everyone is ready to swing at a premium car. People with limited incomes should focus on budget models with a good basic configuration and an economical engine. In this regard, Korean crossovers look attractive.
Reliability. Not all seven-seater cars are adapted to Russian conditions. Continuous driving over bumps and potholes negatively affects the details of the chassis. In the long term, choosing a more expensive model can more than pay off with fewer suspension or steering breakdowns. The most reliable are German crossovers.
Passability. Provincial residents appreciate crossovers with good cross-country ability. In certain seasons of the year (winter, spring), it is possible to get to a remote settlement only in an all-wheel drive vehicle with high ground clearance. Among the seven-seater SUVs, Japanese cars have the best passability.
Interior comfort. Since a seven-seater car is bought to transport children of different ages, it is important to provide them with a pleasant pastime.
- To create an optimal microclimate, an air conditioner becomes a necessary option. It must be equipped with separate adjustment for each row of seats.
- A high-quality multimedia system helps to brighten up a long time on the road. Many children do not part with smartphones on the way, so the cabin should have several USB outputs to power gadgets from the car's on-board network.
- For the youngest passengers, a child seat attachment system is required. Experts consider the Isofix mechanism to be the best option.
Interior upholstery. Long-distance car travel is not complete without snacking. Food and drink spillage on fabric upholstery will require frequent dry cleaning visits. In this regard, leather upholstery has the advantage. You can protect fabric seats with covers or covers. But quality products are expensive.
Secondary market liquidity. Sooner or later, the owner of a seven-seater crossover will want to sell his car. Therefore, before the final choice of a family car, you should pay attention to the annual loss of value and popularity of this model in the secondary market. Then over time it will turn out to lose less money invested in the car.
We have selected the 10 best seven-seat crossovers for our review. All of them are sold on the Russian market. When compiling the rating, the opinion of experts and reviews of domestic motorists were taken into account.
Rating of the best seven-seat crossovers
|Nomination||a place||crossover||starting price|
|Rating of the best seven-seat crossovers||1||Mercedes – Benz GLS-Class||RUB 6,517,200|
|2||Audi Q7||RUB 3,800,000|
|3||Toyota Land Cruiser Prado||RUB 2,384,000|
|4||Honda Pilot||RUB 3,214,900|
|5||Mazda CX-9||RUB 2,595,000|
|6||Skoda Kodiaq||RUB 1,339,000|
|7||Hyundai Grand Santa Fe||RUB 2,439,000|
|8||Kia Sorento PRIME||RUB 1,774,900|
|9||Nissan Pathfinder||RUB 2,510,000|
|10||Kia mohave||RUB 2 619 900|
Mercedes – Benz GLS-Class
Among luxury crossovers, the leading position is firmly held by the car Mercedes – Benz GLS-Class. The model has an elongated body (5120 mm), in which passengers feel comfortable. Especially for Russian conditions, the German manufacturer has developed the “Special Series” package, which comes with the standard equipment. The car is powered by a 3-liter petrol engine. The experts gave the palm of our rating to the crossover for power, reliability, high-quality manufacturing. There are many additional options in the car, from a heated steering wheel to an autonomous heater.
Russian car owners praise the German crossover for a high level of comfort, spacious interior, and reliability. Only tall motorists (from 180 cm) are dissatisfied with the low ceiling.
- German quality;
- comfort and coziness;
- adaptation to Russian conditions;
- low ceiling.
Another representative of the German car industry Audi Q7 is a serious competitor to the winner of our rating in the premium segment. Experts consider the strengths of the crossover to be an elegant appearance, a wide range of engines, four-wheel drive, and an automatic transmission. The basic equipment of the car also looks attractive. The manufacturer has installed an air suspension that hides the unevenness of the roadway. In the cabin, the optimal microclimate for the driver and passengers is created by a 3-zone climate control system. The most affordable version is offered to the buyer with a turbocharged gasoline engine of 2.0 liters (252 hp).
The owners of Audi Q7 are satisfied with the car's good looks and reliability. Of the minuses, the crossover is weak off-road.
- stylish appearance;
- good handling;
- poor permeability.
Toyota Land Cruiser Prado
For the excellent combination of cross-country ability and comfort, they love in Russia the Japanese crossover Toyota Land Cruiser Prado. The model began to be produced back in 1987, but still it continues to roll off the Toyota assembly line, undergoing modernization and restyling. Experts note the presentable appearance, which emphasizes the wealth of the family. The manufacturer offers two power units to domestic motorists. Both the diesel (2.8 L) and the gasoline engine (4.0 L) are paired with an automatic transmission. For all-wheel drive and rich interior equipment, the crossover receives the bronze in our rating.
Russian motorists are pleased with the comfort, cross-country ability and reliability of the car. Of the minuses, they highlight the high price and unhealthy interest from the hijackers.
- presentable appearance;
- comfortable lounge;
- high cross-country ability.
- high price;
- often hijacked.
Even after restyling Honda, the Pilot has retained its unique style. It is for this that Russian motorists love the car. Among the advantages of a crossover, experts highlight reliability, good cross-country ability, laconicism. The basic equipment looks rather poor, but as an option, you can order 3-zone climate control, sunroof, parking sensors, etc. Of the minuses that did not allow the crossover to rise higher in our rating, a small trunk (217 liters) should be noted. The car is powered by a 6-cylinder petrol engine (3.5 liters) with a capacity of 249 liters. from. and automatic transmission.
The owners of Honda Pilot praise the crossover for its spacious interior, high reliability, and practicality. Users do not like the high consumption of gasoline, especially when driving around the city.
- good cross-country ability;
- spacious salon;
- powerful motor.
- small trunk;
- high gas mileage.
The crossover Mazda CX-9 went through a difficult path to win the recognition of Russian motorists. The first generation turned out to be unclaimed, the Japanese stopped delivering cars to our country for some time. But after doing work on the bugs, they released the second version, and then the “nine”. Experts conducted comparative tests of the new Mazda with competitors in this class, during which such advantages as excellent noise insulation, smooth running, and good handling were revealed. Only the specialists had certain complaints about the comfort in the cabin. Given the competent pricing policy, the crossover has become interesting for large families.
Owners love the car's originality, practicality and spacious interior. As for the weaknesses, in reviews, words such as expense and tax are most often repeated.
- original appearance;
- high-quality assembly;
- high fuel consumption;
- not off-road.
The ambiguous attitude among motorists caused the appearance of a seven-seat crossover Skoda Kodiaq. Some people find the car beautiful and modern, others call it boring. “Brown Bear” is built on the modular MQB platform. The experts immediately drew attention to the plastic protection of the ends of the doors, which prevents chips of the paint and varnish layer. Skoda's ergonomics are at their best, the driver and passengers feel comfortable and comfortable in the cabin. The car is equipped with a 2-liter turbocharged engine, which is paired with a 7-speed DSG transmission.
Getting a car in the TOP-6 of our rating is not accidental. Users praise the Czech crossover for effective sound insulation, roomy interior, good dynamics. The owners are dissatisfied with crickets and squeaks.
- plastic protection of door ends;
- spacious salon;
- good sound insulation;
- economical engine.
- poor permeability;
- minor imperfections.
Hyundai Grand Santa Fe
To create a seven-seat family crossover Hyundai Grand Santa Fe, the Korean manufacturer had to increase the dimensions of the standard modification. The body has grown in length by 225 mm, and in height – by 10 mm. Due to this refinement, the designers managed to make a spacious cabin in which passengers feel comfortable both in the front and in the back. Experts have appreciated the rich functional content; the basic configuration includes an air conditioner and leather upholstery. Among the power units, experts distinguish an economical and high-torque diesel with a volume of 2.2 liters. The average consumption is 7.8 liters.
The model is included in our rating for an affordable price, spacious interior and rich basic equipment. The Korean crossover cannot boast of the trunk size.
- roomy salon;
- rich equipment;
- affordable price;
- good cross-country ability.
- small trunk.
Kia Sorento PRIME
The new body has received the Korean crossover Kia Sorento PRIME. Aggressive appearance is immediately associated with strength and superiority. LED lights fit perfectly into the exterior of the car. The manufacturer managed to achieve space in the cabin due to a well-thought-out layout without increasing dimensions. The interior with black, brown and beige colors attracted the attention of experts. The basic version uses fabric upholstery, while the luxury version uses leather. Three motors are offered to the Russian consumer. Two of them run on gasoline (2.4 liters and 3.5 liters), while the diesel unit (2.2 liters) is equipped with a new 8-speed transmission.
The low place in our rating is due to the insufficiently high build quality, as well as the lack of spare parts.
- beautiful appearance;
- affordable price;
- comfortable lounge;
- many useful options.
- there are complaints about the build quality;
- there are no spare parts on the Russian market.
The true SUV is the Nissan Pathfinder family car. It can overcome the most difficult off-road conditions thanks to the four-wheel drive with low gears. The 2.5-liter diesel engine does not differ in record power (190 hp), but the consumption of diesel fuel is only 9 liters. The basic equipment includes a manual gearbox, three-zone climate control, and an electric seat. Experts pay attention to the length of the body, which has passed the 5 m mark. But the third row turned out to be tight. Despite the many advantages, the crossover takes only 9th place in the rating.
Users found large gaps in the radiator grille, scratching plastic in the cabin and a high trunk sill. When cornering, visibility is impaired due to the wide A-pillars.
- good equipment;
- excellent cross-country ability;
- comfortable lounge;
- tight third row;
- minor flaws.
The Korean crossover KIA Mohave has everything it needs to be considered a family car. This is a comfortable interior, good acceleration dynamics, economical fuel consumption and a reasonable price. Already as standard, the driver and passengers receive a powerful multimedia system and efficient climate control. The experts liked the variable stiffness shock absorbers, thanks to which the manufacturer managed to achieve a smooth ride. There will be no problems with the transportation of luggage, since the trunk volume is 350 liters.
The crossover closes the top ten 7-seater crossovers in our ranking. Along with good dynamics, a spacious interior and economy, users scold the car for its large dimensions and poor paintwork.
- affordable price;
- rich equipment;
- spacious salon;
- roomy trunk.
- large dimensions;
- short-lived coating.
Attention! This rating is subjective and does not constitute an advertisement and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.