Although seven-seater MPVs and SUVs are relatively common on UK roads, large eight-seater family cars are much rarer. When you need to transport eight people, you can expect two cars or a minibus to be your only options. There are, however, a number of manufacturers who have filled this gap in the market, together offering a range of vehicles with the same equipment you would expect from regular family cars in a more practical eight-seater package.
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Those hoping to upgrade to an electric vehicle now have more choice than ever among eight-seater minivans. Some are still powered by proven diesel engines, so those who have to travel long distances can always find a vehicle to suit their needs.
Since many eight-seaters are utilitarian-based, you might worry that they’ll feel too utilitarian and basic inside, but all but the cheapest specs are generally well-equipped for the differentiate. Many of our selections even feature top trim models filled with the kind of equipment you’ll find in luxury cars.
These are our top picks for the best eight-seater cars on sale in the UK today. For used options, also check out the Volkswagen Caravelle and Hyundai i800.
1. Citroën e-SpaceTourer
Based on the Dispatch commercial van, Citroën has done a great job of disguising the SpaceTourer’s origins – at least on the inside. A seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system sits in the center of the dash, a feature found in most conventional small cars, and the suspension does a good job of isolating you from hot spots. hen and pavements in poor condition.
You can choose the size of the e-SpaceTourer: the five-meter-long M and the 5.3-meter XL offer huge volumes of space, the latter’s extra space making it a nine-seater car very efficient and comfortable. Now the SpaceTourer is only available as an electric model, with over 140 miles of range and fast charging. Until recently BlueHDi 120, 150 or 180 diesel engines were available, with the latter two feeling more than powerful enough.
2. Peugeot e-Traveler
The Peugeot e-Traveller was developed in conjunction with the Citroën SpaceTourer and the Toyota Proace Verso, so which of these three you choose will depend on brand preference and price. You can specify the Traveler with five, seven or eight seats, while the Business model (aimed at hotels, airports, etc.) is available with nine seats.
As with the cars it shares parts with, the Peugeot comes in two different sizes (M and XL), and both now come with a 50kWh battery like the e-SpaceTourer and Vauxhall Vivaro-e Life. Used models with the 1.5 and 2.0 liter diesel engines offer a decent economy of 35.5 to 47.1 mpg and cost the standard rate in VED (road tax) each year. The electric motor is quiet and offers convenient quick charging, but if you’re considering diesel models we’d recommend the 2.0-litre 148hp diesel engine as its extra punch makes it easier to keep up with traffic without causing too many bumps in fuel economy.
3.Land Rover Defender 130
The Land Rover Defender first arrived with two body types: the three-door Defender 90 and the five-door Defender 110. The Defender 130 offers more space, with an extended rear overhang allowing it to carry eight passengers in a 2-3-3 configuration.
Land Rover says the Defender 130 is just as capable off-road and the extended rear overhang doesn’t affect entry or exit angles – good news if you choose to take your passenger for a spin local hills.
Prices for the Defender 130 start at £73,895, making it the most expensive vehicle on our list. However, it is also the most capable.
4. Toyota Proace Verso
The Toyota Proace Verso is actually built in the same factory as the SpaceTourer, so it also comes in two different sizes and has sliding rear doors. The Proace Verso shuttle is aimed at taxi drivers, but opt for the Family model and you’ll get alloy wheels, satellite navigation and a head-up display.
We’d skip the entry-level 1.5-litre diesel and choose either the electric version or the 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel, which takes a reasonable 13 seconds to go from 0-62mph, returns 52, 3 mpg and costs the standard VED rate each year in road tax.
5. Mercedes V-Class
Being the most luxurious of the 8-seaters, the Mercedes V-Class requires deep pockets, as the entry-level version costs several thousand pounds more than most cars on this list. You’ll have to opt for the Long or Extra Long model if you want eight seats, but Mercedes incorporates leather upholstery, a sat nav and dual power sliding rear doors as standard.
The V-Class’ dashboard is also a masterclass, as it’s broadly similar to the rest of the Mercedes range. That means you get a touchpad, seven-inch infotainment system and high-quality materials as standard. Mercedes’ AMG Line trim adds a “sporty” body kit, 19-inch alloy wheels and carbon fiber-effect interior details. As with many of these cars, there is also an electric Mercedes EQV.
6. Custom Ford Tourneo
Modern Fords have a reputation for being fun to drive and the Transit van-based Tourneo Custom is no exception. As long as you’re happy with the size of the Tourneo Custom, its precise steering, efficient brakes and quick shifting make it surprisingly fun to ride the twisty roads.
We’d opt for the Zetec trim, as it adds a heated windshield, air conditioning, automatic headlights and wipers, and alloy wheels. A plug-in hybrid model is also available, along with a rugged Tourneo Custom Active trim level.
7. Renault Traffic Passenger
The Renault isn’t the newest model here, but a more capable Trafic will have a modern interior and it’s significantly cheaper than some of its contemporaries. All three engines are 2.0-litre diesels, offered with 118, 143 and 168bhp, all of which return just under 40mpg. It’s worth getting the 143bhp engine, as it bumps the 0-62mph time from a hefty 15.5 seconds to a more useful 11.8 seconds.
The entry-level Business version includes DAB radio, electric front windows and Bluetooth connectivity. The upgrade to the rather optimistically named Sport model costs around £2,500 and adds a seven-inch touchscreen, satellite navigation, air conditioning, upgraded seat fabric, metallic paint, 17-inch alloy wheels inches and those all-important rear parking sensors.
8. Mercedes Vito Tourer
If you want an eight-seater but white Mercedes at the price of the V-Class, the Vito Tourer might be for you. Granted, it dispenses with the fancy dashboard and standard V-Class equipment, but it’s around £18,000 cheaper.
You get automatic wipers and cruise control as standard, while upgrading to Select and Sport trims adds extras like tinted windows, alloy wheels and air conditioning – but be warned: the higher you go in the range of finishes and the more powerful the engine you choose, the closer in price the Vito Tourer comes to the V-Class.
9. Volkswagen Transporter Shuttle
Sitting roughly between the Mercedes V-Class and the other cars on this list, the VW Transporter Shuttle is a little more expensive than the Peugeot Traveller, but for some the Volkswagen image justifies the expense. All Transporter Shuttles come standard with a touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone mirror, air conditioning, front electric windows, rear blinds and remote central locking, and you can upgrade to the long-wheelbase version if you wish. a larger trunk.
The engines are all 2.0-litre diesels, but we’d avoid the entry-level 108hp versions – you really want at least 125hp with a car this size, so VW’s 148hp diesel is the one. you need when buying a Transporter shuttle.
10. The life of Vauxhall Vivaro
The latest Vivaro-e uses the same underpinnings and bodywork as the Peugeot, Citroen and Toyota earlier in this list. You can choose a short or long wheelbase version, and each is available with eight or nine seats.
There are just two trim levels to choose from, with the entry-level Combi model offering a competitive starting price as well as essentials such as cruise control and air conditioning. The Elite model is top of the range, with alloy wheels, body-colored bumpers and much more luxurious specifications to include a panoramic roof and leather upholstery.
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