The trend is that vehicles with larger capacities are becoming more and more popular. One of the main reasons for this is the larger space allowing your car to have more capabilities and flexibility with a small or large group of people. People who have large families find it a more comfortable to get into a SUV (Sport Utility Vehicles) and drive around for their transport and daily tasks. Space and comfort are the new essentials that people are looking for these days, and therefore an assessment of our 7 seat SUV’s is necessary to help with your future planning.
Honda has packed almost all of its latest technologies into the all-new Odyssey model to make it one of the smartest MPV’s around. As well as being a great performer out on the highway and a reasonably rewarding vehicle in the corners, the Odyssey is also economical, with an official average consumption rating of 7.6L/100km and is built to last.
The overall exterior look of the car has seen a complete revamp, which gives it a more van like appearance. The interiors have also been dramatically improved to suit the stylish market of today. If you choose to go for the VTi model you will get not only 7 seats but 8 – there is one extra seat in the rear.
The middle row of the VTi-S (the model above the VTi) is made up of two swivelling-sliding captain's chairs with old-school business class style leg rests. The VTi's middle row is far more conventional with that extra seat, meaning a total of eight.
The middle row can slide forward and back and the seatback reclines. The back row is a fixed, comfortable double seat with glass windows either side, ceiling-mounted air vents and generous leg room.
The Honda Odysseys boot space is variable. It starts at 330 litres with all seats in place or you can fold the back seats completely flat into the floor creating a 1332 litre space for your luggage.
Push the middle row forward and you gain an additonal 340 litres although you won't have much legroom. Fold all of the rear seats and you have 1867 litres. If you're after a large MPV ensure that you add the Honda Odyssey and take one of these for a test drive.
The Isuzu MU-X is the first SUV to be introduced by Isuzu, offering serious heavy-duty off-road capability along with a pleasant and user-friendly cabin now with a touch-screen media interface. And, most importantly, seven seats. The third row is very useable, even for adults.
The Isuzu MU-X’s cabin is a roomy and easy place for all to travel. The second row is a 60/40 split-fold with a fold-away centre armrest. The third row of seats cater more for 14 years olds and under.
It boasts a 235 litre boot space when the third row is up, expanding to 878 litres when the 50/50 split-fold third row is folded flat. When the second and third rows are down, there is 1830 litres of space, making ample room for your everyday tasks.
The MU-X has a whopping 12 cup holders, 18 'storage solutions' (door compartments with bottle bulge, coat hooks, rear cargo organiser box, etc), USB ports (front and rear) and three 12V power outlets (centre dash, glove box and rear cargo area). Making this an accomplished and proficient vehicle to do long haul trips in.
The MU-X has a braked towing capacity of 3000kg, 750kg unbraked.
It is a very practical daily driver or weekend tourer and performs exceptionally in the real world. It is solid and impressive and should be added to your shortlist of 7 seat SUV’s.
The Peugeot 5008is a stunning seven-seat SUV that isinsanely clever. There is a chance you could own one for 12 months or more before you discovered all the practicality features hidden around the cabin. The cup holder count sits at eight plus front-seat riders can access the usual collection of USB and power connections.
The Peugeot is well equipped with an infotainment/multimedia system across all trim levels is operated by a clean and simple-to-use 8.0-inch touchscreen that’s both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto-equipped, and there’s a wireless charging pad for your Android device (or iPhone, with a special case). There is a navigation system, DAB digital radio, Bluetooth connection and a CD player. Also standard is LED daytime running lights, adaptive cruise control with full stop and dual-zone air conditioning.
Each of the three middle-row seats is individually mounted on a sliding rail, so every passenger can decide exactly how much legroom they require. Especially when the seats are set to their furthest-back position, there is plenty of room to sit in comfort. Each front seat-back is equipped with a storage net and fold-down tables mounted above the nets.
Space is predictably tighter in the third row, with the two rear seats built more for 12 year olds and under and are very handy for a big family nonetheless.
The Peugeot 5008’s boot space is phenomenal and deceiving. You can fold down the third and second row, along with the passenger seat, to reveal a staggering 2042 litres of storage space.
You can also remove both of the third row seats entirely (they weigh 11kg each), freeing up even more space in the back. It also means how many seats you use is up to you; if you’re a smaller family that occasionally needs seven seats, you can leave them in the garage until you require them.
A very versatile interior, a solid choice of engines and a conventional automatic combine to make the 5008 a genuine contender in the seven-seat class.
If you would like to find out more about any of these 7 seat SUV’s visit our showroom or call the dealership in Port Macquarie on 6584 1800.