Top 10 best eight-seater cars 2022

Top 10 best eight-seater cars 2022

While seven-seat MPVs and SUVs are relatively common on UK roads, large eight-seat family cars are much rarer. If you have eight people to transport, you should expect two cars or a minibus to be your only options. There are, however, a number of manufacturers who have closed this gap in the market, bringing together a range of vehicles with the same equipment you would expect from regular family cars in a more practical eight-seat package.

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Those hoping to switch to an electric vehicle now have a wider choice than ever from eight-seater passenger carriers. Some are still powered by proven diesel engines, so those who have to travel long distances will still be able to find a vehicle to suit their needs.

Since many eight-seaters are commercial vehicle based, you may worry that they will feel too utilitarian and basic on the inside, but all but the cheapest specs are generally well equipped to set them apart. Several of our selections even offer higher equipment models, filled with the kind of equipment you find in luxury cars.

Here are our top picks for the best eight-seat cars currently on sale in the UK. For used options, also take a look at the Volkswagen Caravelle and Hyundai i800.

1. Citroen e-SpaceTourer

Based on the Dispatch van, Citroën did a great job of disguising the SpaceTourer’s origins – at least on the interior. A 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system sits in the center of the dash, a feature found in most smaller, conventional cars, and the suspension insulates you well against potholes and poor road surfaces.

You can choose how big you want the e-SpaceTourer: the five-metre M and 5.3-metre XL offer heaps of space, while the extra space of the latter makes it a very capable and comfortable nine-seater. Now the SpaceTourer is only available as an electric model, with a range of more than 240 miles 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 collaboration with the Citroën SpaceTourer and the Toyota Proace Verso, so which of these three you choose depends on brand preference and price. You can specify the Traveler with five, seven or eight seats, while the Business model (aimed at hotels, airports and the like) is available with nine seats.

Like the cars it shares parts with, the Peugeot is available in two different sizes (M and XL), and both now come with a 50 kWh battery, such as the e-SpaceTourer and Vauxhall Vivaro-e Life. Used models with the 1.5 and 2.0 liter diesel engines offer decent consumption of 35.5 to 47.1 mpg and cost the standard rate in VED (road tax) per year. The electric is quiet and offers easy fast charging, but if you’re looking at diesel models, we’d recommend the 148-hp 2.0-litre diesel engine, as its extra power makes keeping up with traffic easy without causing too much of a dent. Fuel consumption.

3. Land Rover Defender 130

The Land Rover Defender first came with two body styles: the Defender 90 with three doors and Defender 110 with five. The Defender 130 offers more space, with an extension of the rear overhang that allows 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 on a tour of the 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 go for the Family model and you’ll get alloy wheels, satellite navigation and a head-up display.

We’d avoid the entry-level 1.5-litre diesel and opt for the electric version or the 148-hp 2.0-litre diesel, which takes a reasonable 13 seconds to go from 0 to 100 mph, 52.3 mpg yields and each costs the standard VED rate. year road tax.

5. Mercedes V-Class

Being the more luxurious of the 8-seaters, the Mercedes V-Class needs deep pockets, as the entry-level version costs several thousand pounds more than most of the cars on this list. You’ll have to go for the Long or Extra Long model if you want eight seats, but Mercedes has leather upholstery, satellite navigation and two power-sliding rear doors as standard.

The V-Class dashboard is also something of a masterclass, as it is broadly similar to the rest of the Mercedes lineup. That means you get a touch-sensitive control panel, a 7-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. Ford Tourneo Custom

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 Tourneo Custom’s size, its sharp steering, effective braking and snappy shifting will provide a surprising amount of fun on twisty roads.

We would go for Zetec trim as it adds a heated windshield, air conditioning, automatic lights and wipers and alloy wheels. In addition to a robust Tourneo Custom Active trim level, a plug-in hybrid model is also available.

7. Renault Traffic Passenger

The Renault isn’t the latest model here, but a higher-spec Trafic has a modern interior and is noticeably cheaper than some of its contemporaries. The three engines are 2.0-litre diesels, offered with 118, 143 and 168 horsepower, all delivering just under 40 mpg. It’s worth buying the 143hp engine as it cuts the 0-100km/h time from a grueling 15.5 seconds to a more useful 11.8 seconds.

The entry-level Business model includes a DAB radio, front power windows and Bluetooth connectivity. Upgrading to the rather optimistically named Sport model costs around £2,500 and adds a seven-inch touchscreen, satellite navigation, air conditioning, upgraded seat covers, metallic paint, 17-inch alloy wheels and those all-important rear parking sensors.

8. Mercedes Vito Tourer

If you want an eight-seat Mercedes, but blanch at the cost of the V-Class, the Vito Tourer might be for you. Admittedly it does without the fancy dash and standard equipment of the V-Class, but it’s about £18,000 cheaper.

You get automatic wipers and cruise control as standard, while an upgrade to Select and Sport finishes adds extras like tinted windows, alloy wheels and air conditioning. closer in price is the Vito Tourer to the V-Class.

9. Volkswagen Transporter shuttle

Sitting between the Mercedes V-Class and the other cars on this list, the VW Transporter Shuttle is a bit more expensive than the Peugeot Traveler, but for some, Volkswagen’s image justifies the cost. All Transporter Shuttles come standard with a touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone mirroring, air conditioning, front electric windows, rear sunblinds and remote central locking, and you can upgrade to the long-wheelbase version if you want a larger boot.

The engines are all 2.0-litre diesels, but we’d steer clear of the entry-level 108hp versions – you really want at least 125hp with a car this size, so VW’s 148hp diesel is the one to go for use when purchasing a Transporter Shuttle.

10. Opel Vivaro Life

The latest Vivaro-e uses the same underpinnings and bodywork as the Peugeot, Citroën and Toyota higher up this list. You can choose a short or long wheelbase version and each is available with eight or nine seats.

There are only two trim levels to choose from, with the entry-level Combi offering a competitive starting price, along with essential amenities such as cruise control and climate control. The Elite model is top spec, with alloy wheels, body color bumpers and much more luxurious specs including a panoramic roof and leather trim.

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