Given the size of most modern child seats anyone with more than two kids probably needs to consider a seven-seat car of some sort to fit the family in, making this an important category for buyers.
Kia’s products are regular top scorers in all categories in our awards and you like the Sorento for its combination of affordability and practicality. The Peugeot 5008 is another popular seven-seater but our winner this year is the Volvo XC90, reflecting the fact style is as important a consideration as practicality in this class. And with a top score in all but one of the 16 judging categories, the big Volvo took a commanding win; poor visibility when parking the only thing owners found fault with. Best make sure yours has the 360-degree parking cameras...
The freedom to easily adapt that huge amount of space to differing requirements is one recurring theme in your comments on the XC90, the ease with which the seats can be folded for carrying big loads or different configurations of passengers going down well. Comfort and long-distance refinement were also big factors. “It does absolutely everything I could possibly require and it’s superbly comfortable,” said one owner.
The family car is pretty much as important as the home outside which it is parked, and likely to be the second biggest cost most households face. It’s also got to be practical for everything from the weekly shopping trip to the annual holiday, all the while being safe, comfortable and reliable.
We had 23 contenders for this prestigious award, including th A-Class and C-Class from Mercedes-Benz and the Volvo XC60. Winning outright in eleven of the 16 judging categories (and top five in all the others) the clear victor in this class is… the Volvo.
You praised the XC60 for its ease of parking, the interior quality, roominess, reliability and how comfortable it is to drive, ticking all those boxes raised above.
In our Expert Review, we described the XC60 as “one of the best family SUVs you can buy”, going on to describe it as “a real class act, providing excellent comfort, good practicality and exceptional safety.”
Owners agree, praising the “appearance and build quality of the interior, small attention to detail touches in the cabin that make it feel very luxurious place to spend time” and also “being able to control it from the app so that I can turn the heating and defrost on from inside the house and warm it up and de-ice it on early morning swimming runs!"
(Words by Auto Trader)
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