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The best 7-seater electric cars

Looking for a seven-seater electric car? Here are some of the best you can buy right now, plus a couple that are coming soon.

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By Cazoo editorial team

Published: 21 June 2022

If you want an electric car and have a large family (or simply want to be able to carry lots of people around) the good news is that there’s an ever-increasing number of seven-seater electric cars available to buy, new or used. 

Having the flexibility to carry up to six passengers can really come in handy, whether you’re ferrying your mates to a five-a-side football match or your children and their classmates to school. If you want this capability but also zero emissions and the potential for low running costs that come with an electric car, there are some great options. 

Here's our pick of the best seven-seater electric cars you can buy today, as well as some that will be available soon.

1. Tesla Model S

Although more recent models are five-seaters, early versions of the Tesla Model S had the option of a pair of ‘jump seats’ in the back. These small, rear-facing seats aren’t really designed for long journeys and only offer enough headroom and legroom for children, but they can be folded down when not in use. They’re perfect for those times when you decide to bring along a couple of the kids’ friends at short notice. 

The Model S has been on sale in the UK since the summer of 2014, so there are plenty of used cars to choose from, although you can’t buy a new Model S with seven seats because Tesla doesn’t make them anymore.

Range anxiety – the worry of not being able to drive far enough before needing to recharge the battery – is unlikely to be a problem, regardless of the age of the car. While the latest Model S can travel up to 405 miles on a full battery charge, even the oldest used version gives you around 200 miles of range.

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2. Tesla Model X

Why did Tesla stop making seven-seat versions of the Model S? Well, the main reason was that it introduced the Model X in 2016. It’s essentially a taller, SUV version of the Model S but it does have one major difference – its remarkable ‘Falcon Wing’ rear doors, which open upwards rather than outwards. Imagine Marty McFly’s car from Back to the Future and you get the picture.

The Model X comes with five seats as standard, but a third row is available as an option when buying new. Opt for the latest model and the Model X can expect to travel up to 348 miles on a full charge, while the faster Plaid model offers an impressive 333 miles of range. Not bad for an electric SUV with the performance of a supercar.

Buying a Tesla gives you access to the company’s Supercharger network of chargers, which means you can top up your battery quickly – adding 175 miles of range takes just 15 minutes or so.

3. Peugeot e-Rifter

Introduced in 2022, the Peugeot e-Rifter is one of the latest seven-seater electric cars on the market. With Peugeot dropping the petrol and diesel versions of this van-based MPV (also known as a ‘people carrier’), electric power is now the only option for this highly practical family car.

The e-Rifter comes with five seats as standard, but the aptly named Long version is 350mm longer and comes with a third row of seats to make it a proper seven-seater. The boot is large, even with all seven seats in use. But with all the seats folded down, the e-Rifter gives you a truly van-like load area. Tetris-style packing skills won’t be required the next time you visit a Swedish furniture store.

As for range, you can expect to travel up to 172 miles on a full charge, regardless of whether you go for the five-seat or seven-seat version.

4. Mercedes-Benz EQB

The EQB is the electric version of the Mercedes-Benz GLB midsize SUV, and it comes with seven seats as standard. There are just two trim levels – AMG Line and AMG Line Premium – but a feature-packed AMG Launch Edition was available when the car went on sale in early 2022.

Two versions are available, with both offering up to 257 miles of range according to official figures. Recharging the battery to 80% charge should take around half an hour when using a rapid charger.

Standard equipment includes a pair of 10-inch dashboard displays, ambient interior lighting, heated front seats and 18-inch alloy wheels. There’s also a reversing camera for easy parking, along with an electric boot lid for extra convenience.

5. Mercedes-Benz EQV

If you want maximum space and luxury in your electric seven-seater it’s hard to look beyond the Mercedes-Benz EQV. First sold in 2021, it’s the company’s first all-electric MPV. Part minibus and part luxury car, it combines a huge interior space with the kind of rich materials and high-tech features you expect in a Mercedes executive saloon car. 

There are three trim levels – Sport, Sport Premium and Sport Premium Plus – and each one has the same battery, with a maximum official range of 211-213 miles.

Go for either of the two higher-spec models and the EQV comes with a ‘table package’ that includes a folding, movable table that’s ideal for hosting impromptu picnics or business meetings on the go. The pack also includes additional cup holders, storage nets on the back of the front seats and a 12-volt socket.

6. Citroen e-Berlingo

If you think the Citroen e-Berlingo looks familiar, that’s because it uses many of the same parts as the Peugeot e-Rifter and looks all-but-identical from the side. (Both Citroen and Peugeot are owned by the same parent company, Stellantis.)

You can opt for the e-Berlingo as a five-seat M version (pictured) or a seven-seat XL model. In the XL, the third row seats are removable and slide backwards and forwards, giving you the option of prioritising the interior space for either people or loads, or a mix of both. While it might not be the most fun electric car to drive, the e-Berlingo’s huge windows and high seating position give you and your passengers a great view out and rear parking sensors come as standard.  

The maximum official range is 182 miles, which could be enough for a week of school runs or a longer trip to visit the in-laws. Recharging the battery using a rapid charger allows for an 80% top-up in around half an hour.

7. Vauxhall Combo-e Life

Look closely at the Combo-e Life and you may well realise that it’s another car from the Stellantis group. It’s essentially a twin to the Peugeot e-Rifter and Citroen e-Berlingo, but the Vauxhall tends to be less costly to buy. 

There’s only one trim level, and the standard version is available with five or seven seats. Alternatively, the XL model comes with seven seats as standard and a sliding facility for the third-row seats. This gives you a choice between maximum load capacity and passenger space.

Every version has the same battery, so you can expect a range of up to 174 miles on a full charge. In common with all electric cars, the actual figure depends on your driving style and external factors such as the current temperature.

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