Land-Rover MPV's with Seven Seats
The Manufacturer Land Rover have been churning out exceptional off-road vehicles for many years and although some of the rugged appeal has been lost in recent times, it is still one of the most prolific terrain-conquering 4x4s on the market. Despite appealing to footballers and farmers, these vehicles can quite easily be an everyday car for the everyday person.
Immediately when you see a Discovery you're blown away by the sheer quality of the switchgear, the seats, the exterior looks and it's 'jack-up' off-roader stance. The Discovery isn't the cheapest seven-seater available, with its £44,000 starting price, but it surely is one of the best if you need to cross a fast-flowing river with six of your friends.
*** Land-Rover Discovery ***
There is plenty of room in the Discovery for bags, too - it's not just a seven-seater. With a multitude of accessories and options, you could even carry the bags and supplies on a roof rack, as if you're entering the Paris-Dakar Rally.
With Ford's involvement in Land Rover now, you're assured of quality electronics, excellent usability and it being ergonomically designed. There are really few seven-seaters that are excellent both on and off-road, but if that's what you need then the Discovery should be one for your shopping list.
Who would have thought more than 40 years after hitting the showrooms that a Defender would still be sold in pretty much the same guise as it always has been? It's not nice looking, and far from having the feel of upmarket-ness of the Discovery, but if you're looking for a workhorse that can carry seven people, then the Defender should be your choice.
*** Defender ***
The Defender has aluminium panels, a raucous exhaust note and the ability to conquer mountains without breaking a sweat, the Land Rover Defender has no competition. Available in short and long-wheelbase variants, the Defender is a simple yet highly effective seven-seater. It is half the price of a Discovery, at £20,995, but there are few creature comforts. Ticking the much-needed options boxes and you're looking at a £31,000 price tag. There are three engines to choose from, all diesel, that vary in power output. There are lots of off-roader options to choose from too, such as a snorkel! for any river crossings so that the engine only sucks in air, headlamp guards, a 9.5-tonne winch and under-body shields for deflecting rocks.
It is the real deal when it comes to being an off-road machine, but it's fairly compliant on the roads too. If you're not too bothered about looking like you've just arrived from the barracks, then a Defender might just be the option to lug around seven people.
The Range Rover
The Range-Rover is more of your Chelsea tractor wagon, which is simply an on-roader in an off-roader dress. The Range Rover is still very much a dual effort when it comes to providing excellent off-and on-road duties. The Range Rover can also carry seven people and although you do have to pay a premium for the seven-seater, it can carry the extended family in style.
Other seven-seaters are stretched, elongated and heightened road cars, but this seven-seater is just your normal 'Off Roader' with two extra seats. Not many other manufacturers can blend the panache of the tough-terrain bruiser with the elegance of, well, a Range-Rover.