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Best 7 Seater SUVs

9 May 2022

Over the past decade, Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) have become a popular choice for drivers. Their versatile design means they are perfect for almost any lifestyle, whether it is getting the kids to school, exploring the great outdoors on the weekend, or just cruising around the city. You name the situation, and an SUV is likely to have you covered. Kiwis’ love for SUVs seems to have no bounds, and with how versatile these vehicles are it's easy to understand why!

One of the major draws for most people looking to purchase an SUV is the ample space they provide. Whether looking to carpool with an entire kids' soccer team or chuck the rods in the back to go fishing, maximising the space of an SUV is a major draw for the vehicle's utility. Because of this, 7 seater SUVs are a popular choice for many people. A 7 seater SUV is perfect for larger families or anyone who requires a lot of space on a regular basis.


So, what are the Best 7 Seater SUVs?

There are many great 7 seater SUVs on the market and over the past few years we've seen even more diversity brought to this class by more and more companies releasing PHEV and EV variations. If you are in the market for a 7 seater SUV, here are some of the best options currently available in 2022.

The Next Gen Mitsubishi Outlander 2022

Always a crowd pleaser, Mitsubishi’s Outlander has an avid fan base and the Next Gen Outlander 2022 is no exception. Crowned as New Zealand’s best selling SUV, the Outlander is a great choice for anyone looking for a 7 seater SUV that is both stylish and practical. The latest in the Outlander range features a bold new design that both pays homage to the Outlander's history while catapulting it into the future. The biggest Outlander to date, the Next Gen Outlander's spacious interior features luxurious touchpoints and materials with ample space for all potential 7 people coming along on the adventure.

The Next Gen Mitsubishi Outlander features a 2.5L Inline 4 Petrol Engine with Variable Transmission and a full suite of Advanced Drivers Assist Systems Safety Features, meaning you have the power and performance to go on an exciting adventure, with the peace of mind knowing that you have industry-leading technology to keep you and your passengers safe.

The icing on the cake is that the Next Gen Mitsubishi Outlander 2022 is covered by the Mitsubishi Diamond Advantage - the best new car warranty available in New Zealand. This is a 10 year/160,000km powertrain warranty that gives you peace of mind that if anything were to go wrong with your brand new SUV, Mitsubishi has you covered.


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The Next Gen Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is the perfect choice for anyone who wants to enjoy all the benefits of an electric vehicle without sacrificing the utility of an SUV. With a spacious interior and a comfortable ride, the Outlander PHEV is perfect for families or groups who want to enjoy all the benefits of owning an electric vehicle, with the bonus of never having to worry about range anxiety. With a 20 kWh lithium-ion battery - one of the biggest available in its class - the Next Gen Outlander provides an impressive fuel-free EV range of up to 87km and a combined range of over 800km.

The Outlander PHEV features a 2.4L petrol engine alongside its electric motors, meaning you can take advantage of the best of both worlds. The Outlander PHEV also comes equipped with a host of advanced safety features, making it the perfect choice for anyone who wants to enjoy a safe and comfortable ride.

Like its petrol sibling, the Next Gen Outlander PHEV is also covered by New Zealand’s most extensive new car warranty - the Mitsubishi Diamond Advantage. It features the same 10 year/160,000km powertrain warranty, but with the added bonus of an 8 year/160,000km warranty specific to the PHEV’s battery.

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The Hyundai Sante Fe PHEV

Hyundai's Sante Fe has long been a popular choice, and now they're throwing their hat into the ring with the release of the Hyundai Sante Fe PHEV. This powerful, yet fuel-efficient SUV features a comfortable and spacious interior with plenty of room for all passengers. Plus, the Sante Fe PHEV comes equipped with safety features like autonomous braking and blind-spot monitoring to help keep you safe on the road.

The Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV features a 13.8 kWh battery paired with a 1.6L turbocharged petrol engine to deliver a good balance of power and fuel economy. As with most modern PHEVs, the Santa Fe PHEV is perfect as a daily runner for those looking to keep petrol costs down, providing a fuel-free electric vehicle range of up to 57km... more than enough to cover most kiwis' daily commute.


The Mazda CX-9

Another great option is the Mazda CX-9, which offers a spacious and comfortable interior as well as powerful performance capabilities. With easy handling and impressive cornering thanks to Mazda's signature Skyactive technology, the CX-9 is perfect for anyone looking for a fun and exciting driving experience while still providing them with the space and utility of an SUV.

The Mazda CX-9 features a 2.5L turbocharged engine that provides punchy acceleration that complements its tight and responsive handling extremely well. The interior of the CX-9 features some nice luxury details, while also providing ample space and versatility for people looking to take advantage of owning a 7 seater SUV.


The Nissan X-Trail

Yet another option is the Nissan X-Trail, which features all the space and versatility of a 7 seater SUV, but with the added benefit of being able to tackle challenging terrains thanks to its All-Wheel Drive (AWD) and 4WD capabilities. With comfortable seating for up to 7 people and excellent cargo space, the Nissan X-Trail is perfect for any family looking for a versatile vehicle that can handle anything life throws at it.


The Ford Everest Sport

If you're looking for a 7 seater SUV that can really go off-road, then the Ford Everest Sport is the perfect choice for you. With its beefed-up suspension and powerful engine, the Everest Sport is capable of tackling even the most challenging terrain. Plus, with comfortable seating for up to 7 people, the Everest Sport is perfect for larger families or groups who want to enjoy a day out in nature.

The Everest Sport's 2.0L Bi-turbo diesel has been noted for its impressive power output, and as such has become a popular choice for anyone looking to tow a trailer, boat, or campervan, with a maximum towing capacity of 3100kg.


The Toyota Highlander

The Toyota Highlander is another great option for anyone looking for a 7 seater SUV. With its spacious and comfortable interior, the Highlander is perfect for families or groups who want to enjoy a comfortable ride. Plus, with its versatile design, the Highlander can easily be configured to suit your specific needs and requirements.


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