Five notable seven-seat SUVs under $70,000
Big families love the seven seater SUV. Whether it’s picking up the kids and all their friends, or going on a weekend road trip with mates, the seven seater SUV does it all without the dowdy image of the maligned people mover. It is truly the automotive Swiss Army knife. Here are five notable seven seater SUVs for under $70,000 (prices shown are manufacturer list prices and exclude all on road costs).
Refreshed at the tail end of 2016, the CX-9 has always been a strong contender in the seven seater SUV arena. A wide range of specifications with lots of standard kit, there is one to suit most family budgets. The interior punches above its weight, with modern design, plush leather steering wheel and high quality plastics all around. Standard safety kit also includes rear-view camera, rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, autonomous emergency braking, as well as rear cross-traffic alert. Surprisingly, the CX-9 is engaging and fun to drive while providing the necessary creature comforts for all three passenger rows.
Known for its reliability, comfort and rugged good looks, the updated Kluger brings a new eight speed automatic, bigger infotainment screen and more electronic safety acronyms you can shake a stick at. New LED daytime and brake lights sit alongside a new imposing double grille design, while new 18- and 19-inch wheel options give the Kluger a more modern look. Equipment levels are on par with most rivals, though the lack of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto may hurt it in the long run. The top spec Grande is priced quite high, so best bet would be to go for a mid-range AWD model and keep your pennies for a trip or two away.
You may be sick of hearing this, but South Korean carmakers have come a long, long way. The third generation Kia Sorento is another huge leap forward, with classy styling inside and out, packed with standard features, and comes with an unbeatable seven-year unlimited-km warranty and capped price servicing. The interior is roomy and comfortable, while packing many notable gadgets such as electric memory seats and steering wheel warmer. Our pick would be to go for a model with the 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine purely for its mid-range grunt and great fuel economy.
Mitsubishi Pajero Sport
No other Japanese automaker (other than Toyota of course) specialise in SUVs with serious off-roading credentials like Mitsubishi. With three models boasting seven seats (Outlander, Pajero, and the Pajero Sport), there is always an SUV to suit any family’s need. The Pajero Sport handles well, yet isn’t shy to brandish its off-roading capabilities inherited from years and years of off road racing and development. Packed with technology, safety, and a strong towing capacity (3100kg), the seven-seat Pajero Sport is the complete package for the family that loves to travel outdoors in modern comfort.
Skoda’s reputation for making underrated cars is well known – the Superb is one of the roomiest and most comfortable cars in its segment, not to mention comes with loads of standard kit. The Kodiaq is one of the newest SUVs from the Czech carmaker (albeit owned by the Volkswagen Group), pinching lots of Volkswagen parts and cobbling them together in a beautiful, affordable package. Packed with European technology, clever design touches, tons of standard kit, and head-turning looks, it’s European chic with a budget price tag.
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