The seven-seater market doesn’t offer cars that are as fun and exciting as other classes and SUVs are starting to steal customers by offering sixth and seventh seats. However, there is still plenty of room for dedicated seven-seater vehicles. They’re vital for people with large families, especially those with lots of children.
Buying one outright can be difficult, especially if you have a large family to feed, so getting one on finance is a more affordable option. Car finance is available for people who have a poor credit score but still need to get their hands on a seven-seater. If you fall into that category, read on to discover some of the best MPVs to get on bad credit car finance. We’ve included some sample financing options to give you an idea of how much getting one will affect your finances.
All of them are zero deposit examples. If you do actually have the funds to put a deposit down, expect to pay significantly less each month.
The Chevrolet Orlando is a fantastic family 7-seater and it’s the most affordable on our list. It’s been a popular choice, in part due to its large, spacious interior and generous boot. The third row of seats can be folded flat to reveal 1,500 litres of storage space, making it ideal for a large family’s shopping, as well as all the kids’ school gear. The Chevrolet Orlando comes in a few different variants, but the diesel version is the best; it’s the most powerful and efficient and the petrol version can be a little bit noisy. The diesel offers up to 52 miles per gallon. Even though Chevrolet stopped selling cars in the UK in 2015, there are still Chevy dealerships around, and you can get them serviced at Vauxhall too. A comfortable ride, a range of cubby-holes and wide opening doors make this an excellent choice for anyone who needs a 7-seater.
Cash price: £4,999
Amount of credit: £4,999
Monthly repayment: £164.55
BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer
The BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer is an extended version of the 2 Series Active Tourer, increasing the number of seats from five to seven. Along with its extra seats, it improves on the Active by adding all-wheel drive, something which is rare in the MPV category. The Gran Tourer isn’t quite as spacious as some of the other cars on our list because the second row only has two individual seats. You can still fit three adults, but it might be a bit of a squeeze. The boot is nice and roomy when the sixth and seventh seats are folded down and the rear doors offer a wide opening for easy access.
Cash price: £11,499
Amount of credit: £11,499
Citroen Grand C4 Picasso
The latest versions now carry the Space Tourer title, but the original Citroen Grand C4 Picassos still have a lot to offer. It’s one of the most efficient cars on our list, in part due to its low weight. This makes it nimble and nice to drive for a car of its size. The Grand C4 Picasso has a unique windscreen that extends far back into its roof offering great views out of the car. The first two rows of seats are very roomy, providing plenty of space for tall adults and teenagers. The Grand C4 is also available as a 4-seater (C4 Picasso) and comes in a choice of diesel and petrol engines.
Cash price: £8,999
Amount of credit: £8,999
The Ford S-Max is the sportiest vehicle on our list, both in terms of looks and in the way it drives. It’s nippy and agile and handles very well for a large car. If you’re looking for something that’s on the sleeker side (by MPV standards), this may be the seven-seater for you. The Ford S-Max sits low to the road compared to other MPVs and this may put you off if you prefer a high, long view of the road in front. The car is wide and spacious, offering lots of room for adults, teenagers and children alike. A huge plus-point is the fact that every seat in the middle row has ISOFIX mounting so you can fit a rear-facing child car seat in any one of them. All versions of the car come with seven seats.
Cash price: £8,499
Amount of credit: £8,499
Kia carens 7-seater
Kia is an often overlooked brand in the UK but it offers a fantastic range of vehicles and its seven-seaters are no exception. The Kia Carens comes in a number of variants, from the 1.6-litre petrol engine to the 1.7-litre diesel, and there are four different trim levels to choose from. All versions of the Carens have seven individual seats and the ones at the back fold flat to provide a boot capacity of 492 litres. The middle seats will allow three adults to sit quite comfortably, but it’s ideal for two and a child. This is a great option for any large family.
Cash price: £8,499
Amount of credit: £8,499
Monthly repayment: £279.76
This is just a small selection of the superb models and makes you could. There are so many great deals on used seven-seater car finance that it would be crazy to let your bad credit history stop you from getting one. The prices listed above are just examples and you could may be able to get an even better deal. As mentioned, putting down a deposit can greatly reduce your monthly repayments. Getting a guarantor (someone who promises to pay missed bills on your behalf) or applying for joint application (where two people share the monthly payments) could make things even easier. Don’t let your score hold you back any more, get your family the seven-seater car they deserve!