For the most part, the people who opt for 7-seater SUVs wouldn’t really need all 7 seats in their day to day lives, save for the occasional big family with kids and grandparents to care for. But more often than not, buyers are more interested in the improved boot space that is offered in such large cars.
With such a wide variety of SUVs catered to different types of consumers, it is hard for buyers to find what they are looking for. To help with that, here is a list of the most affordable, the most economical, the most practical, the safest, and the most luxurious 7-seater SUVs available in Singapore today.
2018 Mitsubishi Outlander – The Most Affordable
The Mitsubishi Outlander may have SUV looks, but its drivetrain is anything but. Its 2.0L petrol engine boasts a modest 148 horsepower and 190Nm of torque. It is mated to a CVT gearbox and paddle shifters, which give the driver more control when tackling steeper inclines or overtaking.
While it may not have serious off-roading capabilities, it is a competent and composed motorway cruiser that excels in the city and in the heartlands. Measuring at just under 4.7 meters long and 1.8 meters wide, it has 145 litres of cargo space with all 7 seats upright. But fold down the rear two seats and it expands to 550 litres of boot space.
The Mitsubishi Outlander starts from S$108,999 to S$115,999, and it comes with a range of options and safety features that make it immense value for money.
2018 Kia Sorento Diesel – The Most Economical
The Kia Sorento has undergone substantial changes over the years, and the third iteration of the Sorento is a much better-looking SUV than its predecessor, with an impressive kit to boot. Its 2.2L turbodiesel engine produces 197 horsepower and 441Nm of torque, allowing the 1.8-ton vehicle to set off quickly from a standstill despite its weight.
The dashboard is fairly similar to the rest of the Kia range, with red-backlit buttons and a large central speedometer in the gauge cluster. Leather and soft-touch materials help elevate the car’s premium look and a panoramic sunroof helps make the interior feel more spacious.
Being a diesel, it consumes substantially less fuel than a petrol engine and it has a total combined fuel economy of 14km/L. With all 7 seats upright, it has 142 litres of boot space and 605 litres with just 5 seats upright.
Prices for the Kia Sorento start from S$149,999.
2017 Mazda CX-9 – The Most Practical
Since Mazda adopted its KODO “soul of motion” design philosophy back in 2011, their newer range of cars started sporting more elegant flowing lines and improved interior trim levels that began to rival those of their German counterparts.
For the second-generation Mazda CX-9, the same holds true, with a chrome grille and a lower, wider stance than its predecessor. The interior features premium leather and brushed metal trim across the dashboard, which exudes a sense of refinement and craftsmanship that closely matches more expensive luxury cars.
The CX-9 has 230 litres of boot space with all 7 seats upright, but fold the back seats down and it expands to an impressive 810 litres of boot space. Its rear doors are also fairly long for ease of entry to the rear seats, which are pretty spacious given its massive boot.
The CX-9 will set you back between S$193,000 and S$203,000, depending on trim levels and drivetrain options.
Volvo XC90 – The Safest
Over the years, Volvo has been known for its high safety ratings and safety innovations and inventions. Most notably, the 3-point seatbelt that’s being used in production cars to this date. With that ethos in mind, the second-generation Volvo XC90 has retained Volvo’s obsession for safety features, which garnered it a 5-star Euro NCAP rating (European New Car Assessment Programme). As standard throughout the range, the XC90 has 7 airbags, collision warning systems, blind-spot monitoring and cruise control with lane keeping assist. It even has an automated parking assist. All XC90 models feature 2.0L 4-cylinder turbocharged engines with diesel and petrol variants.
On the inside, the XC90 features one of the sleekest, minimalist dashboards to date, with a large central touchscreen that handles the climate control, infotainment and connectivity settings. The XC90 also features one of the smoothest 360° parking cameras in the market today, which includes a bird’s eye view of the car that’ll make parking in tight spots much easier. Or you could simply activate the parking assist and let the car do the work for you. Measuring in at just under 5 meters, it is a relatively large vehicle but it’s 451 litres of boot space more than makes up for it.
The XC90 will set you back S$292,000 in the T5 trim and S$348,000 for the T6 R-Design model.
2019 BMW X7 – The Most Luxurious
The BMW X7 is the German brand’s first foray into producing a full-size luxury crossover with three row seating. And while BMW offers the X5 SUV with the option of adding with a third row, the X7 was designed from the ground up to accommodate 7 people.
At first glance, there’ll be no mistaking the Bavarian marque’s trademark kidney grilles, with angular lines accentuating the width and sheer size of the car. At over 5.1 meters long, this is the largest of BMW’s range of cars.
Inside, the dash is reminiscent of the BMW 7-series sedan, down to the digital speedometer and BMW’s iDrive infotainment system. The interior is beautifully put together with stitched leather across the dash and doors as well as extensive use of brushed metal and wood trim across the centre console. The X7 also has the most luxuriously upholstered rear seats among the cars in this list, with excellent rear legroom and a 326-litre boot with all seats upright. Fold the rear seats down, however, and the boot space expands to 750-litres.
It also comes as standard with air suspension and all-wheel drive, which serves to provide the driver and passengers with a comfortable ride.
All this luxury comes at a price however, with the X7 starting at S$460,000 before optional extras. But for a 7-seater luxury SUV, it really doesn’t get much better than this.