What is the best 7 seater car for me?
Seven may be just a number in some cases, but it’s certainly more than just a number when talking about cars.
At Kia we’ve learnt that 7 can mean a lot of different things for our different Kia customers. It could mean 5 kids + 2 friends, or 3 kids + 3 dogs + a surfboard, or it might even mean 7 big kids touring around Australia on a rugby tour.
Like most choices in life there is not normally a clear cut answer to what is best. It all depends on what your needs are now and what they will be in the future.
Read on to learn about some of the key things to consider when buying a 7 seater car.
What are the key things to consider when buying a 7 seater?
Reliability and Resale Value
No one wants a car that will break down. However this is even more important when you have a car loaded with 7 passengers asking “are we there yet?”.
We know that people moving Mum’s often do a lot of driving as designated taxi driver for their children. At Kia we’re confident that all of our cars can not only stand the test of time, but also that even with busy use, they shouldn’t break down.
As such we offer an Unlimited KM 7 Year Warranty. If something unfortunately does go wrong (hey, no one’s perfect all the time - although we do try to be), at least you can be comfortable in the knowledge that it will be fixed under warranty. Plus if it’s within the first 12 months you also qualify for Free Roadside Assist.
As an added bonus, if your needs change and you decide to change cars. Because the Unlimited KM 7 Year Warranty is transferable to a new owner, your resale value will certainly be higher!
Storage Space, Seating Options and Access
It’s important to make sure that you have room not only for family and friends, but also for all the accoutrements that come with them. This is important not only for comfort, but also for safety. If you’re rear view mirror field of vision is impaired by loads of extra things, your safety on the road will be greatly reduced. Choose a 7 seater that has enough boot room or extra passenger space for your needs.
If you’re really in need of extra space – you can always add on a roof rack set. Check out the Kia Sorento to learn more.
Perhaps the ability to fold away the back seats might be important to consider for bulky items like prams, trikes and scooters?
Check out the Kia Carnival gallery to see how it can fold down back seats and even remove individual seats as needed. By changing seat configurations (such as removing the 2nd row middle seat) you can make getting access to the back seats a breeze. Plus if you have the Platinum model, electric sliding doors means young and old passengers won’t hurt their arms opening doors.
When thinking about seating it’s also important to consider how spacious it feels in the back rows. If you’re planning a lot of long trips, a little extra wiggle room can help reduce scream fests from your kids. It can also help make sure that your friends don’t feel like canned sardines when they travel in your car.
7 seaters may have slightly more expensive running costs due to their extra weight; however it is important to consider that the expense of purchasing a second car may be far higher than fuel costs for a 7 seater.
Whilst each car will have specifically different running costs for fuel, Kia understands the costs of running a vehicle and offers Capped Price Servicing, A Complimentary 3 Month Service, Unlimited KM 7 Year Warranty, and 7 Year Roadside Assistance.
In addition to this, every time you have an annual scheduled service completed by an authorised Kia dealer, your Kia Roadside Assist membership will be renewed for an additional 12 months – for free!
All Kia 7 seaters are rated on the Australian standard ANCAP rating. Both the Rondo and the Sportage feature an impressive 5 out of 5. Whilst the Carnival has all areas covered with 6 airbags and a solid 4 out of 5 ANCAP rating.
Style and Design
Whilst not an essential factor to consider in the functionality of your new car, the style and design can impact how you feel when you drive. It’s important that you feel happy in how your car presents yourself and your passengers to the world!
If you value style a little more than function the Kia Sorento may be the right choice for you. Peter Schreyer (ex. Audi/Volkswagen) is one of the world’s most famous and successful designers. As Kia’s Chief Design Officer he actively worked on the Sorento, instilling a timeless look and feel. It is also the car his family chooses gets around in!
Comfort and Entertainment
Groove to your own sound with ease! All Kia 7 Seaters and People Movers come with Bluetooth and iPod USB input functionality.
The Carnival also features a conversation mirror, making it easy to talk to passengers in the back.
It’s easy to stay cool and warm in our harsh Australian conditions with air-conditioning standard across the full range. Check out our Platinum models to learn more about zone controlled cooling options!
Kia 7 Seater Range
The Kia Carnival is a 7 seater in disguise (it actually an 8 seater). You can easily customise seating arrangements to fit as many people and as much baggage as you require. Customers say that they love the power when on freeways and the gusty feeling when tackling hilly areas.
Why not take one for a test drive at your local dealer this weekend? Make sure to check out the full adult sized seats and massive boot size!
The Sorento is a 7 seater All Wheel Drive SUV. With built in satellite navigation, it’s the perfect car for those looking to hit the great Australian outdoors with family and friends. The extra room is perfect to fit in a picnic plus game equipment, without squashing everyone up!
The Rondo is a sleek and stylish family people mover. With a 5 star safety rating and great fuel efficiency for a larger vehicle, you can be sure that this compact people mover will get you to where you need to go, without making you feel like you’ve started a new job as a bus driver!