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We need a large seven seater with boot space.

We are looking for a seven or eight seater MPV for a family with four small kids so we will be using four rear seats daily and often five. Worried that the standard seven seaters don't have enough boot space with all seats in use. Driving in the city mostly so wary of large minibus type vehicles. Also safety and reliability are priorities.

Our budget is about €25K (less if possible!). We are changing from a large estate so are used to a large boot, hence most of the seven seaters I've looked at just don't measure up in terms of boot space.

What would you recommend? Thanks

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Patricia McGuire (Dublin) - Fri, 11 Jun 2010 20:58

Shane O' Donoghue Answered by: - -


Hi Patricia,

You're right, most seven-seat MPVs have tiny boots when all seven seats are in use. One automobile that springs to mind straightaway is the Renault Grand Espace. This has a little more luggage space than the regular Espace. We found one on beepbeep.ie for well under your budget: .

You mentioned that you don't like the idea of a minibus style automobile, but it's worth checking a few out. The Mercedes-Benz Viano can be had for your budget for instance.

Safety and reliability are your priorities. The Espace scored well in the when it was launched and though there were reliability issues early in its life, these seem to have been ironed out by now.

I realise that's a very limited response. It might be worth considering using a roof box. That would widen your choice a little.

Let me know if we can help any further and what you decide upon. You can reply by logging in and putting a comment in the box below.

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Hi, thanks for the reply.

We will look at the Renault and Land Rover. Had ruled out the Grand Voyager because of its terrible safety rating in Euro NCAP safety tests. I know Chrysler claims to have improved the post 2008 model, but are you aware of any tests that have been automobileried out to prove this? Price is high but everything else seems positive.

Posted by Patricia McGuire (Dublin) - Sat, 12 Jun 2010 14:43:41

I have to agree with Shane on that one Patricia, the Espace is great as a people automobilerier and it seems to suit what you would need in terms of space and safety.

Posted by Paddy Comyn (Drogheda) - Fri, 11 Jun 2010 23:13:20

Thanks, I am concerned about Renault reliability problems. The new model Ford Galaxy is our front runner so far as it rates well on safety, reliability and space.

Would the Grand Espace have more boot space than the Galaxy offers when rear seats are slid forward (as they could be with kids in the back)?

Have not seen the Viano yet, but looked at a Hyundai i800 (Montana) and it seemed too large to drive comfortably in the city. Should we be looking at SUVs? The Hyundai Santa Fe I viewed had no boot when the third row of sets was in use but are there others worth looking at?

Thanks again

Posted by Patricia McGuire (Dublin) - Fri, 11 Jun 2010 23:45:55

Hello again Patricia,

There is always a difficulty with these seven-seaters, even the very large minibus-style ones, in that there usually isn't much boot space left once the rear seats are in place.

As we suggested the Grand Espace is better than most. Though there were a few issues with reliability on earlier models, later ones were somewhat better. The Grand Espace has 456 litres of boot space with all the seats up compared to 308 litres in the latest Ford Galaxy, so there is certainly more room in the Renault.

Something will perhaps even greater boot space with all the seats in place is the Chrysler Grand Voyager. The latest model is good, but is pricey, so you could choose a used model. is a 2007 model for €27,950, but you could bargain hard on this.

This is a comfortable MPV and enormous inside, so it could be just right for you needs. In terms of the SUVs, you are likely to struggle a little with boot space, but there is the , which has 543 litres with the seats up.

That is the figure on paper, so you might want to check what it is like in real life. You would probably be looking at a 2006 one of those, which wouldn't be all that cheap to run, but looks and drives well and the third row of seats is actually quite generous. 

Posted by Paddy Comyn (Drogheda) - Sat, 12 Jun 2010 10:47:34

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