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#1 idunno

Posted 15 September 2008 - 10:07 AM

Seems a lot of people ask about 7+ seater cars on here.  I'm wondering if I compiled a list of 7,8,9+ seater cars if we could get it stickied and comments made there?

Here is my inital list (by no means near complete), I've just gone off the top of my head for most (except the SUV part, I'm not familiar with 4WDs).  I can't remember the 8 seaters right now (might have put some in the 7 seater category actually by accident).  Please reply and add cars you know of.  Once we have a complete (or near complete list) I'll start another thread with it for comments biggrin.gif

7 seaters - van/wagon
Chrysler Voyager
Chrysler Grand Voyager
Citroen C4 Picasso
Holden Zafira
Honda Odyssey
Hyundai Trajet
Kia Carnival (pre 2008)
Kia Rondo
Mazda MPV
Mitsubishi Delica
Mitsubishi Grandis
Nissan El Grand
Peugeot 308 Touring
Renault Grand Scenic
Ssangyong Stavic
Toyota Avensis

7 seaters - SUVs
Audi Q7
Ford Territory
Holden Captiva
Honda MDX
Hyundai Santa Fe
Land Rover Discovery
Mazda CX9
Mercedes GL Class
Mercedes R Class
Mitsubishi Outlander
Mitsubishi Pajero
Nissan Pathfinder
Subaru Tribeca
Toyota Kluger
Toyota Landcruiser
Volvo XC90

8 seaters - vans
Kia Carnival (2008+)
Kia Grand Carnival
Hyundai iMax
Mitsubishi Delica
Mitsubishi Starwagon
Nissan El Grand
Toyota Tarago

8 seaters - SUVs
Toyota Prado

9+ seaters
Ford Transit
Toyota Hiace
VW Caravelle

(NB - the SUV list is from http://www.hercar.com.au/articles/news.asp?news_id=77 ).

Edited by ~jackie~, 17 September 2008 - 07:15 PM.

#2 ***butterfly***

Posted 15 September 2008 - 10:11 AM

Another 7 seat van is San Sang Young (sp?) Stavic

#3 idunno

Posted 15 September 2008 - 10:13 AM

Added original.gif Thanks!

#4 lindyloo03

Posted 15 September 2008 - 10:48 AM

I think this is a great idea. And having it set up so people can make comments on certain cars etc.

#5 jomicabi

Posted 15 September 2008 - 04:53 PM

The new carnival is also an 8 seater


#6 Jodeemumof4

Posted 16 September 2008 - 02:06 AM

The Mitsubishi Delicas come in 8 seaters and 4wd too...

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#7 ~Bec~

Posted 16 September 2008 - 09:00 AM

Hyundai iMax is an 8 seater van.

#8 enerjen1

Posted 16 September 2008 - 11:47 AM

Toyota Prado is an 8 seater.

#9 Done

Posted 16 September 2008 - 09:38 PM

Mazda MPV

#10 idunno

Posted 16 September 2008 - 10:11 PM

Fixed biggrin.gif

The new Kia looked good (with the seating options on the website) but STILL has two dodgy lap-only belts!!!  I'd get a 7 seater before I got an 8 seater with two lap-only belts (one I could use since it has an anchor point).

So far the Hyundai iMax seems the only one with all lap-sash seat belts?  Does anyone know it the Mitsubishi Starwagon or Toyota Prado have all lap-sash belts? (I have a feeling the Prado MIGHT).

I'm also compiling a little list with details for each car, just basic number of seats, type of seatbelts, number of anchor points, if adding more is an option, production years (if the model has been discontinued) and any other notes (ie. Kia Carnivals pre 2004 have engine issues).

Edited by ~jackie~, 16 September 2008 - 10:14 PM.

#11 jomicabi

Posted 17 September 2008 - 06:47 AM

I was in an iMax yesterday and I could only find 3 anchor points across the middle row. I couldn't see any right over the back.

#12 fillesetjumeaux

Posted 17 September 2008 - 07:32 AM

Was going to come and say how about adding whether models are discontinued...but I see you have thought of that!

Honda MDX - discontinued - is a 7-seater SUV.

#13 Veritas Vinum Arte

Posted 17 September 2008 - 08:56 AM

The New Peugeot 308 Touring (wagon) has the option of 7 seats.

#14 idunno

Posted 17 September 2008 - 11:27 AM

Yup, iMax only has three sad.gif

BUT the Tarago I looked at only has three too and then had a lap-only belt in the back row, middle seat.  The iMax has three lap-sash belts across the back row original.gif

The Carnivals have 5 anchor points but, again, that dodgy lap only belt.

For me if there is a position with a lap only belt and no anchor point then I don't want to use that seat (which is why I would get an Avensis over a Tarago).

#15 enerjen1

Posted 17 September 2008 - 02:07 PM

The Toyota Prado has 8 lap sash seat belts (at least since 2003, not sure about the ealier models), but I think only 3 anchor points (in the middle row).

#16 harmonie

Posted 17 September 2008 - 04:05 PM

Another imported car from Japan is the Nissan El Grand it comes in 8 seater and also a 7 seater, they have plenty of room for legs and the boot space is much better than the mitsubishi delica's. grin.gif  laugh.gif  grin.gif

#17 Tenbabes

Posted 18 September 2008 - 01:47 AM

I think the Honda Odyssey is an 8 seater as well. When I got the catalog, Im pretty sure it said if you move the middle table, it convert into an 8 seater?

Im gonna have to check it out again and make sure it is.

#18 breheny

Posted 18 September 2008 - 02:18 AM

Landrover Discovery 3- Seven seater.

#19 bestnot

Posted 18 September 2008 - 07:22 AM

Toyota Spacia
8 seater

#20 Honeyblonde

Posted 18 September 2008 - 11:40 AM

Thats a great list Jackie  original.gif

The Mistubishi Delica we have is a 7 seater, and it only had one lap belt in the back row in the middle, all the rest are proper full seatbelts. We also now have 5 anchor points installed in ours, so it is possible, and we have turned the one lap-only seatbelt in the back, into a proper seatbelt by using a H-Harness with it.
Great boot space too. I had a look in a Chrysler Grand Voyager (my dream car) the other day at kinder and I swear the boot wasnt as big as my Delica's?

Harmonie, wow I didnt know there was something with a boot bigger than the Delica, ohmy.gif  is that a new car you are looking at getting? How are your Delica's going?  grin.gif

Oh and for a seat that has a lap-only belt, if you use a baby/toddler car seat, in that seat then the lap only belt doesnt matter, as it goes through the back of the seat, and then the belt that comes with the child restraint seat goes over the back of seat to the anchor point, just a thought! Depends if you need all the seats with full seatbelts for grown kids or for kids with car seats that use anchor points.

#21 KristyMum-

Posted 18 September 2008 - 08:22 PM


The Toyota Prado has 8 lap sash seat belts (at least since 2003, not sure about the ealier models), but I think only 3 anchor points (in the middle row).
yes.  I can find the link to the '3 anchor pts any in the rear row and engineering advice' iylike?


#22 Tenbabes

Posted 19 September 2008 - 10:18 PM

I think they should make this thread a stickie. The most post that get asked on here is about what car are best for the large families!!

#23 harmonie

Posted 20 September 2008 - 12:32 PM

Honeyblonde :  Not only did I look at the El Grande on our recent trip to QLD I actually purchased it while we were up there.  I traded in my 97 seven seater silver SWB Delica for the El Grande.  The El Grande is a little bit shy in length of the LWB Delica, Internally the length is slightly more longer (cant work that one out  blink.gif ). It comes also in 7 and 8 seaters. We got the 8 seater, dev (6).gif  Another seat to fill I say.  It also comes in 2 wheel drive as well as 4 wheel drive however the 4WD is not a true H/L range car instead it has a small switch that you turn to make all the wheels work. I hope that makes sense. The height of it is approx 2.0 metres.  Seeing we live in the Sydney Metro the car is perfect for running about the city.  Fuel economy is on par even a bit better than the delica..  BUT I do still miss my little beastie..

#24 ~kylie~

Posted 20 September 2008 - 08:10 PM

The Honda Odyssey is only a 7 seater and has 5 anchor points.

#25 inthearmsofsleep

Posted 21 September 2008 - 12:21 AM

We have been looking at either the Avensis or the Misubishi Grandis, which is a 7 seater with 5 anchor points and only a 2.4lt engine. It is a nice car, you get a little luxury with the extras and it doesn't cost a bomb. We are thinking of upgrading to a Grandis or Avensis because our car costs so much in fuel now. My dream car is the Mazda CX-9, but that has an engine roughly the size of what we have now and is a bit out of the budget!! Also not enough boot space wink.gif

Edited by inthearmsofsleep, 21 September 2008 - 12:22 AM.

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