Top 5 Best 8 Seater Cars to Buy or Lease

8 minutes Published: 24/03/2022
Natalie McGinness

Have you found yourself with more kids than you bargained for? A couple sets of twins or triplets perchance? Perhaps you have found yourself running the local kids football team and need the extra space to take kids to games? Or it turns out there’s no kids involved at all and you need space for your band to tour the country?

Whatever your needs may be, you’ve found yourself in a situation where 7 seater cars just simply aren’t big enough, and some poor soul is always being left behind. You’re looking to take it that one seat further, with 8 seats in your car available to cart a whole wedding party if you need to. 

However, we know that not every dealer offers an 8 seater model, so to make your search easier, we’ve rounded up the Top 5 Best 8 Seater Cars.

Need a large family car, but don’t need 8 seats? We’ve rounded up the best MPVs and the best 7 seater cars, to help you find the perfect fit for you and your family (or band, or wedding party, or football team for that matter!)

1. Vauxhall Vivaro-e Life

From £292.58 per month to lease
  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: N/A
  • Fuel: E
  • Body: MPV/People Carrier
  • Drive: A
  • CO2:

Pros

  • Doors open hands-free, giving you quicker access to your car.

  • Smartphone docking, option to have a 220-volt charging port behind the driver's seat to allow passengers to charge their devices. 

Cons

  • Electric range is about 75% less than market leaders.

  • Interior quality is poor.

Kicking off our list of the top 5 best 8 seaters is the Vauxhall Vivaro e-life, which has been reimagined from the petrol/diesel model for 2022 and is now only available as an electric vehicle. E-volving with the times, it makes perfect sense for Vauxhall to re-launch their best selling transit as an electric vehicle. 

The 8 seater is fitted with a lithium-ion battery that provides you with a 153 mile range on a single charge, making those family-packed journeys emission-free. 

It also has an excellent recharge time of only 30 minutes, so whether you’re dropping off a wedding party and carting around your friend’s band, you can plan your journey and easily fit in a recharge. Plus the 100% electric battery is a noise-free powertrain, meaning that if you have 7 passengers in the back singing and screaming, at least your engine is quiet.  

We know that practicality is prioritised over style when it comes to purchasing an 8 seater, but the Vauxhall Vivaro e-life doesn’t skimp on style with its clean lines, chrome headlights and easy access sliding doors. 

Additionally, 8 seaters are notoriously snug, but this car’s ergonomic design makes comfort a priority, with heated front seats and the option to swivel the second row for face-to-face travelling. 

To add to the smooth driving experience, features like cruise control, traffic sign recognition (for speed regulation), and a 7-inch infotainment system, make the Vivaro e-Life an excellent choice, whether it’s for personal or business use. 

2. Mercedes V-Class

From £643.18 per month to lease
  • Doors: 4 - 5
  • Engine:
  • Fuel: D
  • Body: MPV/People Carrier
  • Drive: A
  • CO2: 195 - 211g/km

Pros

  • Ergonomic interior design.

  • Various seating configurations.

Cons

  • High initial purchase cost compared to others in the market.

  • Diesel engine can be noisy and struggle to reach speed.

Next on our list is the iconic Mercedes Benz V-Class, this 8 seater is a pioneer in both space and luxury. Boasting both class and practicality, it is clear to see that their inspiration for this model was to design something which had the recognisable premium feel of a Mercedes, whilst offering up a level of practicality with 8 seats and space for luggage. 

This beauty is powered by a 2.1 Ltr engine, and boasts a nine-speed automatic gearbox. Whilst the V-Class is unmistakably large, its design ensures it doesn’t get confused for a regular transit van, carved out edges and diamond plated grills give it the exterior edge. Of course the design is continued inside, with an exclusive looking cockpit, endless seating configurations and an abundance of cabin space, making for a comfortable drive for taller passengers even in the back row. 

Tech additions also add to the desirability of this 8 seater, with features including voice-controlled MBUX infotainment system, panoramic sliding sun-roof (improving the spacial feel inside the cabin), and a 360° built-in camera, perfect for a car of this size. 

So, if size and luxury are what you are in the market for, this 8 seater MPV is the perfect choice for you.

3. Citroen e-SpaceTourer

From £321.58 per month to lease
  • Doors: 5
  • Engine:
  • Fuel: D, E
  • Body: MPV/People Carrier
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 197g/km

Pros

  • Impressive charging ability for an MPV of its size.

  • Interior design prioritises comfort.

Cons

  • Exterior resembles a transit van.

  • Designed for long journeys, but charge is short range.

Growing in popularity, more and more manufacturers are adding electric or hybrid versions of their staple models to their line-up, and Citroen is no exception. The Citroen E-Space Tourer is another electric MPV to add to our list, and it’s here for good reason. 

The electric version of this classic now hosts a 50 kWh battery that offers up to 143 miles on a single full (100%) charge, with the charging ability from 0%-80% taking around 30 minutes on a >100kWh charger. This impressive range makes this a sure fire choice if you’re looking for a top-tier 8 seater. Plus, Citroen has designed a handy tool for checking how far your car will travel on its charge, based on a variety of your vehicle's variables. 

It is easy to see where the e-Space Tourer gets its name, as the interior cabin is impressively spacious with 4,550L of space, all of which is enhanced by the large glass roof feature. When carting around a team of 8 people, you want to make sure each person is as comfortable as possible, and Citroen ensures this. 

Its versatile interior was designed with long journeys in mind, meaning the seats prioritise comfort with reclining backrests, and supportive arm and head rests, and warm materials used to “encourage inner peace”. 

The technological additions to this car make it a great choice as an 8 seater, as it offers features such as hands-free, motion sensor entry, 16 various driver assist options to optimise safety, and a 7-inch Citroen Connect infotainment system.

4. Peugeot E-Traveller

From £502.11 per month to lease
  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: N/A
  • Fuel: E
  • Body: MPV/People Carrier
  • Drive: A
  • CO2:

Pros

  • Sleek, impressive exterior design.

  • Impressive charge range.

Cons

  • Fixed seating position.

  • Internal comfort and design not a priority.

By now you may be starting to sense a little bit of a theme, but we have another reimagined MPV on our list. The Peugeot E-Traveller Estate has been re-imagined and was re-launched in 2021 as an electric vehicle. In the last year, this 8 seater car has racked up rave reviews and seems to be impressing the nation, so it was a no-brainer to have it on our list - and we’ll tell you why.

This MPV isn’t sluggish. Peugeot has equipped this MPV with a 100 kW fully electric engine, which provides instant acceleration with 260-nm of immediately available torque - making it one of the most impressive electric 8 seaters on the market. 

On top of this, when using a 100kW public charger the e-Traveller can charge 0%-80% in 30 minutes, much like its competitors. Nevertheless, the most impressive feature of this electric engine is its ability to have 148 miles of range on a single, full charge.

However, if the range of this 8 seater isn’t a contributing factor for you, it also has a beautiful design both internally and externally. The strong, powerful design of the exterior exudes strength rather than “I’m a family car”, so you don't need to compromise on style or image.

Internally practical features such as 1,350 litres of boot-space, opening rear-windscreen and motion-sense entry add a lot to this 8 seater. Driver comfort is prioritised with an easy access step into the cockpit, which is decorated with simple, impressive features. The infotainment is displayed on a 7-inch screen, with an e-Traveller specific 3.5-inch colour cockpit display exhibiting your range status and power metre (charge).

Much like other MPVs, 8 seater or otherwise, the Peugeot e-Traveller sports various safety enhancing tech features, such as a 180° aerial view, road sign recognition, various driving modes, and a vehicle compatible myPeugeot app.

5. Toyota Proace Verso

From £295.77 per month to lease
  • Doors: 5
  • Engine:
  • Fuel: D
  • Body: MPV/People Carrier
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 193g/km

Pros

  • Seats up to 9 passengers.

  • Spacious interior.

Cons

  • Large frame makes for a clunky drive and difficult parking.

  • Plastic interior lacks style.

To round off and balance out our top 5 best 8 seater cars, we’re adding another petrol/diesel engine to the mix. The Toyota Proace Verso is a perfect car that easily fits in, and streamlines your lifestyle - no matter your need for 8 seats. The Proace Verso is available in a range of models, including shuttle, family and VIP, all of which vary in size and features. 

For the sake of our list, we are simply judging the standard Proace Verso to showcase what the standard version has to offer, and if that’s not enough you can explore the upgrades. As standard, the engine is a mere 1.5 ltr for a car of this size, which means for lower running costs but lesser performance at higher speeds. But let’s be honest, you’re not buying an 8 seater for speed are you? 

Regardless of model type, this car actually has 9-seats as standard, with three rows of three - presenting itself much like a van. This 8 seater sits up high, much like an SUV would, but gives excellent views for both driver and passengers. In its smallest version, the Proace Verso offers up 550 litres of boot space - this cannot be extended as seats are not removable or adjustable. 

Focussing on comfort and safety, the Toyota has a variety of features to help give you a smooth, reliable driving experience. Simplistic, but useful additions include, parking sensors, 7-inch digital touchscreen that is smartphone compatible, and sliding doors with sensor entry. 

The fixed abode nature of this model's design makes a perfectly practical addition to your lifestyle, where you know that the sole purpose is to transport your passengers from A to B, without the need for fancy extras or excessive storage space.

Conclusion

There is no question about it - the choice to have an 8 seater car is always a practical one. Therefore, it makes sense that you would want to know which one’s the best and offers up the best value for money, when it’s such a valuable addition to your life! 

So, whether it’s for carting round the kiddies or travelling the nation with your band (remember us when you’re famous!), we hope our comprehensive round-up of the top 5 best 8 seaters has pointed you in the right direction to choosing an all-rounder 8 seater car.

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