If you can’t decide which used electric 7-seater is right for you, we’ve highlighted some of our favourite options currently available to help you find the perfect match.

Why should you buy a used 7-seat electric car?

There are plenty of reasons to purchase a used 7-seat electric car, including:

  • Three rows of seats are ideal for larger families, or those needing to carry plenty of passengers
  • Many electric 7-seaters have rear seats that fold flat in the floor, or can be easily removed, freeing up van-like levels of roominess
  • Electric 7-seaters will likely be cheaper to run than a petrol or diesel equivalent, especially if you are able to charge your vehicle at home and make use of lower electricity rates
  • Reduced emissions make EVs cleaner and greener to drive around – worth thinking about in relation to driving on the school run and outside schools
  • There are fewer parts in EVs compared to petrol and diesel cars, which often equates to cheaper servicing and improved reliability

What should you consider before buying a used electric 7-seater?

Before deciding whether you need an electric car with seven seats, there are some factors to consider, including:

    • Do you really need seven seats? These cars are often more expensive and less efficient than their 5-seat counterparts
    • Do you do lots of longer journeys? Currently, there are no 7-seat EVs that boast especially long ranges
    • Are you able to charge at home? This will help make having an electric car much simpler
    • Do you want a 7-seater that has seats that fold into the floor? With some, you have to remove them completely, which can be time-consuming
    • Do you want an MPV or an SUV? The former tend to be roomier, but the latter are far more stylish and tend to feature more modern interiors, too
    • Inspect any 7-seater car for damage that might have come from car parks of neglect

The best used 7-seat electric cars

    • Mercedes-Benz EQB
    • Citroën ë-Berlingo
    • Peugeot e-Traveller
    • Tesla Model X
    • Nissan e-NV200 Combi
    • Mercedes-Benz EQV
    • Vauxhall Combo e-Life
    • Tesla Model S

1. Mercedes-Benz EQB (2021-Present)

The EQB is the electric version of Mercedes-Benz’ 7-seat GLB, which is sold as a petrol, diesel and hybrid.

Currently, it’s one of only a handful of used electric SUVs available with three rows of seats and is quite an appealing choice because it’s also relatively compact.

So the EQB’s practicality is a USP, as is the fact it has a relatively subtle design that doesn’t shout too much about its EV credentials. Superb levels of refinement also make it ideal on longer trips, while the high-quality interior is a joy to spend time in, and feels more than up to family life.

Best Features

  • All models come with four-wheel drive and boast a claimed range of up to 253 miles
  • Seven seats come as standard in the UK
  • The EQB’s high-quality interior makes it one of the more ‘premium’ choices in its class

2. Citroen e-Berlingo (2021-Present)

Citroen’s Berlingo has been renowned for its practicality ever since it was first introduced in 1996. Several generations later, it remains as appealing as ever, but now gets a more modern look inside and out.

While this van-based MPV has typically been sold with diesel engines under the bonnet, Citroen recently introduced an electric e-Berlingo model.

Featuring a 50kWh battery that allows for up to 182 miles of range, as well as a 30-minute recharge with a rapid charging unit. You’ll need the longer ‘XL’ model to get seven seats.

Best Features

  • Citroen e-Berlingo boasts a range of up to 182 miles
  • Longer ‘XL’ model comes with seven seats as standard
  • The e-Berlingo is hugely practical with storage areas across the interior

3. Peugeot e-Traveller (2020-Present)

Peugeot now offers an electric version of almost every car it sells, and the largest EV in its line-up is the e-Traveller.

As the ‘car’ version of the Peugeot Expert van, the e-Traveller is ideal for taxi or large family duties. That’s because it’s available with up to nine seats, while there’s space remaining for luggage as well.

It’s not the most stylish of models and is quite clearly based on the van, but if you want maximum space, the e-Traveller is hard to fault.

Best Features

  • The e-Traveller can seat up to nine passengers across three rows
  • Enormous space is on offer if the rear seats are removed
  • The 50kWh battery allows for a claimed range of up to 148 miles

4. Tesla Model X (2015-Present)

Tesla remains the most well-known of all electric car makers, and its Model X was the first true battery-powered SUV. It’s huge in size, with Tesla selling it with five, six or seven seats.

Quite surprisingly, not all that many customers chose the 7-seat option, but if you can find one that has this option, they are very practical.

The Model X’s cabin is packed with technology as well, with a large central touchscreen handling many of this SUV’s features. Most versions also have a range of around 250 miles.

Best Features

  • Tesla’s Model X is packed with technology and also can access the firm’s excellent ‘Supercharger’ network of chargers
  • Variety of versions available, with most having a range of around 250 miles
  • Seven seats available as an option when new, offering enhanced versatility to 5 or 6-seat versions

5. Nissan e-NV200 Combi (2014-2022)

Nissan was a front-runner when it came to the first mass-market EVs, and though it’s best-known for its UK-made LEAF, we shouldn’t forget about the e-NV200.

It was one of the first true electric vans, and also spawned an ‘MPV’ version, known as the Combi.

Available with five or seven seats, it was introduced in 2014, but it’s the facelifted model from 2018 onwards that makes sense, as this gets a much larger 40kWh battery, though the range is still limited to a claimed 124 miles. 7-seat e-NV200 Combis are quite hard to track down, too.

Best Features

  • MPV version of Nissan’s popular e-NV200 van
  • 5- or 7-seat models are available, though the latter are quite rare
  • Models from 2018 onwards boast a range of 124 miles

6. Mercedes-Benz EQV (2019-Present)

When it comes to upmarket people movers, it is Mercedes-Benz that absolutely dominates the market. Its V-Class has been the choice of VIP and airport shuttles for some time, and now there’s the option of the electric EQV.

Ideal for use around cities and where emissions-related restrictions are in place, the EQV is probably the best electric 7-seater around.

It’s comfortable, offers a huge amount of space and has a very high-quality cabin, too. Though it doesn’t come cheap, if you’ve got the means, it’s worth every penny.

Best Features

  • The EQV’s large 90kWh battery allows for a claimed range of 213 miles
  • High-quality interior and comfortable ride makes the EQV ideal as an upmarket shuttle vehicle
  • High-spec models get lots of luxuries, including a 15-speaker Burmester sound system and air suspension

7. Vauxhall Combo-e Life (2019-Present)

Vauxhall has ramped up its line-up of EVs significantly in recent years, and one of its most practical choices is the Combo-e Life.

As a sibling car to the Peugeot e-Rifter and Citroen e-Berlingo, the Combo-e Life uses the same 50kWh battery, allowing for a claimed range of 174 miles and rapid charging.

You’ll need the XL model to get seven seats, and it makes for a very spacious family car.

Best Features

  • The Combo-e Life boasts a range of up to 174 miles
  • Available with five or seven seats, but the latter is only available on the ‘XL’ version
  • Hugely spacious family car with a big boot and lots of storage areas

8. Tesla Model S (2012-Present)

The Model S was Tesla’s first mass-market EV, and really helped the firm to gain momentum. It was, and remains, one of the best electric cars, being great to drive and boasting a long electric range.

With its saloon-like shape, the Model S might seem strange to see on this list, but an often-forgotten fact is that Tesla offered this EV with two rear-facing seats in the boot, making it a 7-seater.

It was an expensive option when new as the whole rear of the car had to be strengthened for safety, and as a result is quite rare. But for occasional use for children, it’s a very clever option.

Best Features

  • One of the best electric cars available, while also doubling as an unorthodox 7-seater
  • Most variants can easily accomplish 200 miles on a charge
  • Packed full of technology, including Tesla’s Auto Pilot driver assistance feature

Tips for finding and buying a used 7-seat electric car

Because 7-seat electric cars tend to be a bit rarer than other types of EVs, you need to be more open to travelling further afield for the right car. If you limit your radius locally, it may be more difficult to find the right vehicle, although home delivery is always an option when buying a car online.

That said, you should still be strict with your budget and don’t get too carried away – as tempting as it might be to upgrade to one of the more upmarket EVs, you still need to make sure you can afford it. Particularly if you’ll be financing it over a number of years.

Finally, remember to consider how your lifestyle may match up to electric car ownership. Charging times and costs are always worth considering, so it’s worthwhile factoring this in to your decision-making process.

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