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Topic # 193489 13-Mar-2016 00:27
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I have a family member who is looking for a newish car, but it needs to be a 7 seater. They so far like the look of the Honda Odyssey which is more of a people mover. They also like the Hyundai Santa Fe but it is outside their price range, and they don't really need a AWD SUV . Does anyone have any recommendations, or anyone have one of these 7 seater beast that they can comment on? Would welcome all feedback, as I don't know what is best for this type of vehicle.


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  Reply # 1512169 13-Mar-2016 00:51
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So they are happy with a 5 seater with pop up seats in the boot? Toyota Vanguards do come like that, they are pretty much a RAV4. Shame Ford don't import the C/S Max into NZ, they are super popular here in the UK. 


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  Reply # 1512172 13-Mar-2016 04:13
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A NZ new Honda Odyssey is the benchmark for 7 seaters. Stay away from used imports and check service history. I would also recommend getting Car Inspection Services to inspect.




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  Reply # 1512176 13-Mar-2016 07:50
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Mitsubishi outlanders are not bad or nissan xtrails

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  Reply # 1512213 13-Mar-2016 10:23
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We have a Mazda Premacy (2010), has the small rear 2 seats to make upto 7 seats - fine for short people or short trips. The Odyssey is def roomier, as are the Mazda MPV's, theyve usually got proper seating rather than the "popup" seats.

 

 





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  Reply # 1512214 13-Mar-2016 10:35
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I would go for a honda odyssey absolute personally


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  Reply # 1512220 13-Mar-2016 11:07
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  Reply # 1512239 13-Mar-2016 12:16
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mattwnz:

 

I have a family member who is looking for a newish car, but it needs to be a 7 seater. They so far like the look of the Honda Odyssey which is more of a people mover. They also like the Hyundai Santa Fe but it is outside their price range, and they don't really need a AWD SUV . Does anyone have any recommendations, or anyone have one of these 7 seater beast that they can comment on? Would welcome all feedback, as I don't know what is best for this type of vehicle.

 

 

1. Budget?

 

2. Who is sitting in the back row? Some 7 seaters can only seat 7-8 year olds ie no space for carseat, and no room for legs.


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  Reply # 1512241 13-Mar-2016 12:19
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I had a hunt for 7-8 seaters in the last 12 months and these are what I've found

 

7 seaters that definitely can't seat adult sized people (remember most teens are adult sized)

 

- Mitsubishi Outlander (previous model), Toyota Wish, Honda Stream, Mazda Premacy

 

Things that actually fit people in the back row

 

Mazda MPV, Toyota Estima, Honda Odyssey new model BUT heavy, sluggish, poor fuel economy

 

Honda Odyssey (previous model) is somewhere in between, along with most SUVs, inc Nissan Presage.


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  Reply # 1512255 13-Mar-2016 12:45
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Most SUV 7 seaters - the 2 extra seats in the back are good for little else other that short round-town trips/emergencies.  Not suitable at all for travelling any distance or for anyone larger than a Hobbit.

 

If you want a true 7 seater you should be looking at a people mover (Oddysey, Chariot etc) 





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  Reply # 1512381 13-Mar-2016 16:06
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We have a Toyota Ipsum, our second one with a brief foray with a Honda Edix in between.  I like it and the wife loves it.  It's quite compact externally but seats 6-7 comfortably and has a useful amount of luggage space even with all seats occupied, unlike Santa Fe etc.  With rear seats folded down you have a massive flat luggage area.  And it's not too heavy for the 2.4l engine so OK to drive and probably less thirsty than an Odyssey or Previa.  My only criticism is that the middle seat has only a lap belt which I don't think are safe at >60km, so effectively it's a 6-seater for long trips.


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  Reply # 1512383 13-Mar-2016 16:11
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Peugeot 307 or 308SW

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  Reply # 1512389 13-Mar-2016 16:31
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There are a few Nissan Qasqai +2's around if you are looking at second hand. They are no longer available new in nz as Nissan shuffled the range and now you are looking at an x trail.

We love our +2 but it has its limitations. Anything I've seen never has enough boot space for 7 people. Even the Nissan Pathfinder has similar boot space to our +2 just more leg room in the back seats.

However it's amazing what you can fit in them when the seats are down. So figure out what you will use the car for most of the time, and go from there.

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  Reply # 1512400 13-Mar-2016 17:06
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I bought the a new RB1 Odyssey, not long after they launch it in NZ.

A few things that you may need to know
It quite thirsty, especially fully loaded with aircond going.
When fully loaded, not much space left for luggage
The middle row centre seat is a lapbelt, but later model have 3 points
Full size seats in back and quite comfortable for distance driving
Driving is somewhere between a car and a van, can wallow a bit on corners.
But with long wheel base, quite stable.
For driver, fantastic driving position, especially with arm rest.
Can get a bit handful in tight spaces, eg underground parking, due to long wheel base.

After 10 years of driving mine, love it, fantastic cruiser.
With all back seat down, can fit all my rc planes and gears.
Was not happy with offering from Nissan, Mitsubishi, or Toyota.
Not keen on non jap brands.


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Oh BTW forgot, fantastic gearbox, very smooth change, no howling CVT gearbox.
If am not wrong, Honda only Jap manufacturere making their own box.
Hence it is important you put in PROPER gearoil or else will ruin it.

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