Got a burgeoning brood? SUVs are fab for families! From safety features to storage space, here are our fave 7-seater SUVs in Singapore…
Driving your own car in Singapore makes life a million times easier when you’ve got kids. You don’t have to lug around car seats, you’re not at the mercy of the taxi gods when it’s raining, and you have the freedom to explore Singapore’s beautiful parks and nature reserves that aren’t easily accessible by public transport.
If you’ve got two or more kids (or find yourself lugging around lots of stuff), a 7-seater SUV (sport utility vehicle) or MPV (multi-purpose vehicle) makes for a fab family car. With optional third rows, which often fold down for extra cargo space, 7-seaters ensure that you still have space to carry passengers even if you’ve got two or more car seats living in the middle row. We also like the vantage point that a taller vehicle provides when driving.
Prices vary widely on 7-seater SUVs in Singapore, and are in part dependant upon COE (also bear in mind that big SUVs can fall into the more expensive Category B). On the other hand, if you buy a used car, you generally pay for a pro-rated portion of whatever the COE was on your new car (you’re not paying current COE rates). Leasing is also a great option if you want to avoid up-front fees, or if you don’t want to deal with the headaches of sorting out your own repairs.
The good news is, there are some great 7-seaters SUVs and MPVs on the market in Singapore that start from around $110,000 brand new. Swipe through our gallery to see our top picks and get more info on the best family cars in Singapore!
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A truly iconic family car, the versatile Land Rover Discovery offers 7 full-size seats with best-in-class all-terrain capabilities. Second row passengers ride in style with a spacious 954mm of legroom, while even in the optional third row they’ll find 851mm of legroom – plenty of space even for adults (which isn’t always the case, in our experience!).
And the Discovery is fab for hauling, too – the optional Intelligent Seat Fold (available on the HSE model) means you can control cargo space and choose which seats to fold down all from the main touchscreen – allowing up to 2,500 litres of luggage space. And given that Land Rover is synonymous with luxury, it’s no surprise that the Discovery offers all sorts of tricked out infotainment technologies, including optional Meridian™ sound systems, rear seat entertainment screens, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. We also love that the Discovery has a full suite of driver aids, including park assist, blind spot assist with reverse traffic detection, lane keep assist (so key in Singapore!), and a 360° exterior view camera (only available on 3.0D HSE model).
If space is at a bit less of a premium, you can also consider the zippy and high value Discovery Sport, which has a versatile 5+2 seat setup that allows fams to embark on adventure in style, along with Terrain Response Technology, a powerful 2.0L Ingenium petrol engine, and full leather seats.
Land Rover Discovery from $326,999
Land Rover Discovery Sport from $235,999
Want to learn more? Book a test drive today or visit the Land Rover showroom at 45 Leng Kee Road, Singapore 159103 (they’ve even got juice and cookies on hand for kiddos!)
The Mitsubishi Outlander is a best-selling 7-seater SUV for families that fits everything and everyone. Versatile seating options are the name of the game: in the back row you’ve got padded rear with reclining capability, while the middle row has a handy 60:40 configuration and can slide forward 250mm for easy access to the third row, and of course both rows can fold down flat for heaps of storage space. Safety features are of course paramount: the Outlander has 7 airbags, Active Stability Control, and Isofix in the second row for ease of use with car seats. Other cool features: Apple CarPlay™and Android Auto™, which provide hands-free infotainment and entertainment – including music and navigation apps – through your phone interface, and Rear Air Blowers, which ensure you’ll never hear complaints from the backseat about being too hot! And of course up front, the driver will enjoy the easy power tailgate that opens at the touch of a button, and the 4-way Driver Power Seat.
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Mitsubishi Outlander is priced from $109,999 (subject to COE fluctuation) and comes with a 10-year engine warranty and 5-year unlimited mileage warranty.
Book a test drive at the Cycle and Carriage Singapore Mitsubishi Showroom, 239 Alexandra Road, Singapore 159930
Handling more like a sporty hatchback than an SUV, the 7-seater ŠKODA KODIAQ is the ideal workhorse for families: the third row has ample space for kids and passenger comfort is paramount with features like adaptive cruise control, an auto-hold function, a hands-free tailgate (you can tap with your foot to open the boot!), memory seats, and park assist. It’s also got heaps of cargo room – 2,500 litres, to be precise – with fold-down seats in the second and third rows. In fact you’ve got 630 litres of space for groceries, sports gear and school bags with only the third row folded down! In addition to its easy handling and safety features (nine airbags in all!), everything about the KODIAQ seems to have been designed with families in mind. Besides the hands-free tailgate (a gamechanger when you’ve got a baby in tow), the doors are equipped with door edge protection, a clever plastic strip that pops out when the door is opened, meaning your kiddos won’t slam the door into the car next to you next time you’re parked in a tight garage. Brilliant! When we took the KODIAQ for a spin up to Malaysia last year, we also loved clever little features like the wireless phone charging box, the park assist and blind spot detect, and the double glove box with a chilled compartment for keeping drinks and snacks cold!
ŠKODA KODIAQ is priced from $142,900
Book a test drive or visit the ŠKODA showroom at 239 Alexandra Road, Singapore 159930 to see this 7-seater SUV up close!
Well-priced and versatile, the Volkswagen Sharan is a 7-seater MPV with seven individually adjustable seats, including an ‘Easy Entry’ feature that makes it easier than you’d expect to reach that back row! On those occasions when you need more cargo space, the ‘EasyFold’ feature allows the seats in both the second and third row to fold flat with a simple one-handed action. Easy is kind of a recurring theme with the Sharan: parents who have their hands full with toddlers, bags, groceries (or all of the above) will appreciate the power sliding doors and Electric Tailgate feature, both of while allow you to open and close the car with the push of a button. The Sharan is a particularly child-friendly 7-seater, with integrated child seats in the second row featuring built-in belt tensioners and extremely sturdy design for maximum safety. There’s also noise-insulating glass to ensure a super quiet ride – perfect for helping littlies drift off to dreamland! Ooh, and did we mention the Sharan is easy on the wallet, too? It’s well priced at under 200k and its TSI petrol engine requires little fuel to generate impressive performance. It’s a powerful yet efficient 7-seater MPV!
Volkswagen Sharan is priced from $170,900
Schedule a test drive or visit the Volkswagen Singapore showroom at 247 Alexandra Road, Singapore 159934
There are many 7-seater SUVs and MPVs on the market in Singapore, available for a range of prices. The below are for brand new models; bear in mind that you can save a lot of money purchasing a car that’s a few years old, or by leasing instead of buying:
Audi Q7: From $307,800
BMW X5: From $344,888
Hyundai Santa Fe: From $174,999
Kia Sorento: From $154,999
Lexus RX350L: From $292,800
Mercedes GLS: From $420,888
Nissan X-Trail: From $124,800
Opel Zafira: From $108,777
Peugeot 5008 (pictured): From $144,888
Toyota Fortuner: From $180,988
Volvo XC90: From $290,000