2018 7-Seat SUV Mega Test

Hyundai Santa Fe v Kia Sorento v Mazda CX-8 v Peugeot 5008 v Skoda Kodiaq v Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace: Six circa-$60,000 premium seven-seat SUVs compared side by side

People-movers are pretty passé, which explains the continual success of seven-seat crossover SUVs like the group tested here. We’ve assembled what we consider to be six of the best, with the added bonus that all are either new models or at least recently upgraded.

There’s the Hyundai Santa Fe and its related Kia Sorento cousin, the new Mazda CX-8, the left-field Peugeot 5008, stretched Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace, and its Skoda Kodiaq twin-under-the-skin.

All of these are positioned as five-seaters with small, stowable third seating rows that can be pulled up and thrown into work at the drop of a hat. Many brands have identified this ‘5+2’ market as a sweet spot.

We’ve tested all of these in high-end specification levels, with the pricing as tested ranging between about $58,000 and $61,500 before on-road costs. Naturally, all can be had for much less if you’re willing to forgo some luxuries.

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