Best 7-Seater Car / SUV's Under $50,000 in 2019

Moderators at OzBargain have decided to run yearly polls to decide the best products in popular categories that get asked repeatedly in the forum. Our aim is to have a central thread where users can vote on the items, suggest options and also change their vote throughout the year. The polls will end once the year is over.


What is the best 7-Seater Car / SUV under $50K for the year 2019?

We asked a similar question last year and most of you thought the Mazda CX-9 took the top spot, followed by the Kia Carnival.

Seven seater cars are a great choice for parents who are looking to buy a single car to move the entire family. 7 seater cars typically have an extra row of seats at the rear, allowing you to accommodate extra passengers or cargo.

Some considerations when choosing a 7-seater

  • Vehicle safety (ANCAP ratings). The ANCAP rating is a five star system (five stars being the safest, one star being the least safe).
  • Fuel economy
  • Two wheel drive or all-wheel drive. All wheel drive vehicles are more expensive, but will provide a better driving experience.
  • On-board entertainment options for keeping the kids entertained and smartphone connectivity, such as Bluetooth, Android Auto, plus Mp3 player compatibility, rear view digital displays and SatNav.
  • Ongoing Maintenance costs

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Poll Options Wed, 01/01/2020 - 00:00



    Mazda CX-8. Lowest RRP is $42,490.

  • +3 votes

    Kia Sorento. See a million of these out in the "young family" suburbs.

  • +1 vote

    Mitsubishi Outlander. Not a favourite. Still should be on the list.

    • +1 vote

      I don't think value-wise there's anything better. What other 7 seat SUV can you buy for 32k brand new with leather, 18 inch wheels and nav.

  • +4 votes

    corolla with the smaller kids in the boot


    If you can wait till 2020, you'll be able to get a base Tesla Model Y for that kind of money (maybe a little more), and it'll have a 7 seat option (I've got a feeling that the 7 seat option doesn't go into production till 2021).


      I doubt it would be anywhere near 50k AUD, let alone actually getting here by 2020 (if the The Model 3 RHD availability is anything to go by). The Model 3 is expected to be priced here to compete with the 3 series, IS, Q50 and C-Class like it is in the US, and the Model Y is priced even higher than that. Most likely be looking at starting from sub-$70k, priced to compete with the Discovery Sport and GLC. Good value comparatively to the luxury brands, but absolutely nowhere near the sub-50k bracket and unattainable for families on a budget.


    I currently drive a MU-X and it’s been faultless and really good on fuel 8.2L/100Kms
    Highly recommend it.


    Can we please get off the 7seater/people mover polls we have had for a few years running and get onto something else like “best small sedan”, “best investment luxury car” or “best mid size SUV”… or hell, “best truck over 12.5t” or maybe even “best learner motorcycle” or something that people actually ask about here on a regular basis…

    Or at a minimum, can we have a different poll every 1/4 instead of pinning a topic that goes dead fairly quickly to the top for a whole year. Freshen it up every now and then… we love polls and discussions, just not year long stale ones.

    PS: My vote goes to the Mahindra XUV500 or the Foton Sauvana. Surprised no one has mentioned the Holden Craptiva or Arcadia. The SsangYong Rexton has had a makeover. Might be a contender.


      Acadia’s are around the $60k mark…

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        For a Holden? Lol… :D

        Trust me, the way Holden sales are going (or aren’t going) there would be plenty of these on offer as “ruin out” last year 18MY. If you can’t pick one of these up for under $50k, you aren’t haggling hard enough. The resale on these is going to be abysmal.

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        They're $42,990-$67,990 FWIW


    Why is it under $50k? Is there another poll for luxury suvs?


    Which one would have the best fuel economy? Looking at replacing my small 7-seater soon (9yo Kia Rondo 7 that recently developed some engine issue). Around 10,000km of mostly city driving a year. Don't really need a full size 3rd row as it would be used only 1 day a week (carting other kids for church or sports). I do look for,

    1. Small size. Around the same width as my old Kia Rondo (1.81m), as I have a very narrow car port.
    2. Good fuel economy for city driving.

    For (2) I probably should just cross out all the V6 & diesel. Honda Oddysey fits the bill. My brother has one and it seems nice. What do you guys think about Toyota Prius v? A few friends drive it. Looks like Corolla on slightly longer wheel base. Good economy in the city. However very dated platform.


      Don't really need a full size 3rd row as it would be used only 1 day a week (carting other kids for church or sports).

      If you didn't need that, I'd say the new Rav4 Hybrid


        If I don't need that I'll rather get a Corolla hybrid or an i30 — just preferring smaller cars in general. However the Mrs is the one driving the car most of the time, and she does need the extra seats sometimes.

        Edit: and why Toyota can't put together a 7-seater Hybrid Rav4?


    Honda has these available now too CR-V VTi-E7 and VTi-L7

    They just had a 7-year warranty & roadside assist with free 12month rego offer which ended in March, may do it again later this year.


    Skoda Kodiaq, has the feel of a Euro without the price tag, might not get all the options for 50k but a decent spec list.

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    Holden Acadia is selling well (demand is currently outstripping supply) so would be a worthy inclusion.

  • +1 vote

    Get a Mazda CX-5/CX-9