By Alexi Falson, 27 Sep, 2021
14 of the Best 7-Seat SUVs Coming to Australia in 2021
AF By Alexi Falson August 16, 2021
Australia’s appetite for the best 7 seater SUVs in the world is ravenous, with large SUVs consistently finishing in the top ten of monthly sales charts.
This is likely the result of Australian customers demanding size and practicality as key priorities from their new cars, with 7 seater SUVs in Australia providing some of the best options for all-round practicality and space.
Today we’re going to take a look at some of the best seven seat SUV arrivals into Australia in 2021 to help you whittle down your shortlist and find the best and freshest 7 seater cars on the market.
1. Fourth-Generation Toyota Kluger
The Toyota Kluger is one of the most popular large SUVs in Toyota’s lineup, which is made even better by the fact that there’s a new-generation Kluger on Australian shores. The fourth-generation Kluger arrived in Australia back in June, promising a refreshed styling package, new economical petrol and hybrid engine options, flexible cargo space and the latest in entertainment and safety technology. It’s available in three variants, with the GX priced from $47,650, GXL from $56,850 and range-topping Grande from $68,900. If you’re interested in an economical engine option, hybrid models are available from $54,150 in the GX, $63,350 in the GXL and $75,400 for the flagship Grande hybrid variant.
Earlier this year, Hyundai introduced its new flagship eight-seater SUV, the Palisade, which features an extremely bold styling design asserting itself atop Hyundai’s lineup. After its sales success in America, Hyundai decided it was time to introduce its latest and greatest eight-seater SUV to Australia, where it has been welcomed by buyers looking for a large, comfortable and feature-packed SUV. The Palisade can be optioned in either an eight-seat (2+3+3) or seven seat (2+2+3) configuration, so if you’ve got a large family, it’s one of the best options on the market. The interior design is extremely clean, with a huge infotainment system and a number of luxurious features available in higher grades. Prices for the Hyundai Palisade kick off at $60,000 for the 3.8 in two-wheel drive configuration, while the AWD raises the price to $64,000. The range is topped by the Palisade Highlander, which is priced from $71,000 for the 2WD variant, while the all-wheel drive model will set you back $75,000 before on-road costs.
3. Kia Sorento
Kia launched its latest assault on the 7 seater SUV market earlier this year with the introduction of the latest generation Kia Sorento. After years without a refresh, the Sorento lineup received a much-needed update featuring new, sharper design language, entertainment features and more efficient engine lineup. While the launch of the latest generation Sorento saw prices for the 7 seater SUV jump by around $2,000, Kia has made up for these price jumps by bundling up more standard equipment in entry-level models than ever before. This means that even the base model Sorento provides exceptional value for money, particularly when you factor-in Kia’s entertainment and safety features. Drive-away prices kick off at $46,990 for the Sorento S with a petrol engine, increasing to $49,990 for the Sorento Sport, $54,390 for the Sport+ and finally $61,990 for the Sorento GT-Line. Prices for diesel variants add $3,000 to the price tag.
4. Mazda CX-9
Mazda’s CX-9 is one of the most established 7 seater SUVs here in Australia, and in its latest generation, it represents one of the best choices of a large, family SUV on the market. The 2021 CX-9 hit showrooms earlier this year, adding some new models to the lineup and bundling in added entertainment and safety technology as standard. These changes came with some price increases, however, these were marginal for cheaper variants and stretched out to a premium of around $1,900 on the higher-grade models.
The CX-9 lineup is priced from $45,990 for the entry-level CX-9 Sport, with prices stretching out to $53,490 for the Touring, $62,990 for the GT and $66,190 for the range-topping Azami variant, with a special edition 100th Anniversary also available from $72,575. Keep in mind that these prices do not include on-road costs.
7 Seater SUVs are so popular around the globe, particularly in Australia, that even luxury manufacturers with no previous experience in 7 seater cars and crossovers have thrown their hat into the ring to get a slice of the 7 seat SUV pie. The Bentley Bentayga is perhaps one of the best examples of this extreme transition from a luxury brand, with the introduction of a hyper-luxurious seven-seat SUV for buyers looking to travel in style. The Bentayga takes an uncompromising approach to the seven seat SUV, combining extremely powerful engines, the finest interior materials and latest technology that culminate in an undeniably appetising recipe.
The only real problem here, though, are prices. Bentley’s uncompromising approach to the luxurious seven seat SUV translates into Australian list prices that kick off at $364,800 and stretch out to $448,219 for the V8 First Edition.
The Toyota Prado is one of the most recognisable names on our list, and there's good reason for it. The Prado has transported families on long road trips for decades now, with each new model providing exceptional value for money, practicality for families and off-road capability far beyond that of its competitors. In 2021, Toyota gave its Prado a number of equipment upgrades after updating its engine lineup in late 2020. These upgraded Prado models hit showrooms back in July, which means there’s never been a better time to step inside Toyota’s definitive seven seat SUV. Prices start at $60,830 for the entry-level Prado GX, with the GXL and VX priced from $67,530 and $77,167 respectively. Finally, the range-topping Toyota Prado Kakadu is priced from $87,807, packing a number of unique features and upgrades over the standard models.
7. Haval H6
The Haval H6 is one of the more interesting cars on this list, considering the fact that it undercuts most of its competitors in the large, 7 seat SUV market by as much as $20,000. Haval brought its latest generation H6 SUV to Australia earlier this year, which packed some serious improvements over the previous model. The H6 SUV received a brand new platform, a full suite of active safety technologies and a redesigned exterior, making it one of the clearest value-for-money propositions in the entire Australian 7 seat SUV market. With drive-away prices kicking off at $30,990 for the entry-level H6 Premium, the H6 SUV is by far the cheapest seven seat SUV on our list. Moving to the H6 Lux brings the price tag to $33,990, while the H6 Ultra and H6 Ultra AWD are priced from $36,990 and $38,990 drive-away, respectively.
8. Isuzu MU-X
In recent years, Isuzu has been riding a wave of success based on the burgeoning sales of its D-Max ute, and its 7 seater SUV, the MU-X. Its success prompted Isuzu to give the MU-X an upgrade, which just arrived in showrooms a few days ago. While the latest generation MU-X is just under $3,000 more expensive than its replacement, it more than makes up for the price increases with the inclusion of more comfort, entertainment features, real-world practicality and safety equipment, and considering it shares its underpinnings with the D-Max ute, it’s a fully-fledged off-roader and towing powerhouse. Prices for the new Isuzu MU-X kick off from $47,990 for the LS-M 4x2, with the cheapest 4x4 on offer for $53,990. The MU-X range tops-out at $59,900 for the LS-U and $65,900 for the LS-T 4x4. Keep in mind that these prices do not include on-road costs.
9. Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid EV
One of the most exciting 7 seat SUV arrivals that we’ll see in Australia in 2021 comes in the form of the Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid EV or PHEV for short. Mitsubishi has confirmed that the latest generation Outlander PHEV will debut later this year, although the first deliveries into Australian showrooms will more than likely stretch into 2022. It is set to be packaged with more entertainment and safety features, but more significantly, a lineup of more powerful, yet somehow more efficient engines that pair a petrol unit with a battery pack and either single or dual electric motors. The end result is staggering efficiency for a car of this size, and will represent one of the most economical seven seat SUV offerings across the market when it arrives in Australia.
10. Jeep Grand Cherokee L
Earlier this year, Jeep kicked off its Australian testing program for the upcoming replacement for the Grand Cherokee, which is set to arrive some time before 2022. The Grand Cherokee is a large, American approach to the seven-seat SUV market, promising a lineup filled with entertainment and comfort features, as well as some hugely powerful engines. It’s the first seven-seat Grand Cherokee in the lineup, made possible by Jeep’s new platform that allows for three rows of seating. Best of all, Jeep is investing more money than ever before in preparing the Grand Cherokee for Australian roads, meaning the latest units will also be the greatest-performing Grand Cherokees we’ve seen so far.
11. 2022 Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series
Very potentially the most important car on this list, Toyota is gearing up for the launch of an all-new generation LandCruiser 300 Series, featuring an all-new platform, interior design, updated styling, suspension system, entertainment and safety features, as well as new petrol and diesel engine options. It’s been no secret that Toyota has been preparing a new LandCruiser 300 Series, with the company keen to drum up excitement for its arrival in Australia some time in the fourth quarter of 2021, most likely a September-October debut into showrooms.
The fifth-generation Nissan Pathfinder is also set to hit Australian showrooms sometime in the fourth quarter of 2021, bringing new styling, technology and eight-seat flexibility in a competent off-road SUV body. The Pathfinder can be optioned in either a seven or eight-seat configuration, and is packed with an interior filled with luxurious elements and entertainment features. At this stage, prices for the next-generation Nissan Pathfinder are unknown, but we’re likely to learn more ahead of its official launch later in the year.
13. Skoda Kodiaq
Skoda’s seven-seat Kodiaq SUV proved such a sales hit in Australia that the company actually ran out of stock for its Kodiaq RS earlier this year. The timing, though, actually turned out to be pretty perfect, because the company is planning on releasing a refreshed Kodiaq to the Australian market which is due in December. It is expected to launch with refreshed styling, updated entertainment and safety technology, and borrow a new, powerful engine from the Octavia RS in the flagship Kodiaq RS, culminating in one of the most exciting seven seat SUVs on the market.
14. Peugeot 5008
Finally, our list of the best seven seat SUVs arriving in Australia this year closes with the fabulous Peugeot 5008, which has proven extremely popular with Australian buyers in recent years. It’s one of the most unique and stylish SUVs on the road, and to make things even better, Peugeot has given it a number of key updates for 2021, with new integrated LED lights, a new grille design and the company’s new all-digital ‘i-Cockpit’ for the driver and front passenger to enjoy. The Peugeot 5008 GT petrol is priced from $51,990, while the 5008 GT diesel variant is priced from $59,990 before on-road costs.
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