Which 7-seater is best for large family?

Hi John,

We have four kids and need a suitable 7-seater SUV. What do you recommend? We have looked at Kia Carnival and Sorento and Mazda CX-9. Just can't decide.


Hello Brett,

  • Kia Carnival >> is an eight seater. You can easily remove the middle of the three seats in Row 2 and use the gap as a passage for access to Row 3. This is a brilliant advantage for people with young kids in particular.
  • Carnival also has head-protecting side curtain airbags for Row 3. Sorento does not. Mazda CX-9 does. This is something to consider if Row 3 is to be used regularly.
  • Kia Sorento >> has just been tweaked for MY17 - details on the review linked to my homepage >> - essentially they’ve added auto emergency braking to Platinum, and introduced an even sexier model above Platinum (the GT-Line). I think Kia is about to or has just tweaked Carnival’s range in a similar way.
  • Carnival and Sorento: 7yr warranty, capped price service for 7 years. Annual servicing (or 15,000km - whichever comes first).
  • CX-9: 3yr/100,000km warranty, 12mth/10,000km service interval.
  • Sorento and Carnival - the pick is the diesel. CX-9 - there’s only the turbo petrol engine, but it’s brilliant too.
  • Sorento: Full-sized alloy spare. Carnival and CX-9: space-saver.
  • Carnival sounds like it’s way ahead for you - definitely the most practical vehicle for transporting people and their gear around town and on highways and arterial roads. Good to drive, too. (They’re all good to drive.)