Lockdown has kept us apart, but with restrictions finally being eased we’re now spending more time together, but what if those gatherings are in our cars and involve more than four people? The answer to this conundrum is cars with seven seats, so here’s our guide to electric models with multiple seating skills you can drive now, and a few that you’ll be able to buy in the future.
Peugeot e-Rifter and its Citroen and Vauxhall equivalents.
It’s one of life’s smaller mysteries, but what does ‘Rifter’ actually mean? The ‘word’ doesn’t translate as ‘van with windows and sometimes three rows of seats,’ but that’s what it’s attached to. If you like the idea of a light commercial vehicles-based family car remember that the Citroen e-Berlingo is essentially the same thing, as is the Vauxhall Combo-e Life.In the Peugeot you can have seven seats in standard and long guises. With the third row of seats up you have up to 322 litres of space in the longer vehicle. Peugeot doesn’t bother to quote a short wheelbase, three seats up boot capacity, so the space is notional. Start folding rear seats and the e-Rifter will take a van-load of clobber, because, of course, it’s van with windows. Official range is a claimed 172 miles. Re-energising times run from as little as 30 minutes for an 80 per cent rapid charge.