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Seven places without overpayment: the cheapest seven-seater cars

We recently found out what options there are for those who want to get a seven-seater crossover for minimal money – and even though there is a cheaper option for a million in that list, the bulk of them have to pay for off-road mode. But can you save if you do not chase this fashion? A review of the segment of cars without a hint of crossover style shows that the choice now is not the same as before. What remains for those who do not need a crossover, but need seven seats in the cabin?

He who seeks is always … remembers Lada Largus: in recent years, the choice of a cheap seven-seater car has become virtually non-alternative. In addition, this lack of alternative is overshadowed by the inability to choose a car with an automatic transmission: Largus is equipped exclusively with five-speed mechanics, and from the end of last year, the VAZ 21809 was added to the French JR5. only with VAZ engines – a 87-strong eight-valve 11189 and a 16-valve 21129, which produces 106 hp (the VAZ KP is combined with the second one). The advantage can be considered that both engines work on the 92nd gasoline.

In the seven-seater version, two additional seats are located in the luggage compartment, virtually nullifying its volume: instead of 560 liters in the five-seater version with the third row unfolded, you can get only 135. However, the “cheap 7 seats” condition is met, then it can be removed. Of course, the back can be simply folded: in this case, the loss in the amount of luggage will be noticeable, but it will remain functional.

Surcharge for two extra seats is small – 24 thousand. Only the ability to get them in the basic version of Standard is not. In other words, you shouldn’t focus on the basic price tag of 591 thousand rubles: in order to order three rows of seats, you have to pay 80 thousand more, since the seven-seater performance appears only in the Norma Climate configuration for 667 thousand rubles. In it, however, there will be no passenger airbag and audio systems – for them you need to contact the Norma Comfort version for 682 thousand. With a more powerful 16-valve engine, the three-row Largus costs at least 703,000, and the top-performance Luxe Prestige with a leather steering wheel and 15-inch alloy wheels costs 736,400 rubles.

The Volkswagen Caddy is in a way a compromise: the Touran is no longer on our market, and the Caddy is still a commercially inherently automobile with a spring rear suspension. Nevertheless, if you want exactly seven-seater Volkswagen, and Teramont roads, Caddy can be considered a way out.

The current Caddy is built on a modernized base of the third generation predecessor, which refers us to the PQ platform. Nevertheless, over the fact that to teach him to drive in a passenger way, the Germans still worked, so if you do not expect too much from a seven-seater car for a family, then you may not remember that you are driving a semi-truck. It also has its advantages: the ability to order a 4Motion all-wheel drive with a rear axle coupling: in this case, a half-axle takes the place of the rear semi-dependent beam. But also, unlike Largus, if necessary, you can regularly pay in full with all the baggage and receive an extended version of the Maxi: then for the third row of seats there will be not 190, but 530 liters of cargo space.

And at the end of last year, Volkswagen significantly expanded the Caddy engine range in Russia. Previously, it included a 110-strong aspirated 1.6 liters and two diesel engines 1.6 and 2 liters in different power variations from 75 to 140 hp Now the 1.6-liter diesel engine is gone, but three TSI gasoline turbo engines have been added – for 1, 1.2 and 1.4 liters. They, perhaps, should be regarded precisely as a nod to the “family” car options: for commercial exploitation, buyers will prefer either diesel or gasoline aspirated, but when choosing a car for yourself, you can also think about the gasoline turbo engine. Interestingly, the liter engine is more powerful than the 1.2-liter: 102 forces versus 84, and 1.4-liter gives out 125 forces. Among the available gearboxes are mechanics on 5 or 6 stages, as well as not only the seven-speed DSG offered for a 1.4-liter engine, but also a 6-speed automatic with which a 140-horsepower two-liter diesel engine can work. All-wheel drive cars – only diesel and “mechanical”.

From a financial point of view, the good news is that the third row of seats is available as an option for any configuration – you can add it even to the base Trendline for 1.5 million. Surcharge for the third row is also small: 31 thousand rubles. Thus, for the cheapest seven-seater Caddy will have to pay 1 535 000 rubles – but the list of options and complete sets is traditionally wide.

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