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Spoilt for choice, is one way of looking at the hugely competitive and evolving seven-seat SUV market. Ten years ago, seven seaters made up 66 percent of the ‘Large SUV’ market; in 2018 it was 80 percent. In 2008, seven-seat ‘over-40s’ outnumbered ‘39-and-under’ buyers by three-to-one; now 39-and-under has overtaken them, while female buyers have grown from 25 to 33 percent. With an abundance to choose from, and a handful more added this year, it’s tough to keep track of the available seven-seat models, much less find the best of the bunch.

 

So we’ve done some of the hard work for the budding buyer, and got together three outstanding seven seaters from three separate regions; all of superb stock, the top of their respective lines, and each capable of claiming the title. This is going to be a close battle.

 

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In the Czech corner is the 2017 champion, Skoda’s Kodiaq, back for 2018 in top-spec SportLine guise, with the optional range-topping 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine.Representing Japan is Mazda’s new-for-2018 CX-8, a model that slips under bigger brother seven-seat CX-9 in size and price, with a new, impressive and efficient 2.2-litre turbo diesel, loaded in top-spec Limited variant...

 

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