But it turns out it’s not as depressing as all that. Take the Ford S-Max; it might look like a dull MPV, but it drives like a composed saloon. Take the Volvo XC90: it might look like a tank, but the interior is something out of a luxury hotel. And then you have the forthcoming seven-seat version of the Bentley Bentayga: performance, unparalleled luxury and power.
Here’s our pick of the top seven-seaters to buy this year: believe me, with four boys aged 4-9, I’ve put them properly to the test.
Mercedes GLS: from £69,110
This is the daddy of them all. It is absolutely vast: the third row of occupants are in a different postcode, or, as my 6ft 1in boyfriend said, when he sat comfortably in the furthest reaches, “You could be in two separate accidents in this car”. Not that you would: it’s built like Fort Knox. Room for seven adults and still enough boot space for the weekly shop.