There are some great options out there besides the aforementioned Audi/MB/BMW group. The Volvo XC90 easily handles 7 (and the kids fight over the third row) gets decent mileage has a great safety rep and is something you would not be ashamed to park in the line at the Country Day School with the SUV/Minivan drop off/pick up parade. Full disclosure - in spite of growing up with BMWs and MBs both daughters opted for Volvos - XC70 and XC90 for their own kids. You will not get 6 folks in a Cayenne - 5 with some uncomfort to the middle seat -- 4 is optimum and comfortable. Dodge/Jeep are bringing out a diesel in MY13 one for the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the other (probably not until '14) is the three row Durango. Both excellent platforms developed by MB when they owned Chrysler -- virtually the same underpinnings as the ML/GL/R class that are built here. The engine is a turbo V6 diesel of about 240 hp with gobs of torque sourced from VM Motori a respected mfgr owned jointly by Fiat and GM. Both will use the ZF 8 speed transmission for exceptional highway mileage. Not a bad deal at about 2/3rds the price of X5d. Since that engine plant is owned in part by GM it would not tax the imagination much to envision the same mill being used in one of the General's SUV offerings. The Suburban for one cries out for a return to oil burning and it would do wonders for the triplets (GMC Acadia/Buick/Chev) as well. Back on topic -- the X3 will be just fine for one kid and the assorted impedimentia that travels with them as long as the car seat fits! Be sure to check that out -- you may have to buy a car seat to fit the car. The rear facing seat is the one that seems to use up the most rear seat room. Good luck, and when the second child is coming then you will be ready to move up to a three row unit. You will need it!
Last edited by UncleJ; 11-08-2012 at 08:05 AM.