One of the brilliant things about my job is people ask me which car they should buy. One of the funniest things about my job is when those people ask, they've often got their hearts set on a seven-seat SUV, regardless of the number of children in their family. Or indeed, the complete absence of children in their family.

The reasons I give to go in another direction are numerous; why spend the extra money? Why have a five-metre car for the mythical lift to soccer for the neighbour's kids? In short, most people don't need seven seats and never will.

I think the Mazda CX-8 is the first seven-seat SUV I will not try and talk people away from even if they don't need seven seats. Because, as it turns out, it's really quite good and actually not that big.