What's the best SUV for three child car seats?

A reader wants a high-riding car that can accommodate three child seats. What is his best option?...

Best cars for three child seats

I am currently considering various small and medium SUVs that have a high, upright driving position. One reason for this is that for most of the past 30 years I suffered from a sore back while driving, but this changed in 2006 when I bought a Citroën Xsara Picasso

However, my trusty old Citroën is nearing the end of its life, and I need to replace it. The second important factor in my new vehicle is that it can accommodate three child car seats in the second row, because I have several grandchildren whom I regularly transport. 

It's easy to fit three child seats in the back of the Picasso, but while I like the idea of going for an SUV this time, I'm not sure which ones will be versatile enough.  What would you recommend? 

Jurek Rzepecki

What Car? says…

There are quite a few small and medium SUVs that have a high driving position, but there aren't any that we'd recommend that are wide enough to take three child car seats in the second row. For that you need to move up to the large SUV class, where there are some great options, including our 2020 Large SUV of the Year, the Peugeot 5008.

Peugeot 5008

It has a lofty driving position, so should be comfortable for you. Plus you get seven seats as standard, including three separate ones in the second row that recline, fold and slide independently. All three second row seats have Isofix mounts and top tether points, making it easy to install child seats in them. However, if you install an infant carrier in the second row you may need to use one without an Isofix base; the base we used in our tests was too wide to fit between the other two seats.  

Alternatively, if you were to stick to an MPV, there are many that have upright front seating positions and are designed to accommodate seven people, with flexible second and third row seating.

The Volkswagen Touran is our favourite for £25,000 to £30,000, and its second row is wide enough for three child seats. All five of the second and third row seats move independently, and they have Isofix mounts and top tether points for secure child seat fitting. The Touran's interior is even roomy enough to fit one seat into the second row and another behind if required. 

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