Mitsubishi’s Outlander PHEV has been a staggering success in the UK because its plug-in hybrid drivetrain means it qualifies for low tax and the Government’s £2500 subsidy to buyers of electric cars. Unfortunately, if you want a seven-seat Outlander, you have to go for the 2.2-litre diesel model, which loses these advantages while keeping the PHEV's numb steering and unsettled ride.
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Best cars for three child car seats
Just because a car has seven seats that doesn't automatically mean it'll be able to accommodate three or more child car seats. To find out which cars are best for three child seats we got together eight SUVs and six MPVs, all with at least seven seats, plus a hatchback and an estate with three Isofix points across their rear seats, to see how many can accommodate three child seats.
Our young passengers were aged 11 months, four and seven. The youngest was in a Maxi-Cosi Pebble infant seat secured by a seatbelt and the older two were in Britax Romer Kidfix II seats with Isofix points. It’s important to state that our test is only one combination of cars, seats and children, and that it might be possible to fit a larger number of other seats into other models.
SUVs are now the fastest-growing car class; they come in a range of sizes, and although they look rugged, they often have small petrol engines and front-wheel drive, so they’re cheaper to run than conventional 4x4s. While they appear big and butch, many of those with seven seats are not able to safely accommodate more than two child seats in the second or third rows. Below are the results for the eight SUVs we tested.