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There are many five-seater cars on the market today that have three top tether points across the rear seats. So you would presume you would be able to fit three child seats across the rear seats, but as I have found in my testing this is not the case! The main reasons I find are either the cars simply aren't wide enough, or the rear seat bases aren't wide enough or the seat bases or backs are too sculpted for three child seats to fit!

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Here is a list of all the five-seater cars on the market in Australia today that I have reviewed and found would fit three child seats across the rear seats with the child seats used in BabyDrive testing:


A woman presenting the 2023 Mazda CX-60 during its launch review, positioned beside a red SUV.

Mazda CX-60

New to the luxury five-seater line up is the Mazda CX-60. Prices range from $60,000-$85,000. This family SUV has a minimal interior with a rear seat slightly wider than the CX-5. So far I have tested with two Infasecure child seats and they fit very comfortably with an adult sat between them so I am hopeful a third Infasecure child set will fit too when I do my full testing in a few weeks!


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Porsche Cayenne

It's a beautiful family car! The Porsche Cayenne is a luxury SUV that is modern, luxurious, fast, and at the same time it is incredibly practical as a family car. Three Infasecure child seats fit comfortably across the back seats with good legroom for a 180cm driver in front of a rear-facing child seat, or taller with forward-facing child seats. Priced from $117,000-$293,000 it is not in everyone's budgets. You can see the top three family-friendly features of the Porsche Cayenne here.


Subaru Forester

A capable five-seater SUV, the Subaru Forester is a good choice for tall families. With three Infasecure child seats across the back row a 184cm driver can sit in front of a rear-facing infant capsule or with forward-facing child seats even taller driver and front passenger. See the top three family-friendly features of the Subaru Forester here.

 

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2021 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV is a great five-seater plug-in-hybrid SUV priced between $47,000 Р$54,000. Three Infasecure child seats fit really nicely across the rear seats with a good amount of legroom in the front too. To read more about the child seats in this testing click here. The Eclipse Cross PHEV did around 50km to a charge which I found a practical amount for daily driving on battery alone. See the top three family-friendly features of the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV here.


Citroen C4

With a spacious back seat the Citroen C4 is a practical five seat SUV. There are three top tether anchorages in the Citroen C4 and I could fit three Infasecure child seats across in the back comfortably. I installed two Infasecure Attain More rear-facing and an Infasecure Achieve More in the central seat. Legroom is good in the Citroen C4 and with rear-facing child seats in the outer two seats we found a 180cm driver would fit or a 186cm passenger. . See the top three family friendly features of the Citroen C4 here.


MG HS

The MG HS PHEV is a great five-seater SUV, affordably priced between $30,000 Р$47,000. Three Infasecure child seats fit across the rear seats. To read more about the child seats in this testing click here. The MG HS PHEV has around a 52km electric range which I found a practical amount for daily driving on battery alone. See the top three family-friendly features of the MG HS PHEV here.

 

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Porsche Macan

The very lovely Porsche Macan luxury five seat SUV is very practical car for family life. Three Infasecure child seats fit across the rear seats nice and comfortably. I installed three Infasecure Attain More seats across the rear seats both forward-facing or rear-facing they all fit really nicely. Legroom is good in the Porsche Macan and with rear-facing child seat installed, a 176cm driver could sit in front or with forward-facing a 186cm driver. See the top three family friendly features of the Porsche Macan here.


2022 Genesis GV70

Genesis GV70

The Genesis GV70 is a luxury five seat SUV. It has a beautiful interior and the rear seats have ISOFix in the two outer seats and top tether anchorages on the back of all three rear seats. Three Infasecure child seats fit across the rear seats nice and comfortably. I installed an Infasecure Attain More, Achieve More and a Serene. With a rear-facing child seat we could just fit a 180cm driver in front or with a rear-facing child seat on the other side of the car, we could easily fit a 186cm front passenger.


2022 VW Golf Life

Volkswagen Golf

The Volkswagen Golf is a great allrounder for families looking for functionality as well as good styling. You are able to fit three Infasecure child seats across the rear seats. I installed the Infasecure Roamer II, Infasecure Versatile folding booster seat in the middle and the Infasecure Achieve More child seat rear-facing. Legroom is quite good in the Volkswagen Golf Life, with rear-facing child seats installed in the back a 180cm driver could fit or a 186cm front passenger. See the top three family friendly features of the Volkswagen Golf Life here.

 

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Kia Cerato Hatch

The Kia Cerato GT Hatch is a more practical five seater than you'd imagine. Priced at just $26,000 – $37,000 it makes it good looking and fun sporty car for families. I could fit three Infasecure child seats in the back of the Cerato GT Hatch. It was a tight squeeze and a bit of a juggle getting three children in and out of the back but it is possible if you really need to! Legroom is good in the Kia Cerato GT and with rear-facing child seats fitted, we could sit a 180cm driver in front of a rear-facing seat and 188cm tall front passenger.


Haval Jolion

The Haval Jolion Hybrid is a super affordable hybrid SUV. Priced at just $28,000 Р$41,000 it makes it very affordable for a lot of families. The Jolion fits three Infasecure child seats nicely across the rear seats. I installed the Infasecure Attain More in the outer and central seat and Infasecure Aspire More booster in an outer seat. They all fit nicely and you could put three Infasecure Attain More seats across if you wanted to. Legroom is fantastic in the Haval Jolion. We found we could comfortably fit a 186cm passenger in front of a rear facing Infasecure Attain More. Or a 180cm driver in front of a rear facing Infasecure Attain More.


GWM Haval H6 GT

The GWM Haval H6 GT is well equipped SUV for the price. Priced at just $40,000 Р$47,000 it has ISOFix in the outer two seats and top tether anchorages on the back of all three rear seats. The Haval H6 GT will easily hold three Infasecure child seats across the rear row; I installed the Infasecure Attain More, Aspire More and Achieve More. You could fit three forward or rear-facing Infasecure Attain or Achieve More child seats across if you need to in the Haval H6 GT. In the Haval H6 GT model we could only fit a 180cm driver in front of a rear-facing Infasecure Attain More child seat. However we could fit a taller driver in the non-GT Model Haval H6 Lux.

 

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2023 Chery Omoda 5 SUV

Chery Omoda 5

The New Chery Omoda 5 is a very affordable five-seat SUV for families. Priced at just $30,000 – $33,000. In the back of the 2023 Chery Omoda 5 there are ISOFix in the outer two seats and top tether anchorages on the back of all three seats. Room is good for an SUV of this size and three Infasecure child seats fit across the rear seats nicely. I installed the Infasecure Achieve More and Versatile folding booster seat forward facing and the Infasecure Adapt More Infant Capsule rear facing behind the driver's seat. In front of the capsule we could fit around a 180cm driver, or with a forward-facing child seat installed, a 186cm+ driver fits.


Nissan X-Trail

The Nissan X-Trail is available with a petrol engine or as an e-power hybrid. The Hybrid model feels like a fully electric car to drive it is really enjoyable. This new model makes a lovely five-seater family SUV, that I could fit three Infasecure child seats in the back seats of comfortably. I installed the Infasecure Adapt more and Achieve More rear-facing in the two outer seats and I put the Infasecure versatile folding booster seat in the central seat. There are ISO Fix in both the outer rear seats and top tether anchorage points on the back of both of the outer rear seats and the central top tether point is in the ceiling of the boot.


2021 Volkswagen Tiguan Comfort Line

VW Tiguan

The VW Tiguan is a lovely five-seater family SUV, that I could fit three Infasecure Attain More child seats in the back. There are ISO Fix in both the outer rear seats and top tether anchorage points on the back of all three rear seats and easily reachable through the boot. The rear seats are quite flat, allowing for three child seats to be installed, but the seat base was only just wide enough to accommodate the child seats I tested with so if you intend to fit three child seats you'll definitely need to check your chosen models will fit across the Tiguan during your test drive. See the top three family-friendly features of the VW Tiguan here.

 

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2021 Haval H6 Lux

Haval H6

The Haval H6 Lux is a very affordable and practical five-seater SUV priced at $32,990 drive away for the lowest spec up to $39,990 for the top spec. Three Infasecure child seats fit really nicely across the rear seats and legroom is very good. If you are looking for a car good for taller families then this is a good option. Here is a link to an article with other cars with good legroom. The Haval H6 has great boot space too and some nice family friendly features throughout. See the top three family-friendly features of the Haval H6 Lux here.


2021 Hyundai Tucson Elite

Hyundai Tucson

The Hyundai Tucson is a very practical five-seater SUV for families and ranges in price between $35,000 and $52,000. I fitted three Infasecure child seats in the back seats with a squeeze and found I could just fit between or beside two child seats. There are ISOFix points in the two outer seats and top tether anchorages across all three seatbacks. A 184cm driver could fit in front of a forward-facing child seat and a 184cm passenger could travel in front of a rear-facing child seat with good legroom. See the top three family-friendly features of the Hyundai Tucson here.


Kia Sportage

The New Kia Sportage is a fantastic five seater SUV for families and ranges in price between $33,000 and $53,000. I fitted three Infasecure child seats in the back seats and found I could just sit between two child seats. There are ISOFix points in the two outer seats and top tether anchorages across all three seatbacks. Legroom is pretty good in the cabin, with a rear-facing child seat, we found a 180cm driver could fit in front or a 186cm passenger could fit in front. See the top three family-friendly features of the Kia Sportage here.

 

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2021 Toyota RAV4 Cruiser Hybrid review

Toyota RAV4

The New Toyota RAV4 has great interior space which made it easy when installing child seats. I could fit three child seats in the rear seats. It was a bit tight but I could fit either three forward-facing child seats or two forward-facing and one rear-facing. Legroom inside was good enough for a 180cm driver to sit in front of a rear-facing child seat which is fab! See the full review here.


2023 Nissan Qashqai Ti

Nissan Qashqai

The New Nissan Qashqai ranges in price from $34,000 to $48,000. It can comfortably fit three Infasecure child seats across the back row. I installed the Infasecure Adapt more and Achieve More rear-facing and the Infasecure Attain More forward facing although the rear seats feel wide enough that you should fit three forward-facing Attain More child seats across the back if you needed to. Legroom in the Nissan Qashqai is tight with rear-facing child seats a 170cm driver can fit in front, or with forward-facing child seats a 180cm+ drive for front passenger. See the full review here.


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Renault Koleos

Three child seats fit across the rear seats of the Renault Koleos using the three top tether anchorages and two ISOFix points. There is a good amount of interior space throughout the car and legroom is very practical for families. With rear-facing child seats installed we could put the driver's seat in it's furthest back position and fit a 186cm driver in the front which is very rare! The price ranges from $32,000 to $46,000. You can see the top three family-friendly features of the Renault Koleos here.

 

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Honda CR-V (5 seater)

The five-seater Honda CR-V ranges in price between $31,000 and $45,000. I could fit three child seats in the second-row of the five seater model with loads of legroom and boot space throughout. In the seven seater model I could fit five child seats in the back, the top tether straps do go in the third-row passengers faces which you can read about here. See the full review here.


2021 Peugeot 3008

Peugeot 3008

The Peugeot 3008 fits two child seats and a booster seat nicely in the back seats and the front passenger seat folds down flat so it's easy for kids to climb in and out past rear facing child seats too. The 3008 ranges in price from $45,000 to $50,000. See the top three family-friendly features of the Peugeot 3008 here.


Mazda CX-5

You may be surprised to find I could fit three Infasecure child seats across the back seats of the Mazda CX-5. You do need to be selective about your child seats and check they fit first but we could fit the Infasecure Attain More, Achieve More and Aspire More across the rear seats. The CX-5 has three top tether anchorages in the back of the seat backs and all three seat backs fold forward individually too. There is ISO Fix in the two outer seats too although I couldn’t use the ISO Fix when fitting three child seats as I needed to bring the child seats further out to the edges of the seats so I used the seat belts with the top tethers, which worked really well. See the full review here.

 

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A woman is standing in front of a 2023 Kia Seltos with a baby car seat.

Kia Seltos

The Kia Seltos has ISOFix in the two outer rear seats and top tether anchor points on the back of all three seatbacks. I installed three Infasecure child seats across the back seats of the Kia Seltos; one Infasecure Attain More rear-facing and one forward facing and an Infasecure Achieve More forward facing too. There was not enough room in the back seats however to have three forward-facing child seats across as the car tapers in at the window height preventing three fitting. Not all families need to fit three child seats across. A combination of forward and rear-facing child seats works best. Legroom was a little tight and in front of the rear-facing child seat, we could fit a 170cm driver. See the top three family-friendly features of the Kia Seltos here.


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Subaru Impreza

The Subaru Impreza Hatch has AMAZING legroom with rear-facing child seats installed and I could just squeeze three across too! The boot is big and it's just such a fuss-free, easy to drive car that is also nippy and fun for pleasurable child-free journeys!


2021 Subaru Outback

Subaru Outback

I found I could install three child seats in the rear seats of the Subaru Outback. There are ISOFix points in both the outer seats and top tether points in the backs of all three seats. I found it was a tight fit and with just the two outer child seats installed there was enough room for me to sit between them. Legroom is fantastic, and in front of the rear-facing child seat a 184cm driver can sit comfortably. I was amazed there was so much room with such a large boot as well. See the full review here.

 

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VW Touareg

I loved driving the VW Touareg, it easily fits three child seats across the rear seats. I found that forward-facing or rear-facing car seats fit and with a rear-facing child seat installed a 180cm driver could sit in front of it. See the top ten family-friendly features of the VW Touareg here.


2021 Genesis G80

Genesis G80

The five-seater Genesis G80 is a luxury sedan ranging in price from $85,000 to $100,000 so it is not in every families budget, however, for those that can it is a very nice family sedan. I could fit three child seats in the second-row with very good legroom for front passengers. A 180cm driver can sit in front of a rear-facing child seat or on the passenger side, a 184cm passenger will fit in front of a rear-facing child seat. With a forward-facing child seat on the driver's side then a 184cm driver can sit in front of it. See the full review here. See our top five family-friendly features here.


2021 Hyundai i30 Sedan

Hyundai i30 Sedan

The five-seater Hyundai i30 sedan has a lot of space for child seats in the back. I could fit three child seats really nicely and legroom was good too, with a rear-facing child seat on the driver's side a 180cm driver should sit in front of it and on the passenger side at least a 184cm passenger could sit in front of a rear-facing child seat or infant capsule. Ranging in price from $25,000 to $38,000 it is an affordable and practical family sedan. See the full review here.

 

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Mazda Mazda 6 GT

Mazda6

Very surprisingly I could fit three child seats in the back of the Mazda6 sedan (but not the wagon)! There are three top tethers across the fixed parcel shelf in the back, which are within plastic guides but because of their position, as well as the ceiling and the back window being so low, they are REALLY tricky to access and connect to. They are even harder to disconnect. There are ISOFix points in the two outer rear seats, they are within plastic guides and relatively easy to connect to. With a rear-facing child seat in the back, I had a good amount of legroom in the front passenger seat too (I'm 162cm). The main difficulty is posting Bub into their seats, as the low roofline is just hard work; I hit my head and my daughter's head on it many times!


A woman standing in front of a suv with a baby in a car seat.

Citroen C5 Aircross

The Citroen C5 Aircross costs between $35,000 and $65,000. The rear seats of the Citroen C5 are individual and as the fantastic family seven-seater the Peugeot 5008 they are super comfy and easily fit three Infasecure child seats across. This five-seater SUV is PACKED FULL of family-friendly features and definitely worth a look. See the top three family-friendly features of the Citroen C5 Aircross here.


Toyota Corolla sedan (11th generation)

There is a lot of legroom in the Toyota Corolla. We managed to install three child seats: A Mountain Buggy Protect infant capsule and Infasecure Kompressor 4 (both rear-facing) in the outer seats and an Infasecure Foldaway booster seat in the middle with enough legroom in front for a 184cm driver. There are two ISO Fix points, one in each of the outer rear seats, and three top tether anchorages situated in the parcel shelf behind each rear headrest.

 

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The Suzuki S-Cross will fit three child seats across the middle row

Suzuki S-Cross

I was very surprised I managed to squeeze three child seats across the back row of the Suzuki S-Cross! I did this with the Britax Graphene (rear facing) and the Britax Unity capsule, plus the Britax Maxi Guard Pro in the middle. You would definitely need to check your three child seats fit before buying them if you need this functionality. There are three top tether points across the backrests of the rear seats and ISO Fix in the two outer seat bases. They are within plastic guides and were all very easy to connect to. Two child seats fitted really nicely into the S-Cross rear outer seats using the ISO Fix with the top tether.


2023 BMW X1

BMW X1

The BMW X1 SUV costs between $54,000 and $83,000. When it comes to installing three Infasecure child seats I found the BMW X1 can only fit the Versatile Folding Booster seat between two child seats (the Infasecure Achieve More and Attain More) and there was not enough space for another Attain or Achieve More to fit across the shoulders. With a rear-facing child seat in the second-row, we could fit a 180cm driver in front. See the top three family-friendly features of the BMW X1 here.


The Range Rover Velar will fit three child seats across the second row

Range Rover Velar

I could easily install three child seats in the back of the Range Rover Velar! There are ISOFix points in the two outer seats within plastic guides so they were easy to connect to and top tether points across the back of all three rear seats. It was fantastic to be able to use the ISOFix points and have three seats installed, as usually, you have to move the outer child seats further outwards and use the seatbelts.
It was a little tricky reaching the top tether points through the boot as the boot is so long, so it was easier to bring the seatbacks forward to reach them.

 

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BMW ALPINA XD3 takes three child seats

BMW X3

The BMW Alpina X3 costs between $93,000 and $128,000. I found three child seats fit well in the back seats, with good legroom for the front passengers and a 180cm driver can sit in front of the rear-facing child seat. See the top three family-friendly features of the BMW Alpina XD3 here.


2021 Audi Q8 50 TDI Quattro

Audi Q8

The Audi Q8 fits three big child seats really easily forward-facing or rear-facing, with good legroom for the front passengers and a 180cm driver can sit in front of the rear-facing child seat. See the top three family-friendly features of the Audi Q8 here.


BMW X5 M50d 2019 takes three child seats

BMW X5

In the back of the five-seater model of the 2019 BMW X5, the seats are very spacious and comfortable. I found three forward-facing child seats fitted really nicely across the second-row seats. The ISOFix are in the two outer seats and are easy to connect to and the seat base is really deep and wide so it is easy to install three seats. The only problem I had was connecting the top tether straps because I could not reach across the boot, I am only 162cm, so had to kneel on the child seats and reach over the seatbacks. I could easily sit between two child seats in the outer positions and legroom was excellent and we could easily seat a 182cm driver in front of a rear-facing child seat.

 

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Volvo S60

Volvo S60

The Volvo S60 Sedan does fit three specific style child seats across the back seat. However there are some big considerations due to the rear seat shaping, roof height and headrests. To learn all about it click here.


Jaguar F-Pace

Jaguar F-Pace

The Jaguar F-Pace really does excel with its rear seats surprisingly fitting three child seats across the rear seat. Alternatively, the central seat was large enough for an adult to sit between two child seats very comfortably and the seatbelt buckle was well-positioned to not stick in your bottom! Legroom, however, is a bit limited, there was not a lot of space between my driver’s seat back and the rear-facing infant capsule installed behind it when in my driving position and I am 162cm. It is perhaps a car more suited to families with slightly older children in forward-facing child seats. (Who are also well trained in not kicking the back of chairs!!!)


Jaguar E-Pace

Jaguar E-Pace

In the back of the 2018 Jaguar E-Pace, the seats are comfortable and deceptively spacious and I found I could fit three child seats in there! I wasn't expecting it at all! I wouldn't have fitted three big forward-facing child seats alongside each other but I found the combination of two forward-facing and one rear-facing did work. With just two child seats installed in the outer seats then it was less crowded with a nice amount of space around the child seats. There are three top tethers in the seatbacks that are easily accessible through the boot and within clearly labelled, plastic guides. The ISOFix points are in the two outer rear seats, they are within plastic guides and I found the plastic guides made them a bit tricky to connect to. Although the E-Pace is a small SUV, a 180cm passenger could just sit in front of a rear-facing child seat installed in the back.

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Tace Clifford founded BabyDrive in 2017 after discovering a huge information gap in mainstream car reviews that left new parents and expanding families in the dark when it came to one of the biggest purchasing decisions of their lives.

48 Comments

  1. What about a more recent Volkwagen Passat wagon e.g. 2016 models and beyond? Is the backseats too sculptured?

  2. Hello, can you include distance of inner isofix points in your future reviews? It says more than words as I can calculate if an adult can sit in between seats or if the third one fits in. Thanks!

  3. Hey,
    I have a 2007 Mazda 3 and needing 2 slim compacted car seats to go next to a baby jogger capsule, what would you recommend??

  4. Hi! We have a 3.5 y/o, a 2 year old and soon a newborn- preferably want them all to rear face until at least 4.5. Any idea which car would be suitable for that? Thanks so much – your website and the videos are so helpful!

  5. Hello,

    I want to buy a car for family of 5, one forward facing child seat, one booster and adult sitting in the rear seat. Any recommended car for that range? Thanks…!

  6. I have a Toyota Cross over on order. I’m having difficulty finding out if 2 for ward facing childcare seats will fit in back row with a booster seat m between them for a 6 year old ‘ as they are new baby bunting can’t tell me they will as they haven’t seen the car as yet

  7. Hi, I was wondering how about Peugeot 2008 with three seats or with two seats, how much room left for the mother at middle row. Do you have pictures for that case?

  8. Hello, I would also like to know if the 2020+ BMW 5 series would fit 3 across, I have two children in boosters and 1 rearward facing

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