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There are many five-seat SUVs 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 of them all, but as I have found in my testing this is not the case! Either the cars simply aren't wide enough, or the rear seats aren't wide enough or the seat bases are too sculpted or the seat backs are too shaped for three child seats to fit!

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Here is a list of all the five-seat SUVs that I have reviewed and found would fit three child seats across the rear seats:


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.


Jaguar E-Pace

2018 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. 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. Full review here.


2021 Hyundai Tucson Elite

Hyundai Tucson

The Hyundai Tucson is a practical and affordable SUV for families, ranging in price from $35,000 to $52,000 that is definitely worth a look. Three Infasecure child seats fit in the back seat and I could just fit between 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

Three child seats fit in the back of the Kia Sportage with a squeeze. This is a fantastic and affordable SUV for families and ranges in price between $31,000 and $46,000. See the top three family-friendly features of the Kia Sportage here.


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Toyota RAV4

The Toyota RAV4 is a spacious five seater SUV, also available as a hybrid. It's interior space makes it simple when installing three child seats in the back and legroom inside was good enough for a 180cm driver to sit in front of a rear-facing child seat which is great! See the top three family-friendly features of the Toyota RAV4 here.


Renault Kadjar

The Renault Kadjar is a small SUV that JUST fits three child seats in the back I found it best with two child seats and a slim booster seat. Legroom is quite tight too and I found with rear-facing child seats a 162cm driver can sit in front or with a forward-facing child seat a 182cm driver could sit in front. See the top three family-friendly features of the Renault Kadjar here.


HAVAL H2 takes three child seats

Haval H2

The Haval H2 is the cheapest five-seater that fits three child seats, costing only $19,000 and $27,000 new! I found it best fits three child seats in the back seats when using a combination of forward and rear-facing child seats or two forward-facing child seats fit in the outer seats but I could not sit between them. See the top three family-friendly features of the Haval H2 here.


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Nissan Qashqai

The Nissan Qashqai ranges in price from $27,000 to $36,000. I found could (just) fit three child seats across the back row of the Nissan Qashqai. Two full-size seats and a slim booster in the central seat. Three full-size seats would not fit though. Legroom in the Nissan Qashqai isn't too bad, with a rear-facing child seat installed a 170cm driver could sit in front of it, or with a forward-facing child seat installed a 182cm driver could sit in front of it. 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.


2021 Kia E-Niro

Kia E-Niro EV

The Kia Niro EV is a fantastic electric SUV for families and ranges in price between $40,000 and $66,000. Three child seats fit really nicely in the back seats and I could fit between two child seats. There are ISOFix points in the two outer seats and top tether anchorages across all three seatbacks. Legroom is fantastic in the Kia e-Niro too and we found we could sit a 186cm driver in front of the rear-facing child seat or a 186cm adult passenger behind that same tall driver. See the top three family-friendly features of the Kia Niro here.


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.


Subaru Forester (5th Generation)

The Subaru Forester fits three child seats nicely across the back seats, there are three top tethers in the seat backs and ISOFix in both the two outer rear seats. Legroom was still really good in the front and a 184cm passenger could still sit in front of a rear facing child seat. See the top three family-friendly features of the Subaru Forester here.


VW TIGUAN ALLSPACE

VW Tiguan

The VW Tiguan has 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 models we used 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 full review here.


The Mazda CX-5 will fit three child seats across the middle row

Mazda CX-5

I was surprised to find I could fit three child seats across the back row of the Mazda CX-5! I didn’t think it would be big enough but I got two infant capsules in the outer seats and a booster seat in the central seat. 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.


Kia Seltos takes three child seats

Kia Seltos

I found three child seats fit in the Kia Seltos which costs between $25,000 and $41,000. 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.


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.

 


Lexus NX300

I was very surprised that, at a squeeze, I could fit three child seats across the back row of the Lexus NX300! The Britax Graphene child seat, the Britax Maxi Guard Pro and the Britax Kid Guard Pro forward facing. It was a very tight squeeze and was made even more difficult because the central seatbelt is a two buckle system with one halfway underneath the outer child seat, making it really difficult to connect to. There are ISOFix points in each of the outer seats, and top tethers in all three seats. The outer two seats have top tethers in their seatbacks and the central seats top tether is in the ceiling along with the central seatbelt. I struggled with the central seatbelt as the first buckle for it is halfway underneath the outer seat base which made installing the seats really tricky! I managed to fit the three Britax child seats using the seatbelts rather than ISOFix but they were really squeezed in. It was a much better fit with just two child seats installed using the ISOFix, there was a lot more space around the seats and they weren't cramped! I think realistically it is a two child-seat car and three on rare occasions.


Range Rover Velar 2018

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. I fitted the Mountain Buggy Protect infant capsule and the Britax Graphene (rear facing) in each of the outer seats using the ISOFix and the Britax Maxi Guard Pro (forward facing) in the central seat. 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.


Suzuki Vitara

The Suzuki Vitara's rear seats are generously sized and flat, which meant they surprisingly held three child seats at a squeeze! I could install the Britax Unity infant capsule and Britax Graphene both rear facing in the outer two seats and the Britax Maxi Guard Pro forward facing in the central seat. There are ISOFix in both outer rear seats and top tether in the seatbacks of all three, which are easily accessible through the boot. With rear-facing child seats installed, the legroom in the front is also surprisingly good and enough to fit a 186cm driver in!


Suzuki Grand Vitara 2018

Suzuki Grand Vitara

The Suzuki Grand Vitara seats are comfortable and although there is some shaping to the seatbacks and bases, their basic nature worked in our favour and I could fit three child seats across the rear! I was very surprised in a small car like this. I could fit the Britax Unity infant capsule on one side and the Britax Graphene (rear facing) on the other with the forward-facing Britax Maxi Guard Pro in the central seat. It was a squeeze and you do need to level out the two outer seats to make their passengers comfortable. There are ISOFix points in the two outer rear seats and top tether for all three rear seats. The connection bars for all of the top tethers were just bare metal bars and had no labelling at all. It was fine for the ISOFix, which were situated between the seat base and seat backs, but the top tether points were right at the bottom of the seatbacks and looked more like handles for bringing the rear seats forward rather than top tether points. To add to the confusion there were three black plastic hooks at the top of the rear seatbacks (also unlabelled) that were connectors for the cargo shelf. I would hope that no one would get them confused but I'm sure it is possible.


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 ISOFix 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 ISOFix with the top tether.

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10 Comments

  1. Can a 2019 5 seater Mitsubishi Outlander fit 3 narrow seats across the back? I have two slim boosters and one slim InfaSecure Kompressor 4 seat

  2. Hi – did you test any of the Skoda mid-size SUVs for fitting three seats across the back (newborn, 3yo, 6yo)? Eg Kamiq and Karoq 2020?

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