There are many seven or eight-seat SUVs on the market today that you would presume you would be able to fit five child seats in, but as I have found in my testing this is not the case! Either the second row doesn't fit three child seats or the rear row doesn't have top tether points, or you can't access them without uninstalling the second-row child seats!!
Here is a list of all the seven and eight-seater SUV's, that I have reviewed so far, and found would fit five child seats in-
The BMW X7 seven-seat SUV ranges from $119,000 to $168,000, it is a very practical and luxury seven-seater with some great family-friendly features. It has five-top tethers and four ISOFix in the back and I could fit five big child seats in easily!! WOO HOO!! It also has a fantastic mechanism for accessing the third-row seats with child seats installed. Watch my top four features of the BMW X7 and the full review here.
The Ford Everest ranges from $53,000 to $74,000, it is a great seven-seater. It has five-top tethers and two ISOFix in the back and I could fit five child seats in!! WOO HOO!! It also fits a twin stroller in the boot when using all seven seats which a lot of seven-seater don't. The Everest is a good allrounder, has Apple CarPlay and good reversing cameras, good offroad and practical for a large family too. Watch my top three features of the Ford Everest here and the full Ford Everest review here.
Five child seats fit in the 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport!! FANTASTIC!! Two forward facing car seats fitted nicely in the third-row seats using the two top tether anchorages on the back of the third-row seats. And three child seats fit across the second-row seats using the two ISO FIx and three top tether anchorages. I also found with the central child seat removed I could sit comfortably between the two child seats in the second-row seats and I am 162cm. See full review here.
FIVE child seats fit in the 2019 Ford Everest Titanium!! WOOO HOOOO!!!! There are three top tether anchorages across the second-row seatbacks, all within plastic guides and nice and easy to connect to and there is also top tether anchorages on the back of both third-row seats also within plastic guides and easy to connect to. There are ISOFix points in the two outer second-row seats, they are within plastic guides and nice and easy to connect to. Read the full review here.
The 2019 Holden Acadia LTZ-V has FIVE top tethers!!!! WOO HOO!! They are all in plastic guides in the rear seatbacks and it has Isofix in the two outer second-row seats. I could install five big child seats which is fantastic! Legroom was very good in the Acadia too and the boot was space is good when using only five seats I could fit 18 shopping bags in or when using all three rows of seats I could fit five shopping bags in or a single or twin stroller fitted.
The Mazda CX-8 has FIVE top tether points?!! FANTASTIC!! They are all within plastic guides on the seat backs, apart from the central one in the second row which is right underneath the seat and I found I required an extension strap for the child seat. There are ISOfix points in the two outer second-row seats only and I found there was enough room for me to install three big child seats across the second row while using the ISOfix because there is plenty of space across the second-row seats, which is unusual and great! In the third row, I installed two big Britax child seats using the seat belts and top tethers, and there was ample room for them. The second row slides to adjust leg room and we found you could have a 184cm passenger sit in front and behind a rear-facing infant capsule. In both positions, there was 25cm of knee room which was impressive! The headroom in the third row was better than in the VW Tiguan Allspace but still only enough for the 184cm passenger to last a 30-minute journey before they wanted more space! For accessing the third row, the second-row seats slide forward and small kids could perhaps climb through but an adult could not reach through the gap to fasten buckles or bigger kids climb through without removing child seats. The second-row seatbacks are split 60:40 and the 60% is on the kerb side so you actually have to remove two child seats to access the third row from the kerb side of the car which seems biased to left-hand drive countries. I found that the third-row seats are very comfortable to sit in and I'm 162cm.
The Mazda CX-9 has FIVE top tether points?!! Yes! They are in all three central row seats and both third-row seats too! But the central seat's anchor point was strangely located slightly under the seat base and not clearly labelled, which didn't fill me with confidence when I was installing my child seat! There are ISOFix points in both the outer second-row seats, they are hidden in slits of the seat leather so you do have to line them up carefully and are not as simple as when they're within plastic guides. The second-row seat, behind the front passengers, has a folding mechanism that allows it to fold and move forward with a child seat installed (if using the ISO Fix, not the seatbelt) and gives a big step-through access to the third-row seats! I managed to very comfortably fit five large Britax child seats into the CX-9, still with plenty of legroom in the front for driver and 23cm of knee room for the front passenger! First, I put the Britax Platinum Pro in the third row and the rear-facing Britax Unity infant capsule and Britax Graphene (installed as rear facing) in the second-row outer seats and the Britax Kid Guard Pro booster seat in the central seat, there was plenty of space around the seats and installation was really simple.
It's not an SUV but it holds five child seats and is definitely worth considering:
Five child seats fit in the VW Multivan Comfortline. Wooo Hooo!!! There are two individual seats in the second row that both have ISOFix and top tether anchorages. In the third row, the bench seat is really nice and generous, plenty big enough for three grown adults to travel comfortably or three big forward-facing child seats fitted really easily or I could very comfortably travel between two child seats. See the full review here.