There are many seven or eight-seater 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! Some will only hold 3 child seats across the second row of seats and they have no top tether or ISOFix in the third row at all.
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Here is a list of all the seven and eight-seater SUVs that I have reviewed and found would fit three child seats in the second row with the child seats used in BabyDrive testing:
The New Hyundai Palisade is available as a seven-seater or eight seater SUV and will fit three and four child seats in the back respectively. The seven seater has two captains chairs in the second-row and the eight seater has a bench seat split 40:60 in the second-row. See the full review here.
The New Mitsubishi Outlander seven-seat SUV will fit three Infasecure child seats in the second-row seats nicely. Priced around $42,000 the Outlander has been modernised and includes a lot of family friendly features like built in rear window blinds. See the full review here.
In the Nissan Pathfinder, there are two ISOFix points, one in each of the outer second-row seats. There are four top tether anchor points, in the backrests of all three second-row seats and there is one in the right-hand third-row seat! This allowed me to install four child seats using the seat belts and top tether anchorages. The second-row seats have a mechanism that allows you to move an outer seat forward with a child seat installed (The child seat MUST be using the ISO Fix, not the seatbelt.) and have enough room to climb through to the third-row seats. See the full review here.
The Mazda CX-9 is a great family SUV with FIVE top tether anchor points! It can very comfortably fit three child seats across the second-row seats and two in the third-row too. Access to the third-row seats is very good in the Mazda CX-9, you do not have to uninstall a child seat in order to access the third-row seats. Read the full review here.
The Hyundai Staria is a new eight seater AWD people mover and a great option for large families. Similarly priced to the Kia Carnival it ranges from $49,000 – $67,000. This car is packed full of amazing family friendly features, including an interior rear seat camera! SO you can watch your little ones in the back while driving along!
Three child seats fit easily across the spacious second-row seats and you can bring the second-row seats forward and climb through to the third-row seats if you have used the ISOFix to install your outer child seat rather than the seatbelt. There are no top tether anchorages or ISOFix in the third-row (unlike the Kia Carnival) but I was able to easily fit three Infasecure Versatile Folding Booster seats in the back there for older kids. Read the full review here.
The 2021 Kia Sorento is priced similarly to the Kia Carnival, ranging from $46,000-$63,000. A great seven-seat SUV the new Kia Sorento has four ISOFix points and five top tether anchorages. The central second-row seat is the only one to use the seatbelt instead of ISOFix for securing child seats. See the top 10 family-friendly features of the Kia Sorento here.
The 2019 Mitsubishi Pajero, fits three child seats across the second-row when you use the seat belts with the top tether anchorages to fasten the child seats in. There are not top tether anchorages in the third-row. Legroom is excellent in the front with rear-facing child seats installed we could easily fit a 182cm passenger. See if the 2019 Mitsubishi Pajero: Top 3 Family-Friendly Features.
The Audi Q7 is a luxury seven seat SUV that fits five child seats comfortably. It ranges in price from $102,000-$165,000. A great seven-seat SUV for families with lots of features and luxuries that make it practical as well as enjoyable to drive. The Audi Q7 has five ISOFix points and five top tether anchorages. See the top 3 family-friendly features of the Audi Q7 here.
The Mercedes Benz GLB is an affordably priced luxury seven-seat SUV ranging from $60,000-$89,000. It has four ISOFix points and five top tether anchorages fitting five child seats nicely in the back. See the top 3 family-friendly features of the Mercedes Benz GLB here.
The seven-seater Honda CR-V SUV will house three child seats across the second-row and you can fit two in the third-row as well, however, the second-row top tether straps go across the third-row passengers faces so this is definitely something to consider. There is good air ventilation to all three rows of seats which is good. See if the Honda CR-V will suit your family 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 ISOFix in the two outer seats in the second row, there is top tether in the back of all three second-row seats AND in the back of both third-row seats… 5 TOP TETHERS!!! I managed to fit three child seats across the second row of seats and two in the third row as well. Boot space was good with all three rows of seats in use I could still get a single stroller in the boot.
The Ford Everest is a very practical seven-seater SUV that will hold five child seats. Three across the second-row and two in the third-row seats. It also has a good media system and boot space. See the full Ford Everest review here.
The Land Rover Discovery has five top tether anchorages and four ISO Fix and fits three child seats across the second-row and two in the third row which will not leave you Disco-pointed!! See if the Land Rover Discovery will suit your family here.
The BMW X7 is a GREAT seven-seat family SUV that ticks all the BabyDrive boxes. It very comfortably fits three child seats across the second row of seats and two in the third-row as well and has excellent third-row access. The BMW X7 is full of family-friendly features like rear window blinds and ventilation and has excellent boot space even when using all seven seats. See if the BMW X7 will suit your family here.
I did manage to install four child seats in the Lexus RX350L. The large boot of the Lexus RX350L takes away from the space inside the car and when I came to install child seats, I discovered there is not really enough legroom in the car for it to be used as a genuine seven-seater. There are three top tethers across each of the backrests in the second row of seats and one in the third row of seats, in the backrest on the passenger side See the full review here.
I could install four large Britax child seats into the Infiniti QX80 and there was so much space in the second-row seats that I could use the ISOFix rather than the seatbelts to connect the two outer child seats! I fitted the Britax Platinum Pro forward-facing and Britax Graphene rear-facing in the two outer seats and the Britax Kid Guard Pro booster in between. In the third row, I fitted the Britax Maxi Guard Pro using the seatbelt and top tether. In the Infiniti QX80, the only way to access the third row was by folding forward the second-row outer seat so you would have to uninstall any child seat fitted there! Which is totally impractical! It's also disappointing in a seven-seater car!
Note: The rest of these SUVs will hold three child seats across the second-row but have no Top Tether anchorages for fitting child seats in the third-row.
The New Toyota Kluger Hybrid's second row of seats has ISOFix in the two outer seats and top tether anchorages for all three seats. Three Infasecure child seats fit nicely across the second-row seats and access to the third-row seats is good too but there are no top tether anchorages or IOFix points. Full review here.
The New Isuzu MU-X ranges in price from $48,000 to $66,000. It has ISOFix in the two outer second-row seats and top tether anchorages for all three second-row seats. Three child seats fit nicely across the second-row. Full review here.
The Mitsubishi Pajero Sport ranges from $45,000 to $60,000. You can have three top tether anchorages for the second-row seats in the Pajero Sport but I had to install two of them myself!! The anchor points are in the ceiling above the third-row passenger's heads so the straps go in their faces, unfortunately. See if the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport would suit your family here.
In the Toyota Prado VX, there are ISOFix in the two outer seats in the second-row and top tether in the back of three second-row seats and the third-row seats don't have any top tethers or ISOFix. I managed to fit three child seats across the second row of seats in the Toyota Prado VX, two forward-facing and a rear-facing, it was actually a bit tighter fit than I was expecting for a car of this size. Boot space was good when only using five seats but it really lacked boot space when using all seven seats.
In the VW Tiguan Allspace, there are ISOFix in the two outer seats in the second-row and top tether in the back of three second-row seats. There are no top tethers or ISOFix in the third-row seats. I just managed to fit three child seats across the second row of seats, it was nice and flat which made installation easier yet the seat base was only just wide enough for the combination of three child seats I used.
The Toyota Landcruiser 200 Series, has ISOFix in the two outer seats in the second-row behind velcro flaps, there are top tether in the back of all three second-row seats, the central one is right down the bottom so you may need an extension strap for some child seats. The third-row seats don't have any top tethers or ISOFix. I managed to fit three child seats across the second row of seats two forward-facing and a rear-facing, legroom was very good with rear-facing child seats installed a 183cm passenger could sit in front and I could sit behind and I'm 162cm. Boot space was good with all three rows of seats in use I could get all styles of strollers in the boot.
I recently retested the Skoda Kodiaq as part of a seven-seat comparison with Carsales and it did, in fact, fit three child seats across the second row of seats. I used less bulky child seats this time and three squeezed in! The two third-row seats do not have top tether anchorages so no child seats could fit back there. See if the Skoda Kodiaq will suit your family here.
In the Peugeot 5008, there are ISOFix and top tether in all three second-row seats!! Woo hoo!! The third-row seats don't have any top tethers or ISOFix. I managed to fit three child seats easily across the second row of seats in the Peugeot 5008, the second-row seats are all individual seats making them easy to move and slide independently. Boot space was good when only using five seats but it lacked boot space when using all seven seats.
I managed to fit three child seats across the second row of seats in the Kia Sorento. The rear-facing Mountain Buggy Protect infant capsule on one side, the forward-facing Infasecure Kompressor 4 in the other outer seat and the Infasecure Foldaway booster seat in the central seat. There are ISOFix in the second rows two outer seats and top tether for all three second-row seats, but there were no ISOFix or top tethers in the third-row of seats so it limits the number of child seats you can install. The 2017 Sorento is a few centimetres longer and wider than the previous model, which would account for the amount of interior cabin, boot space and the legroom. This car is seriously spacious for a seven-seater and we could fit a 184cm driver in front of a rear-facing child seat with a tall passenger in the third row too! The head and shoulder room was the only limiting factor in the third row but the legroom is definitely there.