Most cars sold in Australia feature two ISOFix points for installing child seats in each of the second-row outer seats, but if you are looking for a car or SUV that can accommodate more than two ISOFix baby car seats, then we have made life easier for you with this list of cars with three ISOFix points or in some cases four or even five ISOFix points across the second and third-row seats!
Why might you need more than two ISOFix points? Given the ISOFix weight limit of 33kg including the child seat itself, many parents could well find their oldest child outgrows ISOFix before there is a need to use three or more ISOFix points simultaneously.
Still, there are all sorts of cases (such as multiple births, blended families, family daycare providers) where being able to use three or more ISOFix points at once is useful AND no matter what, being able to choose where in the rear of the car you install your ISOFix baby and child seats can be excellent extra flexibility for unexpected bulky IKEA purchases, grandparent visits or having your children's friends along for the ride.
- Looking for five-seaters that will fit three child seats across?
- Looking for seven-seaters that will take three child seats across?
Below are all the cars BabyDrive has tested in Australia that have three or more ISOFix points in the rear two rows of seats…
The 2021 NEW Kia Sorento ranges from $60,000-$75,000. Available as a seven or eight-seat SUV it has three ISOFix points, two in the outer second-row seats and one in the third-row seats, and five top tether anchorages. In the seven-seat model the second-row seat has captains chairs and a walkway through to the third-row seats. I could fit three child seats in the seven-seat model.
The 2021 NEW Kia Sorento is priced similarly to the current model Kia Carnival, ranging from $46,000-$63,000. This seven-seat SUV 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.
By far the overall winner is the luxury Audi Q7 seven-seat SUV, which ranges in price from $102,000 to $120,000. It has ISOFix and top tether anchorages in all five rear seats, which is awesome for families wanting to fit five child seats in the back or for smaller families wanting the ultimate flexibility for seating positions. We found we could fit three full-size ISOFix child seats across the second-row seats and another two in the third row.
The NEW 2021 Kia Carnival has five ISOFix points and five top tether anchorages. In all three of the individual second-row seats and in the two outer third-row seats. Prices start at $47,000 for the base model S up to $67,000 for the Platinum.
The Kia Carnival may be the most affordable of all these vehicles! Prices start at $43,000 and reach up to around $63,000. It may be the ultimate in family people movers but it only has three ISOFix points, one in each of the outer second-row seats and one in a third-row seat. There are four top tether anchorages too, one on the back of the outer second-row seats and two in the third-row seats, so you can install two child seats using ISOFix with top tether anchorages and two using seatbelt with top tether anchorages.
The Peugeot 5008 is a very stylish and practical family seven-seater SUV ranging in price from $46,000-$55,000. With ISOFix and top tether anchorages in all three second-row rear seats, which also happen to individually slide! This car is awesome for families wanting to fit three child seats across the second-row seats. However, there are no anchorages in the third-row seats.
The Mercedes Benz GLB is affordable for a luxury branded seven-seat SUV, starting at $60,000 and reaching $89,000. It has ISOFix points in four of the five rear seats and top tether anchorages in all five. It is the central second-row seat that has no ISOFix and you need to use the seatbelt.
The BMW X7 is a big luxury seven-seat family SUV. It has four ISOFix points, one in each of the second-row outer seats and one in each of the third-row seats. So you can install four child seats using ISOFix with top tether anchorages and one in the central second-row seats using the seatbelt and top tether anchorage. The X7 has a great mechanism for accessing the third-row seats with forward-facing child seats installed in the second row, meaning I could bring the seatbacks forward and have enough room to climb through to the third row without having to remove a child seat.
The Land Rover Discovery SE is a luxury seven-seat SUV. Prices start at $67,000 and range up to $117,000 and beyond if you choose a lot of options. With ISOFix in four of its five rear seats and top tether anchorages on the back of all five, I found it would accommodate five child seats in the back.
The VW Multivan is a fantastic seven-seater for families, ranging in price from $53,000 up to $84,000. The Multivan has ISOFix points in four out of the five rear seats and top tether anchorages in all five. So you can install four child seats in the outer rear seats using ISOFix with top tether anchorages and one central rear seat using the seatbelt with top tether anchorage. Legroom is fantastic throughout the Multivan and the central walkway goes all the way through from the front seats to the back making access to any row easy (great when it's raining too).
The Toyota Granvia is an eight-seater people mover with ISOFix points and top tether anchorages in four individual rear seats. Ranging in price from $62,000-$75,000 it offers parents a central aisle walkway through from the individual first two rows of seats to the third-row bench seat, which has no top tether anchorages or ISOFix for baby car seats.
This 4WD seven-seater Isuzu MU-X is one of the more affordable ways of getting three ISOFix points as it is priced from $43,000 to $57,000 but it's at the bottom of this list as there is a catch! It has three ISOFix points across the second-row seats and three top tether anchorages too (but no child seat anchorages in the third row). I fitted three child seats across the second-row seats but not using all the ISOFix points simultaneously as there wasn't as much room across the second-row as I thought, so I had to move the outer child seats to the edge of the seat base and use seatbelts with them to free up room for the central child seat (which could in theory then be installed using ISOFix). Perhaps the slimmest ISOfix child seats on the market would fit three across using the ISOFix attachments?