Price is often the deciding factor when purchasing a new car, especially for a family, it is said to be the second biggest purchase after the family home. so naturally you want to make sure it's the right one! I have put together a list of all five-seater cars between $40,000 – $60,000 to help make your decision process a little easier.
- Which five seat SUVs can fit 3 child seats across?
- Which five seat SUVs can fit a person between two child seats?
At the lower end of the price range but a lot of features for the price the Subaru Forester ranges between $40,000 and $46,000. I do like the Forester as a family car, I like the off-road capabilities with the space and safety too. I could fit three child seats in the rear of the Subaru Forester. See the full review here.
The Kia Niro EV is a fantastic sized 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 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.
Costing between $40,000 and $48,000, I found the Subaru Outback a fantastic amount of car for the money. It is especially good for legroom ad boot space and good offload too. I could fit three child seats in the rear of the Subaru Outback. See the full review here.
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.
Costing between $40,000 and $46,000, the Nissan Leaf E+ I such a fun and zippy little electric SUV. I love how light and agile it is around town, no lumbering SUV feel here! It is especially good for legroom ad boot space and good offload too. It fits two child seats in the back and has space for a twin stroller in the boot too! See the full review here.
The 2019 Volvo XC40 is a great family with a really stylish interior and feel and fits two child seats in the back. I could sit between the two child seats and with a rear-facing child seat installed we could fit a 182cm driver in front. The boot was a good size and fits a twin or tandem stroller with shopping bags. You can see my Top 3 family-friendly features and Watch the full review here.
The 2019 Hyundai i30 Fastback N is a fantastic car and surprisingly practical BabyDrive costing between $40,000 and $42,000. I found it had a really practical sized boot for a five seater and fitted two child seats in the back. See the top three family-friendly features of the 2019 Hyundai i30 Fastback N here.
The 2019 Citroen C5 Aircross is a fantastic family car and excellent BabyDrive costing between $40,000 and $44,000. The C5 has three individual seats in the back so it would easily house three child seats across and is packed full of family friendly features! Take a look at the top three family-friendly features of the 2019 Citroen C5 Aircross here.
The Jaguar E-Pace is really nice to drive and surprisingly fits a combination of three child seats in the back. 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. The boot was a good size and fits a twin or tandem stroller with shopping bags. You can see my Top 3 family-friendly features and Watch the full review here.
The Holden Commodore Tourer is a very practical BabyDrive, storage in the boot is fantastic and all sizes of strollers fit with a good amount of shopping. I could fit two child seats in the back with a good amount of legroom and interior storage too. Watch the full review here.
In the Skoda Octavia Wagon, the rear seats are very sculpted so I could only fit two child seats. The Octavia is very practical in terms of its enormous boot space that would hold all types of strollers and there are some nice thoughtful little Skoda features in there like space dividers, a torch, an umbrella etc. See the full review here.
The Subaru Levorg felt both practical for loading up with kids and family equipment as well as a lot of fun for me to drive when out on my own! The boot space is enormous and easily holds twin or tandem strollers with space for shopping or bags too. I could fit two child seats in the back and they are nice and easy to install. See the full review here.
The boot of the 2018 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack Wagon is a really practical size for a family car and holds all types of strollers and we crammed it full on our family weekend getaway! The storage inside the car is very good too. I could only fit two child seats in the back mainly due to seat base shaping. There is a downside to this car and for most Volkswagens that the headrests are not removable in the back so forward facing child seats are pushed forward and the for small occupants this tends to cause head flop. See the full review here.
Considering the Kia Stinger as your family car? Kia describes the Stinger as ‘The family sports sedan with five doors’. The Stinger gets a big tick for boot space, it fits twin and tandem strollers with shopping bags too and fits two child seats in the back but that low roofline makes the back feel claustrophobic and dark and the putting little kids in and out of their child seats is a headbanger! See the full review here.
Is the Skoda Superb a good family car? The strollers all fit really easily into the nice big, open boot space and there are lots of little Skoda features like boot dividers and hammock storage net. Interior space is excellent, and the Superb is especially good for tall drivers in front of rear-facing child seats. I fitted two child seats in the back as the seat base is quite sculpted. See the full review here.
The BMW X2 is a compact and functional little SUV, the interior storage is all very practically sized. The boot floor can be dropped down to give extra depth which would help with tandem strollers. The boot space is surprising and it held a twin stroller with some shopping bags too. In the rear seats, I could fit two child seats but could not sit between them. See the full review here.
The VW Tiguan is a fantastic family car! In fact, it is one of my Top 5 family-cars of 2018! It fits all sizes of strollers I tested with shopping too. Storage inside the Tiguan is excellent with tray tables in the back and a glasses case for four pairs! I could fit three child seats in the back or two more comfortably w=and I could sit between them. The cruise control and media screen are also very good too. My one negative is the front seats are pretty uncomfortable! See the full review here.
The Audi Q2 has a compact interior, legroom is a problem especially if you have rear-facing child seats, I could only just sit in front of one and I'm 162cm. This space has been stolen by the boot! Where the storage is surprisingly good and the floor can be dropped down to give extra depth. The Audi Q2 is an excellent drive and is designed more for after you have dropped the kids off! See the full review here.