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One of the main considerations I have found since having our daughter and testing cars is the lack of legroom in the front once you install child seats in the back. Rear-facing child seats especially take up a lot of room and I've found that although forward-facing child seats use less room, you still need to allow quite a bit of space for the kiddies' legs and feet, especially if you don't want to be kicked in the back constantly!!

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Here is a list of SUVs with the best legroom for tall front passengers in front of the child seats used in BabyDrive testing:


2021 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

The New Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has been made 14cm longer! Which has the obvious benefit of more legroom, which is fantastic news for taller families. We could a 186cm driver in front of a rear-facing child seat or taller in the front passenger seat. See our top3 family friendly features of the new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross and watch the full review here.


2021 Toyota Kluger Hybrid Grande

Toyota Kluger

The New Toyota Kluger is a seven-seater with a generous amount of interior space, with good third-row access too and legroom is quite good throughout the New Kluger and we found I could sit in the third-row seats with a rear-facing child seat in the second-row with a 180cm driver or taller in the front passenger seat. Watch the full review here.


Isuzu MU-X

The Isuzu MU-X is a great seven-seat option for taller families, we could fit a 186cm passenger in the third-row, a rear-facing child seat in the second-row and a 186cm driver in front. You can see my Top 3 family-friendly features of the MU-X and Watch the full review here.


2021 Haval H6 Lux

Haval H6 Lux

The Haval H6 is a great option for taller families as legroom is really good, we could fit a 186cm driver in front of a rear-facing Infasecure Attain More child seat and an even taller person on the passenger side of the car. You can see my Top 3 family-friendly features and Watch the full review here.


Renault Koleos Intens 2020 family car review

Renault Koleos

The Renault Koleos legroom is VERY impressive! With a rear-facing child seat installed we could put the driver's seat in it's furthest back position and fit a 186cm driver in the front. You can see my Top 3 family-friendly features and Watch the full review here.


2021 Subaru Outback

Subaru Outback

Space is something the Subaru Outback does really well. In front of a rear-facing child seat we could fit a 182cm passenger and in front of a forward-facing child seat, we could fit a 184cm+ driver. You can see my Top 3 family-friendly features and Watch the full review here.


Mazda CX-9

Legroom in the Mazda CX-9 is good, we could fit a 180cm third-row passenger, a rear facing child seat in the second-row and a 180cm driver in front. You can see my Top 3 family-friendly features and Watch the full review here.


2021 VOLVO XC40 PHEV

Volvo XC40

Legroom is good in the Volvo XC40, with a rear-facing child seat installed we could fit a 182cm driver in front. You can see my Top 3 family-friendly features and Watch the full review here.


Honda CR-V (five-seat version)

In the five-seat Honda CR-V, you can have the front seats in their furthest back positions with rear-facing child seats installed behind them, which is unusual. As well as having room for three child seats in the back, the CR-V's boot space is also fantastic so Honda hasn't pinched the space from anywhere else! There is so much legroom in this car! I think any size driver or passenger could sit in front of the rear facing child seat without any problems! Read the full review here.


Subaru Forester

With two rear-facing child seats installed in the back of the Subaru Forester, the legroom was still really good in the front and a 184cm passenger could still sit in front of them. Watch the full review here.


Kia Sorento

The New Kia Sorento is a few centimetres longer and wider than the previous model which would account for the amount of interior cabin and boot space and the legroom. This car is seriously spacious for a seven-seater and we could fit a 186cm 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. Read the full review here.


Nissan X-Trail Ti 2018

Nissan X-Trail (five-seat version)

Legroom is not a problem in the five-seat Nissan X-Trail Ti, unlike the seven-seater ST-L model. The second row of seats slide backwards and forwards to adjust for legroom and their backrest angle can be reclined. This was great for carrying taller passengers in the front, as they had 28cm of knee room with rear-facing child seat installed behind them! Watch the full review here.


Nissan Pathfinder

Legroom is very good in the Nissan Pathfinder. The second-row seats are split 60:40 and both sides slide to adjust the legroom. I found I could sit in the third row comfortably (I'm 162cm) with a rear-facing child seat in the second row (and the second-row seat in the furthest back position) and the driver's seat still had plenty of room for most size drivers. The Pathfinder has four top tethers and I could fit four child seats. Watch the full review here.


Mazda CX-8

The Mazda CX-8 is a seven-seater with five top tether points, I could install five big child seats in it which is FANTASTIC!! 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! Watch the full review here.


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Toyota LandCruiser Prado

The second-row seats in a Toyota Prado slide to adjust the distribution of legroom and we found a 184cm adult could sit behind ‘themselves' in each row of seats with just enough legroom. Read the full review here.


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2018 Range Rover Velar

In the Range Rover Velar not only is there plenty of room in the back for three child seats across the back row with the two outer ones installed using ISOFix, with rear-facing child-seats installed in the back there is still room for 182cm passengers in the front. Watch the full review here.


HOLDEN EQUINOX 2019 review

Holden Equinox

I could fit two child seats in the back of the Holden Equinox and with a rear-facing child seat installed behind the driver's seat, there was plenty of legroom for a 180cm driver to sit in front of it. Read the full review here.


Lexus LX (five-seat LX450D version)

I tested the five-seater Lexus LX450D, which fitted three child seats really well in the back. The second row of seats slides to adjust legroom distribution and with a rear-facing Britax Graphene installed, I had 25cm of knee room in the front passenger seat which was enough for a 162cm passenger. Watch the full review here.


Infiniti QX80

Infiniti QX80

In the Infiniti QX80 has four top tethers and I was able to install four big child seats. There is plenty of room for three child seats across the second row with the two outer ones attached using ISOFix. The second row of seats doesn't slide to adjust legroom distribution, which is a shame because even though there is an abundance of legroom in the first and second rows (30cm in the front passenger in front of a rear-facing child seat and enough legroom for me at 162cm tall in the third row), it would have been great to have the flexibility of a sliding second row! I would have expected for a car in this price range for all these practicalities to have been considered!

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