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!!
Here is a list of SUVs with the best legroom for tall front passengers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Mazda CX-9 can hold five big child seats which is great! With two rear-facing child seats in the second row, the front passenger still has 21cm of knee room, which is an impressive amount. In my testing, a 180cm adult could fit comfortably into the driver or front passenger seats with the back filled with child seats! Watch the full review here.
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.
In the Isuzu M-UX, the second-row seats do not slide so the legroom is fixed, but I found a 184cm passenger could easily travel in the front passenger seat, with a massive 31cm knee room when in front of a rear-facing capsule. I am 162cm and I fitted in the third row with a fair amount of headroom and with 20cm of knee room. There are three ISOFix points and three top tethers in the second row and none in the third row. Watch the full review here.
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.
Kia has made this new model Sorento 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 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. Read the full review here.
The Toyota Kluger is a seven-seater with a generous interior space, the second-row seats slide to adjust for legroom and they are split 60:40, so legroom can be well distributed throughout the Kluger. This helps if you are going to use the third row, because if you have a forward facing child seat in the second row then you can slide that seat forward slightly allowing for taller passengers in the third-row seat behind it. In front of a rear facing child seat, you have 29cm of knee room in the front passenger seat. The Kluger has three top tethers and two ISOfix points in the second row of seats and I found could just fit three child seats in the second row. Watch the full review here.
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.
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!
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.