Finding a family car that can cater for child seats should be pretty easy. But finding a car which has multiple Isofix mounts and which can fit three child car seats safely (and legally) can prove to be a bit of a challenge – doubly so if you want to put all the little ones in the 2nd row, side-by-side, and keep the front passenger seat spare. So, here’s our round-up of the best cars capable of taking 3 child seats in the cabin.
What Are Isofix Mounts & How Do They Work?
Isofix was first introduced in 1997 and is now mandatory for all new cars built since 2013. It is a system of mounting child seats which creates a solid connection between the seat and the car – ensuring greater safety. The points have a metal anchor built into the chassis of the car, which the Isofix seat hooks onto and that secures it into place.
Is Isofix Safer Than A Seatbelt?
A study by the German Insurance Association showed that over 70% of children's car seats were regularly installed wrongly when only a seat belt was used, but 96% are installed correctly when an ISOFIX system is used.
Are There Any Legal Requirements To Consider?
Yes. The government website outlines the legal requirements which you must follow in order to seat your children in a car safely. For the smallest members of the family, up to 13kg you need to ensure they’re in a rear facing baby seat with a harness then progressing to front facing up to 18kg.
Older children must use a car seat and wear a seat belt, until they are 12 years old or 135cm tall, whichever comes first.
Below we’ve got our picks of the best cars with three isofix points in total and the best choices with three isofix points all in the rear. There is a huge amount to consider when it comes to choosing a family car beyond seating, so we’ve put together a comprehensive guide on choosing the right motor for your needs.
The Best Cars With Three Isofix Points
The 5-seater Peugeot 3008 is one of the best crossover SUVs on the market and a popular choice of family car for most buyers. It has 2 Isofix points which can hold 2 child seats in the rear of the car, and then there’s another 1 in the front passenger seat. You’re also treated to a 520-litre boot and if that’s not enough room, it extends to a whopping 1670 litres with the rear seats dropped. Perfect for those family holidays and trips to Ikea.
It's the supersized version of the MINI Hatchback, but has enough room for your family and everything that comes with them. The Countryman has 2 sets of Isofix points at the back of the car and another 1 in the front passenger seat. It may seem small but the Countryman has 5 doors, so is easily accessible and has a large boot space too.
Tesla Model S
If your average people carrier won’t do, you might be surprised to find that the Tesla Model S is shockingly spacious, and can easily accommodate you and your little ones. This stylish all-electric car has top-tether anchorages across all 3 rear seats, although the Isofix base points are only on the outer 2 seats. You can therefore get 3 child seats in the back of the Tesla, providing you have the right fixings for each of the positions.
Does a small car take your fancy? How about one which is planet-friendly? Would you believe, the Renault Zoe has 3 Isofix mounting points? You have 2 in the back and 1 in the front, plus it has a 5-star Euro NCAP crash safety rating too. What more could you ask for from a small car? Great value? Well, as luck would have it, it's also one of the most affordable electric cars in the UK.
Cars With Three Isofix Rear Seats
Now, it might not be the most stylish car to go about town in. But if you’re looking to fit all 3 kids in the car without making use of the front passenger seat, the Citroen Berlingo might be for you. This MPV boasts the ability to fit 3 child seats in the rear (middle row on 7-seater versions), with each individual seat fitted with Isofix points. This is a great car for family days out too, as it features a large boot with multiple storage compartments.
The Q7 ticks all the boxes when looking for a suitable family car without compromising on luxury. This SUV has 7 seats, with 5 Isofix points in every rear-seating position. The 2nd row is wide enough to take 3 seats, but you might want to give the kids a little extra room by sitting one in the 3rd row - and (hopefully) avoiding the in-car bickering as a result.
This wouldn’t be a lowdown on the best car for a family without looking at the classic Ford people carrier. The Galaxy is zero-hassle, a 7-seat MPV which allows you to load all 3 kids and their seats in the middle row with ease (and without breaking your back). The rear doors open wide, which will grant you access to the middle-row seats easily, and the seats even slide individually for extra legroom for growing children.
Land Rover Discovery
We’re sure the Land Rover Discovery isn’t a surprise when looking at cars which can accommodate safe seating for 3 children. Brilliant for larger families, the Land Rover Discovery has 7 seats in total, 5 of which have full Isofix points. You can use the front passenger seat, the outer 2 chairs in the 2nd row and then both the seats in the 3rd row to mount a child-supporting safety system.
If safety and space is a top priority for you when looking for a new car, say hello to the Volkswagen Touran. This compact MPV features 9 airbags and 5 Isofix points on all of its rear seating, spread across the 2nd and 3rd rows of the car. Access is great too, thanks to doors that open wide so you can safely secure the kids in the Touran with minimal effort.
Affordability is key when raising a family and if a roomy 7-seater is what you need, take a look at the Kia Sorento. A total of 4 of the Kia’s seats come with Isofix mounts (2 on the 3rd row and 2 on the outer seats on the middle row), plus you still have an additional 3 seats for other occupants to sit in.