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Which cars will fit three child seats in the back?

Got a motoring question or looking for some advice? We’re here to help.

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THIS WEEK, a reader asks: Are there any five-seat cars that will fit three child seats across the back?

The answer:

It seems to be awfully difficult to get three child seats across one row of seats.

It also depends on the type of child seat, and their size and configuration. Are they three forward facing seats, all rear facing seats, all booster seats or a mixture?

You need to look for a car that has a flat bench or three individual seats in the back.

The Peugeot 308 SW might be a good option. It is the estate version of the regular 308 – very spacious and practical, with two three-point ISOFIX fittings for child seats.

Two of the three anchor points are at the back of the seat cushion and the third is on the rear shelf. So you may get a booster seat and two child seats across the back. However, the previous generation 308 SW has three ISOFIX  seats as standard and four ISOFIX  seats from Active trim up.

Source: Opel Media

The Opel Insignia Sports Tourer may also fit your requirements, as it has ISOFIX child seat mounting points for all three rear seats. This is the estate version of the regular Opel Insignia. It offers a large boot, good interior space and is a good alternative to an MPV.

The Volvo V60 Cross Country may take two child seats and a booster seat as it can fit two forward facing child seats and an adult in back. The Volvo V60 Cross Country is refined, comfortable and practical and has a high build quality.

Another option is the Renault Scenic, which has three individual seats in the back each with ISOFIX points. Or try out the Citroen C4 Picasso, which also has three ISOFIX mounting points across the back row. The new Ford Edge can fit two ISOFIX child seats and a booster seat across the back row.

Best thing to do is to take your child seats with you when you check out the cars and see which cars will work for you.

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