Looking for a car that fits 3 car seats? Beware of car manufactures claims is the advice from What Car writes Geraldine Herbert
Only half of the cars claiming to accommodate three child car seats at once can actually fit them in, according to new research by What Car?
By law, children must use car seats – whether secured by seatbelts or Isofix brackets – until they are 150cms in height or 36kgs (79lbs), meaning that the size and type of child car seats used for three children can vary considerably in size and style.
Despite being the fastest-growing family car sector, only one of the eight SUVs tested by What Car? – the Audi Q7– was able to fit three child car seats across a single row of seats. Four of the SUVs tested couldn’t fit in three seats at once in any configuration.
The MPV category proved to be the best performer, with four of the six seven-seat cars tested able to accommodate three car seats across the middle row. A hatchback and an estate with three Isofix points across their second seating row were also tested – neither were able to fit in three car seats side-by-side.
Table showing What Car? child car seat fitting results
|Sector||Car||Can fit three across single row||Can fit three across two rows||Can fit only two child car seats|
|SUV||Land Rover Discovery||No||Yes||No|
|MPV||Renault Grand Scenic||No||No||Yes|
|MPV||Vauxhall Zafira Tourer||Yes||Yes (but no Isofix points)||No|
|MPV||Citroen Grand C4 Spacetourer||Yes||Yes (but no Isofix points)||No|
|Hatchback||Audi A5 Sportback||No||No||Yes|
26th March, 2018