Only half of the cars claiming to fit three child car seats can actually fit them in

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 Audi Q7 Yes Yes No
SUV BMW X5 No Yes No
SUV Honda CR-V No No Yes
SUV Land Rover Discovery No Yes No
SUV Nissan X-Trail No No Yes
SUV Peugeot 5008 No No Yes
SUV Skoda Kodiaq No No Yes
SUV Volvo XC90 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
MPV Ford S-Max No No Yes
MPV SEAT Alhambra Yes Yes No
MPV VW Touran Yes No No
Hatchback Audi A5 Sportback No No Yes
Estate Skoda Superb No No Yes

26th March, 2018

Author: Geraldine Herbert

Contributing Editor and Motoring Columnist for the Sunday Independent and editor of wheelsforwomen. Geraldine is also a regular contributor to Good Housekeeping (UK) and to RTÉ Radio One, Newstalk, TodayFM and BBC Radio. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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