Which car for three child seats?

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Which are the best cars to take three child seats in the back passenger seat?  Or which car seats will fit three in a row in a standard car?
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  • photome
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    Have you done a Google search, there a few listed but not many, what is your budget? The AudiQ7 seems to top the list
  • mluton
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    Citroen Picasso's of all generations have 3 full size seats in the rear.
  • baser999
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    edited 5 January at 11:48AM
    My son bought a Skoda Kodiaq for the rear space - huge legroom and I reckon it could take three seats, subject to how big they are as some seem enormous these days. Your other option is something with three rows of seating, depending of course how old your children are and whether you’d want one sitting back there?
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    baser999 said:
    My son bought a Skoda Kodiaq for the rear space - huge legroom and I reckon it could take three seats, subject to how big they are as some seem enormous these days. Your other option is something with three rows of seating, depending of course how old your children are and whether you’d want one sitting back there?
    Kodiaq only has isofix for 2 seats on the second row.  The Picasso is a good shout as that has isofix for 3
  • sevenhills
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    Have you thought about buying a seven-seater, such as a Zafira?
  • I've had experience of this. It would be much cheaper to buy the seats to fit the car. Child seats come in all sizes. Unless you have triplets all under one year old you should be able to fit in a standard 3 seat bench of Ford Focus, vw golf size.
  • bluelad1927
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    Idlook at getting a family car  and not necessarily a 'big' car. We replaced a Toyota Verso with a Volvo XC60 but the available space was more useable in the smaller Toyota together with things like fold down trays. A flat tailgate while not so nice looking also gave better use of the boot.
  • sevenhills
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    I've had experience of this. It would be much cheaper to buy the seats to fit the car. Child seats come in all sizes. Unless you have triplets all under one year old you should be able to fit in a standard 3 seat bench of Ford Focus, vw golf size.

    Unexpected journeys

    If the correct child car seat isn’t available, a child aged 3 or older can use an adult seat belt if the journey is all of the following: unexpected, necessary, over a short distance.

    You can’t take children under 3 on an unexpected journey in a vehicle without the correct child car seat, unless both of the following apply:

    • it’s a licensed taxi or minicab
    • the child travels on a rear seat without a seat belt

    No room for a third child car seat

    Children under 3 must be in a child car seat. If there’s no room for a third child car seat in the back of the vehicle, the child must travel in the front seat with the correct child car seat.

    Children aged 3 or older can sit in the back using an adult belt.

    https://www.gov.uk/child-car-seats-the-rules/when-a-child-can-travel-without-a-car-seat



  • baser999
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    edited 5 January at 6:50PM
    Have you thought about buying a seven-seater, such as a Zafira?
    Subject to budget and depending upon what else you might want to use the vehicle for, there’s always vehicles such as the Mercedes Vito, VW Caravelle/Transporter, Citroen SpaceTourer
  • daivid
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    edited 5 January at 9:05PM
    166 said:
    Which are the best cars to take three child seats in the back passenger seat?  Or which car seats will fit three in a row in a standard car?
    It does depend on what child seats you want to fit. So far as I know there is no car that takes 3 baby seats or 3 extended rear facing seats in one row - though there are specialist 'bench' options (where a unit comprised of 3 infant/child seats is fitted across the back seats). 3 high back boosters can easily fit in a row and a combination of boosters and full on infant seats may work depending on the car.
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