Five Seat Cars that Fit 3 Child Seats Across the Back Row 2024

By Alexi Falson on 05 Jun 2024
image for Five Seat Cars that Fit 3 Child Seats Across the Back Row 2024 When it comes to moving a large family with young ones, finding a car that can fit three child seats across the back row is a top priority.

Due to size limitations, though, not all vehicles can accommodate three child seats in the back row, which makes finding a family-friendly package a bit tricky.

Thankfully, we’ve done the research, and present you with our list of the best five-seat cars that can safely and securely fit three child seats across the back row.

Mazda 6

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The Mazda 6 sedan and wagon range are a great option for growing families, with sleek looks inside and out proving that family-friendly motoring doesn’t need to be boring.

Inside, the Mazda 6’s cabin looks fantastic for the price, while its wide stature, ISOFIX anchors and top tether mounts mean you won’t have an issue fitting three child seats across the rear bench.

Hyundai Tucson

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The Tucson is designed with families in mind, and in this respect, it doesn’t disappoint.

Atop its impressive value proposition, the Tucson’s cabin is spacious enough to accommodate a trio of child seats and offers enough legroom for taller drivers to sit comfortably, even with a rear-facing child seat in place.


2024 mg hs

MG’s midsize SUV package ticks a number of boxes for families on a budget, with a long warranty, generous features list and a decent amount of interior space cementing its spot as a go-to family SUV.

In the rear of the MG HS, there’s enough width for three child seats to fit with the pair of ISOFIX anchors and three top tether mounts.

Mitsubishi Outlander

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Available in both five- and seven-seat layouts, the two-row Outlander is a great midsize SUV package for any growing family.

Backed by Australia’s longest warranty, Mitsubishi’s very reasonable prices and large platform for the Outlander bolster its appeal within the family segment, with enough cabin space to swallow up a trio of child seats in the second row.


2024 bmw x5

Family buyers looking for a premium, European SUV experience will not be disappointed by the almighty X5’s luxurious design and practical interior layout.

It’s packed to the brim with technology and luxurious touches, has exceptional on-road manners and has a wide, spacious cabin that can accommodate three child seats across the rear bench seat.

Subaru Forester

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Subaru’s adventure-ready midsize SUV is a heavy-hitter when it comes to interior space, visibility and confidence on the road thanks to its all-wheel-drive system.

Inside, the Forester’s cabin has excellent headroom and gives you a great view over your surroundings, with healthy boot space and a wide cabin that allows you to install three child seats across the rear bench.

Toyota RAV4

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It’s one of the most recognisable names in the midsize SUV segment, with the RAV4’s practicality among its key selling points.

The RAV4 is smooth on the road, easy to drive around town and offers an impressive amount of interior space that means families won’t have a problem fitting three child seats across the second row.

Nissan X-Trail

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The Nissan X-Trail does not drop the ball when put under the family test, with the company’s updated design offering more interior space than ever before.

This means things are spacious and practical for parents in the front of the cabin, while the rear bench seat offers enough width for three people to sit side-by-side and, accommodate a trio of child seats when needed.

Audi Q5

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Audi’s Q5 range is a great option for buyers looking for a more premium take on the classic midsize SUV platform, with its luxurious interior and feature-packed equipment list making it a strong contender for families.

The Q5’s cabin not only looks great, it offers a tonne of space for growing families and more than enough width across the second row for a range of forward and rear-facing child seats without impacting legroom up front.

Genesis GV70

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The Genesis GV70 range is an under-appreciated gem in the luxury midsize SUV segment, proving you don’t have to call on the Europeans to get a slice of the good life.

Inside, the Genesis GV70’s interior is teeming with luxurious finishes and high-tech features, while the spacious cabin is not phased when tasked with accommodating three child seats across the rear seats.

Kia Sportage

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Kia has knocked it out of the park with the latest Sportage range, with its impressive value proposition backed by great on-road manners and a wide range of options for different budgets.

Step inside and there’s a host of practical touches in the front of the cabin that will be welcomed by any parent, while the second row offers great legroom and enough width to swallow up a trio of child seats.

GWM Haval H6

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The GWM Haval H6 range gives family buyers looking for a midsize SUV some serious food for thought.

It’s one of the best value options in the segment and one that doesn’t disappoint in terms of rear legroom and space across the rear bench seat for child seats, proving itself as a great family SUV package packed with features and backed by a long warranty.

Mazda CX-5

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The Mazda CX-5 is one of Australia’s favourite family cars - and there’s good reason for it.

Behind the wheel, the CX-5 feels great, remaining smooth and easy to drive around town and on the highway, alike. While it’s not a leader in the segment for legroom, there’s enough width in the rear of the CX-5’s cabin to accommodate three forward and rear-facing child seats, with the design itself looking fantastic.

Hyundai IONIQ 5

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Hyundai has made waves with its futuristic IONIQ 5 battery-electric SUV, with its unique architecture lending itself nicely to the purpose of family-friendly practicality.

Aside from the fact its silent powertrain helps to keep your kids asleep on a drive, the IONIQ 5’s spacious interior can comfortably fit three child seats across the rear bench, with the flat floor making installation a simple process.

Volkswagen Touareg

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Our list wraps up with the large, luxurious and ultra-practical Volkswagen Touareg, a five-seat SUV that over-delivers on interior space.

Thanks to a long wheelbase platform, there’s acres of interior space inside the Touareg, with its large footprint extending to the wide cabin that means it can easy handle the task of transporting three child seats across the second row.

What Makes a Car Good For Fitting Three Child Seats?

Aside from the obvious necessity of ISOFIX anchors and three top tether mounts, there’s one important factor that separates the good from the great when it comes to fitting three child seats in the second row.

The width of the cabin is one of the most important considerations, here, allowing you to fit a wide range of child seats atop the rear bench.

The angle of the seats themselves is also important, with some of the sharper angles proving difficult to accommodate - the flatter the bench, the easier it will be to fix and remove bulky, heavier child seats.

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Alexi Falson

Alexi is an automotive journalist and road tester hailing from Byron Bay. He has an affection for both cars and motorbikes, a great admiration for the simplicity of old-school engineering, and a fascination of new technology making its way to modern cars. When he's not road testing, you'll find him surfing, hiking or helping people find their dream cars.

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