Family-friendly car designs have been a priority for many manufacturers for quite some time now, with a large number of new cars available that can squeeze in three child seats across the back road.
Since their creation, cars have always been a family chariot tasked with school runs, shopping trips and long-distance holiday road trips.
As a result, many midsize cars and SUVs feature clever designs that allow you to install three child seats across the second row - but you’ve got to know where to look.
With that in mind, let’s take a close look at a range of five-seat SUVs, sedans, hatchbacks and wagons that can fit three child seats across the second row for all the growing families out there.
Honda’s iconic CR-V has long been a go-to option for those looking for a practical, safe and reliable family SUV.
With Honda well aware of the CR-V’s reputation with families, the company has stuck by its rear seat design that features three ISOFIX anchors and top tether mounts in five-seat variants, while seven-seat CR-Vs can actually fit five child seats in the cabin.
For buyers looking for a more premium take on the family SUV, the Lexus NX is a fantastic option that allows you to mount two child seats with the ISOFIX anchors on the outer seats, paired with three top tether mounts that allow you to utilise the middle seat.
Hyundai’s redesign for the i30 sedan has made an already impressive family car even more practical and accessible for Aussie families.
Atop a generous amount of space in the second row, there’s a pair of ISOFIX anchors on either side of the cabin, with three top tether mounts to fit a booster seat in the middle.
The Suzuki Vitara has a large, spacious cabin for the segment with a tonne of headroom that adds to the practicality of the package.
The rear seats pick up two ISOFIX points paired with a trio of top tether mounts behind the seats.
For SUV buyers looking for some French flare, the Renault Koleos offers an extremely comfortable driving nature and a large, practical cabin that can eat up three child seats across the back row thanks to a pair of ISOFIX anchors and three top-tether mounts.
Hyundai’s futuristic battery-electric crossover SUV, the Ioniq 5, features a radically new design from the company that offers a particularly comfortable and practical cabin.
The Ioniq 5 can fit three child seats across the back row thanks to its pair of ISOFIX anchors, three top tether mounts and enough width in the cabin to accommodate the right child seats.
Volkswagen’s largest SUV package, the Touareg, offers family buyers a super comfortable and stylish interior design that has more than enough space to fit three child seats across the back row.
The added benefit of the large platform is the driver and front passenger don’t need to sacrifice any legroom to accommodate a child seat.
Mitsubishi’s Outlander is available in both five- and seven-seat variants for family buyers, with the five-seater eating up three child seats in the second row without breaking a sweat.
The second row of the Outlander receives two ISOFIX anchors alongside three top tether mounts and enough width in the cabin to squeeze in three seats.
The Citroen C5 Aircross features a second row that picks up three identical-looking seats, rather than the standard two plus an awkward space in the middle with a typical bench seat design.
The end result is a midsize SUV package that has no problem accommodating three child seats across the back row.
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Buyers looking for a premium SUV package will be pleased to know that the Jaguar F-Pace has no trouble in accommodating three child seats in the second row thanks to its wide cabin design, ISOFIX anchors and three top tether mounts.
While it might be a compact SUV, Kia’s clever interior packaging for the latest Seltos has allowed it to accommodate three child seats thanks to a pair of ISOFIX anchors and three top tether mounts behind the seatbacks.
While it might be one of Toyota’s smaller packages, the Corolla offers just enough cabin space to squeeze in three child seats in the second row, so long as those in the front can sacrifice some legroom.
Subaru’s adventurous SUV alternative, the Outback, has a generous rear cabin design that features two ISOFIX anchors and three top tether mounts and enough width to accommodate a trio of child seats in the rear.
BMW’s luxurious SUV package is a great place to sit, both in the front and rear of the cabin which picks up a huge list of premium touches to keep the family comfortable and happy.
The second row has acres of leg and headroom and offers enough spare real estate to fit three child seats thanks to its ISOFIX mounts and top tether points without a problem.
For those that love how Mazda’s sedans and wagons look, drive and feel on the inside, you’ll be pleased to know the Mazda6 is more family-friendly than you might expect.
In total, the Mazda6 can - with a bit of a squeeze - accommodate three child seats thanks to the wide cabin design and its ISOFIX anchors and top tether points.
With access to the right seats, you can indeed fit three child seats in the rear of the Suzuki S-Cross’ cabin, making it impressively family-friendly thanks to easily-accessible ISOFIX anchors and three top tether points.
The Mazda CX-5 is one of Australia’s favourite midsize family SUV packages, and the company is sticking by the practicality of the package with a large cabin that can swallow up three child seats without a fuss.
The Hyundai Tucson has been given a major update in recent years, and the end result has made an already impressive family-car even more practical.
The second row features two ISOFIX anchors on each side of the cabin, joined by three top tether points and enough width in the cabin to accommodate three child seats in the five-seat SUV.
Twin under the skin to the Hyundai Tucson, the Kia Sportage is a great option for family buyers looking to install three child seats in the second row of the cabin, and with a heap of choices across different price points, it’s accessible for Aussie families, too.