5 Seat Cars that Fit 3 Child Seats Across the Back Row

image for 5 Seat Cars that Fit 3 Child Seats Across the Back Row If you have a large and growing family, finding a five-seat car that can fit three child seats across the back row isn’t just a bonus, it’s a necessity. 

To make things more problematic, your typical car review might mention ISOFIX anchors in the practicality section, but will often fail to mention whether or not the cabin is wide enough to fit a trio of child seats across the back row. 

To take the pain out of your search, we’ve put together a list of Australia’s best family cars that can fit three child seats across the back row, so jump in and let’s discover the most family-friendly five-seat platforms out there on the market.

5 Seat Cars That Can Fit 3 Child Seats Across the Back Row 

Isuzu MU-X

Isuzu’s fan-favourite MU-X isn’t just a great value proposition for families looking for a practical package that can confidently head off-road, it absolutely excels when put under the pressure of a growing family. 

The rear bench seat inside the MU-X has been designed to accommodate three ISOFIX anchors and top tether mounts, making it a great option for families with young children that still want to head into the Great Outdoors. 

Hyundai i30 Sedan

The Hyundai i30 Sedan is a great reminder for buyers out there that all your space, practicality and family-friendly needs can be met in the sedan body shape, which has become overshadowed by SUVs in recent years. 

The rear seats in the i30 Sedan are comfortable for adults and kids alike, and offer a huge amount of width for bulky child seats. With two ISOFIX anchors either side and three top tether mounts, the i30 Sedan has no trouble accommodating child seats while maintaining a heap of room for the driver and front passenger. 

Subaru Outback 

On a similar note, Subaru’s iconic Outback is another five-seat car that has no trouble accommodating three child seats in the rear, thanks to its spacious platform and clever interior design.

The Outback features two ISOFIX anchors on each side of the cabin, while the addition of three top tether mounts allows you to squeeze a rear-facing child seat in the middle of the cabin. While it might be a tight squeeze in the second row, driver and front passenger comfort are not compromised thanks to the Outback’s length, offering a comfortable driving position even with three child seats fitted. 

Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai has recently updated the Tucson alongside its sister under the skin, the Kia Sportage. Thankfully, this update was more than skin-deep, offering a heap more space and practicality inside the cabin, which was already impressive when it came to accommodating children. 

In the rear of the Tucson you’ll find a bench seat with ISOFIX anchors either side of the cabin, with three top tether mounts across the rear seats, making it perfect for the task of transporting three kids without the need for a third row of seats. 

Volkswagen Touareg

It’s worth noting that while the mid-size Volkswagen Tiguan is perfectly capable of fitting three child seats across the rear bench seat, the amount of added space inside the Tourareg’s platform makes it perfect for the task. 

This added space means that the driver and front passenger can retain their legroom, while the two ISOFIX mounts either side of the cabin and three top tether points offer a flexible cabin that can easily transport three child seats. 

Toyota RAV4

Toyota’s RAV4 has, for years now, led the midsize SUV pack in terms of value, and family-friendly interior space and comfort. In its latest generation, the RAV4 offers even more interior space in the second row of the cabin, making it perfect for family duties. 

In the rear of the RAV4’s cabin you’ll find just enough space to accommodate three child seats, with a pair of ISOFIX anchors on the outside and three top tether mounts behind the second row. 

Mazda 6

The Mazda 6 is an excellent car when it comes to meeting the needs of a growing family thanks to its wide, spacious cabin that is perfect for accommodating child seats, however, this doesn’t apply for the wagon variant. 

In the sedan, though, you’ll find ISOFIX anchors on either side of the second row, with three top tether points for rear-facing child seats. Better still, the large sedan platform means the driver and front passenger don’t need to sacrifice their legroom with a full cabin. 

Toyota Camry

In much the same way, the Camry is a welcomed reminder for buyers not too keen on purchasing an SUV that your needs can still be met by a sedan. 

Widely used as taxis here in Australia and around the globe, the Camry offers a heap of room in the second row of the cabin, which lends itself perfectly to the task of moving three child seats. With easy access to the second row, you can install three seats with the two ISOFIX mounts and three top tether points that are perfect for rear-facing child seats. 

Kia Sportage 

The Hyundai Tucson’s twin, the Kia Sportage, remains a great option for growing families looking for an affordable SUV. With two ISOFIX anchors on each of the outside seats and three top tether mounts across the bench seat, the Sportage can comfortably transport three children without breaking a sweat. 

The updated cabin can also accommodate three child seats without impacting space and comfort in the front of the cabin, making it a great option for anyone looking to take some long-distance road trips. 

Mazda CX-5

At least part of the Mazda CX-5’s success in recent years is down to its family-friendly practicality, which offers enough space to accommodate three child seats in the second row. 

While it might be a tighter squeeze than some other entrants on our list, the CX-5 features a pair of ISOFIX mounts and three top tether anchors across the seatback, allowing you to install three child seats across the back row. 

Haval H2

Taking the honours of Australia’s most affordable midsize SUV, the Haval H2 has been designed with family-friendly practicality in addition to its modest price tag. 

The rear of the H2’s cabin is able to accommodate three child seats with its set of ISOFIX mounts and top tether points, although you might struggle with some of the larger child seats on the market, because the H2’s cabin doesn’t offer the same width as some key rivals. The same applies to the driver and front passenger who might need to sacrifice some legroom to accommodate larger child seats.

Toyota Corolla

We’ll wrap up our list with a surprise entrant to the world of family-friendly and extremely affordable motoring, the humble Toyota Corolla. 

While it might be fairly cramped back there, the Corolla is an important reminder to budget-conscious buyers out there that you don’t need to purchase a huge SUV or sedan to comfortably accommodate you and your growing family.

With three top tether mounts and a pair of ISOFIX anchors on either side of the second row, the Corolla is one of the safest bets when it comes to safe, comfortable and affordable motoring for you and your growing family. 

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