In the past, child seats would be secured using the car’s seat belts. This not only made them a bit of a faff to install but meant the child seat wasn’t locked to the car so, in the event of a collision or a poorly installed seat, it wouldn’t provide as much protection as intended.
Isofix makes this process much safer and easier with simple clips that mount to the car, often between the rear seat backs and seat base. If you’re looking for a great car that’ll carry your offspring in safety, read on to discover our top 10. Don’t forget, you can pop any of these cars in our car configurator to see the potential discounts.
Citroen Grand C4 Picasso
The Citroen C4 Picasso is a great car and has taken home many prestigious awards since it was launched back in 2013. The ‘Grand’ version is even more practical thanks to the third row of seats.
One of the most impressive aspects of the Grand C4 Picasso is that the second row of seats are all individual, meaning you can slide them forwards and backwards independently of one another. Each of these seats has Isofix mounting points, meaning you can get three separate child seats on the middle row.
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Peugeot 308 SW
The added length makes the 308 SW a very practical choice – its boot measures 660 litres with the seats up and 1,775 litres with the seats folded. It rides smoothly on smaller wheels and its cabin is very well constructed from high quality materials.
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The Ford S-Max offers enormous practicality coupled with an entertaining driving experience. You can take the kids to school on Monday morning then race to work with a huge smile on your face. New updates to the S-Max for 2015 haven’t dented its appeal one bit.
A choice of economical diesel and petrol enignes are on offer as well as lots of safety tech to keep you safe in the event of an accident. Like the two cars above, the S-Max has three Isofix mounting points on the second row.
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With smart styling, impeccable German build quality and excellent practicality, the SEAT Alhambra is one of the best seven-seater MPVs. With up to 2,297 litres of boot space, optional sliding rear doors and a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating, it’s a great choice for large families in need of wheels.
It’s very child-friendly too with three Isofix mounting points on second row seats. Even the rear-most seats are fairly accommodating – adults could sit in them on relatively long journeys without too many complaints. It’s a very comfortable car and, while not as fun to drive as the Ford S-Max, it’s very stable on the motorway.
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Renault Grand Scenic
Renault has a good record when it comes to building practical MPVs and the Grand Scenic is no exception – it’s comfortable, stylish and has a large boot. Build quality is impressive and it comes with a raft of safety tech.
The Grand Scenic can be a very cheap car to run too – the most efficient model returns nearly 70mpg on average. The only gripe is that the third row seating is only really usable for children. Again, you get three Isofix points on the second row of seats.
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The new Audi Q7 might not be the cheapest vehicle to buy – the options list can make it ludicrously expensive – or the easiest car to drive with its leviathan dimensions, but its impressive practicality, seven usable seats and all-wheel drive quattro grip, it caters for many families’ needs.
What’s most impressive about the new Audi, however, is that every single passenger seat has an Isofix mounting point – including the front passenger seat and the two third-row seats. A note of caution – if you put a child seat in the front, the passenger airbag needs to be deactivated to avoid compromising the Isofix seat.
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Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer
Apart from the Peugeot 308 SW, the Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer is the only other estate with three Isofix mounting points on its rear seats. With a large boot, impressive engines and a relaxed driving experience, the Insignia Sports Tourer is a car worth considering if you’re a family with small children.
Some critics say that, even though the Insignia Sports Tourer has three Isofix mounting points, it’s hard to fit all three in side-by-side at the same time.
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The Peugeot 5008 is a surprisingly capable car. It’s the most practical of all the cars in this line-up – even with all the seats up, boot space is 679 litres and, with all the seats removed, this swells to 2,506 litres.
It’s a well-built vehicle with a stylish interior that’s comfortable on the move and surprisingly good to drive. Visibility is great too thanks to the high driving position and huge panoramic windscreen. Like the Audi Q7, all passenger seats have Isofix mounting points.
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If you want a premium car but still want acres of space, the Mercedes GL is a great choice. Overall, it’s longer than a Range Rover meaning there’s plenty of space on the inside and build quality feels typically Germanic.
The GL has a total of four Isofix mounting points – two on the second row and two on the third row. This means if you need to fit three or more child seats to the car, the third row of seats will need to be up. This is no bad thing though, because the boot will still be able to hold up to 300 litres – about the same as the average supermini.
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Tesla Model S
Not many cars couple supercar-rivalling pace with family car practicality but the Tesla Model S can do just that. Even though it’s a saloon car, it can carry up to seven people with two rear seats popping up from the boot floor.
The Tesla doesn’t emit any greenhouse gasses yet the fastest version can sprint to 62mph from rest in an astonishing 3.1 seconds. There are Isofix mounting points on each of the car’s second row seats, meaning the kids don’t have to miss out on all the fun the parents are having.
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