One of the most important factors when buying a new family car is safety. People who’ve fitted old fashioned seatbelt-mounted child seats will know it’s infinitely easier and safer with isofix – the international standard for child seat attachment points. Simply click the child seat into the mount and it’s locked in place.
Most cars on the market offer two isofix mounting points in the rear seats but some buyers have more than two little ones. To help, we’re listing the 10 best new cars with three or more isofix child seat points.
- Audi Q7
- VW Touran
- Citroen C4 Picasso
- Ford Galaxy
- SEAT Alhambra
- Ford S-Max
- Renault Scenic
- Peugeot 5008
- Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer
- Renault Twingo
1. Audi Q7
The Audi Q7 is one of the most stylish SUVs out there and comes with seven seats as standard. The premium off-roader offers a huge amount of interior space, coupled with a high-quality dashboard, plush materials and remarkable practicality.
Among its most impressive features is its safety. It comes with a five-star Euro NCAP rating – one of the best from the much harsher 2015 test results – and all six passenger seats come with isofix as standard. Plus, the higher cabin and body make it a doddle loading children in and out of the seats.
2. VW Touran
It can’t quite match the Q7’s number of isofix points but the VW Touran runs it pretty close, with five mounts in its spacious and practical cabin. There’s plenty of room for buggies – the boot measures 1,040 litres with five seats up – and a considerable amount of standard equipment.
The upmarket Touran is also one of the safest places to transport your children, with an outstanding 89 per cent Euro NCAP score for child occupant protection and five stars in every crash test.
3. Citroen C4 Picasso
The Citroen C4 Picasso has futuristic looks and a striking, practical interior – offering both style and substance for families. It certainly stands out from rivals in the MPV segment, but also comes with a wealth of interior room for five people and luggage – with seven seats in the Grand C4 Picasso.
Both models offer three isofix mounting points across the second row and come with a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating – exactly what you want from a family car. There’s also an impressive list of standard and optional safety equipment.
4. Ford Galaxy
It’s one of the most recognisable names in the MPV market, so it’s no surprise the Ford Galaxy remains one of the best cars in its class. It’s also one of the safest too, with three isofix child seat mounting points in the middle row to keep children safe and sound.
Practicality and space are two major plus points for the Galaxy, with plenty of room for seven people and more boot space than a Ford Fiesta even with all the seats up. The spacious, well-built interior and supreme safety make it an ideal family car.
5. SEAT Alhambra
The SEAT Alhambra shares much of its design and components with the Volkswagen Sharan but, considering it’s a few thousand pounds cheaper, the Alhambra beats it on our list. The Alhambra is a huge MPV with room for seven and practical sliding doors, making it easy to fit child seats and access the second and third row.
The middle row comes with three isofix points for child seats, making it perfect for parents with three small children. It’s not a squeeze in the second row either thanks to the car’s wide cabin. It’s larger than rivals including the Volkswagen Touran too, with a generous boot to handle all the things that come with transporting children around.
6. Ford S-Max
The Ford S-Max is the smaller sibling of the Galaxy. It feels sportier to drive and looks a little sleeker while still keeping a generous amount of interior space and practicality. There’s plenty of standard equipment and there’s it’ll seat seven comfortably, although the back row is more suited to small children.
The car comes with three isofix child seat points in the middle row and can fit them all in side-by-side. It was awarded five stars in the Euro NCAP 2015 test and comes with safety systems such as automatic city braking, tyre pressure monitoring and a speed limiter.
7. Renault Scenic
Renault’s reputation for exceptional safety continues with the Scenic – the French manufacturer’s five-seat MPV. So, as you’d expect, it comes with five stars in Euro NCAP tests and a full complement of airbags. It’s just been replaced by a new Scenic making nearly new examples of this outgoing model great value for money.
The second row of seats has three individual chairs, each with isofix points. The Scenic’s cabin is practical, roomy and well equipped, ticking many of the boxes of family car requirements. It’s not quite as stylish or comfortable as the Citroen C4 Picasso but it’s still a great value option.
8. Peugeot 5008
The Peugeot 5008’s cabin is hugely spacious and packed full of practical features and cubby holes. It’s also well built, offers up a similar amount of space to the Ford Galaxy and has a vast 2,506-litre boot with all but the driver’s seat folded down.
The 5008 is impressively safe too, despite being one of the older cars on this list. It has a five-star overall Euro NCAP rating and comes with a host of safety features, such as stability control and a speed limiter. Most importantly for families, it comes with three isofix points in the middle row with top tethers.
9. Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer
Some may be surprised to see an estate on this list – they rarely come with three full isofix points. But the Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer breaks the mould with the entire middle row featuring isofix child seat points, making it a great alternative to a larger MPV.
This feature makes the Insignia Sports Tourer a flexible family car with a large, practical boot and plenty of space for a growing family. It’s proof you’re not limited to a larger, chunkier MPV if you want three isofix child seat points and enough space for the usual baby paraphernalia.
10. Renault Twingo
Yes, you read that correctly – the Renault Twingo city car features on this list thanks to squeezing three isofix points into its tiny body. It’s a surprising addition but there’s a good reason for its appearance. It’s not the cheapest car in its class but the quirky Twingo is inexpensive to run, fun to drive and easy to park.
The city car comes with two isofix points in the rear seats as standard, but there’s the option of a third fixing point for the front passenger seat – costing just £250 extra. The Twingo is considerably cheaper than other cars with three child seat mounting points, with prices from less than £10,000.
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