When transporting children in cars it is important that they are comfortable and safe. Luxury SUVs are more popular than ever in the UK thanks to their ability to transport families as well as an improvement in driving dynamics, fuel economy and styling in the past few years.
In the UK children up to the age of 12 years old or 135 centimetres tall, whichever comes first, are legally required to sit in a child seat. Due to this, some larger families require a vehicle with adequate space in the rear for three child seats. However, it can be difficult searching for a luxury car that meets all your specific requirements as well as fitting three or more child seats in the back as even some of the largest SUV's do not feature ISOFIX points on more than two of their rear seats.
With this in mind, we have created a list of five luxury cars that provide the space for three child car seats in the back and have at least three seats with ISOFIX/i-Size fixing points.
Mercedes-Benz GLS (Third Generation)
The GLS is Mercedes-Benz's largest and most luxurious SUV, indulging up to seven passengers with a deluxe interior and extravagant entertainment.
If you are looking for a car that can fit three or more child seats in, you will be pleased to know that the elegant interior features i-Size child seat fixing points on the two outer second row seats and the two third row seats. All seats can be adjusted electronically as standard, and the EASY-ENTRY function makes getting in an out of the two individual third row seats simple.
Despite being a seven seater, the Mercedes-Benz GLS still boasts a large boot that can conveniently fit in your weekly shop, however, if you're wanting to fit in large pushchairs or multiple suitcases you may need to fold down the two rear seats.
Land Rover Discovery (Fifth Generation)
Land Rover's most versatile SUV yet, the Discovery, is equipped with seven full-size seats. Not only can the Discovery fit three child seats in the back, it actually has ISOFIX mounting points and top tether points on four of the five rear seats (from SE trim upwards). However, if you would like to install a child seat in the middle of the second row you will need to secure it with the seatbelt as this seat does not include ISOFIX mounting points.
Featuring throughout the vehicle are convenient interior storage solutions for the whole family and the premium SUV boasts an exceptionally large boot.
Entertaining children for a long journey? No problem in the Discovery, thanks to the nine USB points in the vehicle you can keep all devices charged. Furthermore, up to eight devices can be connected to the 4G WiFi hotspot.
Audi Q7 (Second Generation)
The Audi Q7 is a spacious SUV with seven seats as standard. Travelling with children is effortless, considering all six passenger seats have ISOFIX mounting points.
Plenty of safety features are included as standard, with the Q7 including lane-departure warning, traffic sign recognition, Audi Pre-Sense as well as front and rear parking sensors. These safety features, combined with the five-star Euro NCAP rating, give you peace of mind when transporting the whole family.
In terms of boot space, the Q7's loading capacity is comparable to the loading capacity of a van; when all rear seats are folded flat to the floor.
There is also the option of the plug-in hybrid e-tron version or even the luxury, performance SQ7 which is powered by a biturbo V8 engine, delivering 900Nm of torque to accelerate from 0-62mph in a remarkable 4.8 seconds.
BMW X7 (First Generation)
If you are searching for a car that can serve the purpose of fitting three child seats in the back, in addition to high levels of luxurious comfort and refinement, the BMW X7 may be just the vehicle for you.
This extravagant seven-seater is know as a Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV). SAVs feature off-road characteristics complemented with practicability, accessibility and a spacious interior.
There are ISOFIX points on the two outer second row seats as well as on both of the third row seats, access to the third-row seats is simple due to the wide rear doors and even with the third-row seats in place, there is enough space in the boot for a pushchair or a couple of suitcases. Furthermore, the boot features a split-folding tailgate which is perfect when loading bulky items such as pushchairs.
Mercedes-Benz V-Class (First Generation)
SUVs not your style? The Mercedes-Benz V-Class is a Multi Purpose Vehicle (MPV) available in three lengths. If you select the Long or Extra Long version, eight seats come as standard. All three versions have four ISOFIX points.
The V-Class combines the luxury of a Mercedes-Benz with the practicality of a people-carrier. You can enjoy the flawlessly designed interior and appreciate the premium-quality materials whilst transporting several passengers in comfort. Despite being a seven or eight seat vehicle, the V-Class still has a spacious boot; perfect for pushchairs or suitcases for a family holiday.
Accessing the rear seats is extremely simple thanks to the button operated, electric sliding doors on each side of the vehicle. It is also worth noting that the doors feature child locks as standard across the range.
As child seats vary considerably, it is always important to double check that your child seats fit in the car safely before purchasing. The above information should be used only as a guideline to help you find a suitable car.