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Welcome back to what I hope will be a useful guide for anyone looking to find cars which will let you put
“3 across” in the backseat!

This is Part 2 which covers ‘L-Z’ – click for Part 1 which covers ‘A-K’.

By ‘3 across’ we of course mean car seats. If you are like me and have 3 children or maybe you have more children – getting them all in the car can be a challenge! What could complicate this is when you are struggling to install 3 car seats in the car…oh dear! So as a helpful guide I am here going to list those cars for which my research has proven will let you install three car seats across in the back seat.

The list is alphabetical and this guide will be in 2 parts to try to not keep it too long! Photos of the installs if they were available – and all photos which have kids in them will have been pre-approved and sent to me by the parent – so I haven’t put anything here that wasn’t already cleared.

I hope this helps you in your car search! 

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L-Z

 

Mercedes:

  • GLS
    3 across is doable.
  • Benz C-class
    3 across is easy. Isofix across 2nd row. Top tethers.

 

Peugeot:

  • 5008
     3 across is easy. Isofix across 2nd row.
  • 807
    2 x Besafe Izi Plus and a Besafe Izi combi across the middle row.
  • 3008
    Fitted an Axkid Minikid, a Maxi Cosi Cabriofix and a Britax Evolva across.
  • 308 SW
    Fitted 3x BeSafe with isofix. No problems with belted seats either. Fits anything in any combination.
  • 406 SW
    Fitted BeSafe izi Plus and 2x High back boosters without issue.

 

Peugeot 5008.

Peugeot 5008. Joie Stages on both sides with a Diono R5 in the middle.

 

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Peugeot 5008. Britax Two Way Elite, BeSafe izi Plus(middle) and an Axkid Minikid.

 

Peugeot 807. 2x BeSafe izi Plus and 1x BeSafe izi Combi x3 (far right)

Peugeot 807. 2x BeSafe izi Plus and 1x BeSafe izi Combi x3 (far right)

 

Renault:

  • Scenic
    3 across but tight depending on seat. Isofix across 2nd row in newer cars. Top tether. Passenger airbag turns off
  • Grand Scenic
    3 across but tight depending on seat. Isofix across 2nd row in newer cars makes it simple. Top tether. Passenger airbag turns off
  • Espace
    3rd row is a Joie Tilt rear facing, Britax Eclipse forward facing. In the middle row is a Joie Tilt rear facing nearside, Axkid Minikid in middle & Axkid Rekid isofixed on far side. All excellent fits, no issues.
  • Twingo
    3 across. Isofix across the back row. Isofix across 2nd row. Top tether. Passenger airbag turns off

 

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Renault Grand Scenic. 2x Axkids and 1x Klippan Triofix.

 

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Renault Scenic (II). Fitted Axkid Minikid, BeSafe izi Plus and a High Back Booster on the end without any trouble. Can also get another RF seat in without issue.

 

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Renault Grand Scenic. Group 0+ – Axkid Minikid – Klippan Triofix

 

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Renault Espace – 3rd row is a Joie Tilt rear facing, Britax Eclipse forward facing. In the middle row is a Joie Tilt rear facing nearside, Axkid Minikid in middle & Axkid Rekid isofixed on far side.

 

Seat:

  • Alahambra
     3 across easy.
  • Exeo ST estate
    3 across. Isofix outer seats 2nd row. Top tether. Passenger airbag turns off

 

Subaru:

  • Forester
    3 across easy.

 

Skoda:

  • Superb Estate
     3 across. Isofix across 2nd row. Top tether. Passenger airbag turns off
  • Octavia Estate
    3 across. isofix. Top tether. Passenger airbag turns off.

 

Toyota:

  • Yaris XP 130
    It’s doable.
  • Auris
    Brirax Adventure, Britax Max Way & Axkid Minikid was tried and successfully installed as 3 across. 
  • Yaris XP 90
    It’s doable.
  • Verso
    Can easily fit 3 across.

Volkswagen:

  • Sharan
    3 across easy.
  • Touran
    3 across easy. iIsofix across 2nd row.
  • Toureg
    3 across is doable.
  • Passat
    3 across is is doable. Fitted 3x Radian 5s across. 2xR5s and BeSafe HBB. Isofix outer seats 2nd row. Top tether. Passenger airbag turns off.

 

VW Passat. 3 x Radan 5s across the back!

VW Passat. 2 x Radan 5s & a BeSafe high back booster across the back!

 

VW Passat. 3x Diono Radian 5s across the back seat.

VW Passat. 3x Diono Radian 5s across the back seat.

 

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VW Touran 2012. 2 x Maxi Cosi Axiss on the outside and a Maxi Cosi Priori XP in the middle. All good fits and could even still use the swivel function on both seats.

 

 VW Touran (2015). 2x Axkid Minikid and a Hauck Varioguard (isofix.) Car has three individual seats so easy to fit three across.

VW Touran (2015). 2x Axkid Minikid and a Hauck Varioguard (isofix.) Car has three individual seats so easy to fit three across.

 

Volvo:

  • XC90
    3 across is easy. Isofix across 2nd row.
  • V70
  • Volvo XC60
    Fitted a Britax Advansafix, Axkid Minikid and Joie Trillo high back booster. 

All of Volvo’s cars allows for passenger airbag to be turned off. And most also have top tether.

 

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Volvo V70 (2005). Maxi Cosi Cabriofix on isofix base, and 2 FF Joie Stages. The Stages also worked rear facing.

 

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Volvo XC60. Brutax Advansafix II, Axkid Minikid (middle) & Joie Trillo

 

Land Rover:

  • Discovery
    3 across is very easy and comfortable.

 

Land Rover Discovery (2008). Maxi Cosi Axiss, Britax Evolva & Maxi Cosi Tobi.

Land Rover Discovery (2008). Maxi Cosi Axiss, Britax Evolva & Maxi Cosi Tobi.

 

Land Rover Discovery.

Land Rover Discovery. Fitted a HBB – Maxi Cosi Infant seat on base & Joie Stages rear facing without issues.

Opel / Vauxhall:

  • Zafira (NB! The Zafira Tourer (or Zafira “C” )  is not very car seat friendly as it does not allow a car seat to be fitted on the centre seat in the 2nd row. However airbag on passenger side can be disabled.)
    3 across doable. Fitted 2x Britax TWE and Britax Max Way.
  • Insignia Sports Tourer
    3 across is easy. Has isofix across 2nd row.
  • Insignia Saloon
    3 across is doable. Has isofix outer seats 2nd row. Top tether. Passenger airbag turns off.

 

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Zafira (2002). Britax Two Way Elite x2 and a Britax Max Way.

 

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Zafira newer model. Joie Tilt, BeSafe izi Plus & BeSafe izi Kid x3 isofix.

 

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Zafira newer model. Joie Tilt, BeSafe izi Plus & BeSafe izi Kid x3 isofix.

 

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If you have any pictures you would like to share of 3-across in any of the cars mentioned – please email me!
If you have any cars that are not on the list (A-Z) that should be added also please email me!

I would like to thank everyone who is sending me more cars that are not on the list and or just a heads up on info of what they have tried – you are really helping out so many families!
So THANK YOU! xx

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Therese has completed the ‘Advanced Child Car Seat Training Course’ at TRL (Transport Research Lab) and is a CPD accredited car seat expert. She blogs about in-car safety, car seats, tips, reviews, give-aways and advice. She’s a mum on a mission to change the law and raise awareness. She is also a breast feeding advocate and gentle parenting promoter who loves cloth nappies, baby-wearing, BLW and co-sleeping/bed-sharing.

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