LIFE usually gets more expensive with three kids and something people often forget is what car they need.
With two children you have a huge range of options, but if you have to transport three young children safely, your choice is immediately smaller.
That’s the bad news, but the good news is that the options aren’t all boxy MPVs — there are some sleek SUVs, too. There’s even an EV.
The cars we focus on here all have three separate seats in the middle row, each with its own separate Isofix point.
Isofix uses metal anchor points built into the car’s chassis, allowing a compatible seat to snap into place.
It minimizes the chance of a child seat being installed incorrectly, which is easier with just a seat belt.
The first car with Isofix was the VW Golf in 1997, but since 2004 all cars have Isofix as standard.
Most cars have Isofix points on the outer rear seats, but some have three points on the back and are best for carrying three children.
Some child seats have a base that clicks into place first, while others have the Isofix element built in.
For a complete overview of types of child seats and how old they should be for different types, see our explanation.
The Ford S-Max is a rare thing: it manages to be an MPV that is great to drive and even looks half decent.
Importantly, despite the arched roofline, it is extremely practical, with room for seven adults on board and a large trunk. If you need even more trunk space, Ford’s larger Galaxy is the better choice.
Still, the S-Max’s center row, like the Galaxy, has three individual seats, each with its own Isofix tip, and a range of child seats can fit side by side.
The VW Touran has been around for a while, but it really isn’t broken, won’t fix it.
It’s comfortable to drive, there’s seating for seven and the Touran’s center row gets the all-important triple Isofix layout on individual benches.
Fold down the rear seats and it also provides a boot large enough for a growing family.
There are plenty of used options about whether a new one is a little rich.
If you can’t bear the idea of driving around in an MPV and love a premium badge, the Audi Q7 is for you.
It’s expensive, but it’s also a fantastic family bike, with Isofix points on no fewer than six of the seven seats and individual seats in the middle row.
It is not far from Rolls-Royce in terms of comfort and tranquility, gets strong engines and there is even a sporty SQ7 version that will harass sports cars.
The Citroën Berlingo recently ditched its petrol and diesel engines to go electric only. Fortunately, that didn’t change the family-friendly interior.
It can cover up to 271 miles on a charge and with the right kit you can charge to 80% in just half an hour.
Inside, there are seats for five or seven, depending on which model you choose. In both cases there are three Isofix points in the middle row.
If you’re not ready to go electric, you can easily pick up a petrol or diesel Berlingo on the second-hand market, as there’s plenty of choice.
Another SUV, but with a sharper price – but no less style.
The Peugeot 5008 has been around for a while, but has recently undergone a facelift that has brought more style and better technology.
The versatile interior has not changed, seating up to seven people and offering three Isofix points in the middle row with enough space to fit three large child seats.
With the rear seats folded, the luggage compartment is also healthy.