Cars with 3 Isofix points

Need space for three young children in child seats? Check out the best cars with three Isofix child seat mounts to keep your kids safe

BuyaCar team
May 26, 2022

If you have three young children, then chances are safety is pretty high up on the list of important factors when it comes to car shopping. So we've rounded up the best cars available with three Isofix child seat mounts to ensure your children stay safe in the car.

Isofix child seat mounting systems were first introduced in 1997. They have been mandatory on new cars since 2013. The idea behind Isofix is to create a solid connection between the car seat and the vehicle, in order to achieve greater safety for little ones. The 1998 Volkswagen Golf was the first car to use it, but today it’s a universal standard used by all manufacturers.

Studies conducted by the German Insurance Association show that 70% of child car seats are installed incorrectly when only a seatbelt is used - but 96% are installed correctly when an Isofix system is used, giving parents a greater chance of keeping their offspring safe in the car.

How does Isofix work?

Isofix allows you to connect a child seat to the car via a metal anchor which is built in to the car's chassis.

Essentially, the child seat hooks onto the anchor, which secures it in place. Some seats require an additional base, so it’s worth reading the paperwork that comes with your child seats to make sure you fit everything correctly.

While some cars have three Isofix points on the rear row of seats, others have a pair in the rear and one on the front passenger seat. It’s important to bear in mind that if you have bulky child seats, even though a car may have three Isofix points spread across the rear seats, there might not be enough room to fit three individual Isofix seats safely.

Best family cars with three Isofix points

1. Audi A4

Our pick Audi A4 2.0 TDI ultra Sport
Used deals from £12,000
Monthly finance from £238*

The Audi A4 is a highly-rated large family car - it’s stylish, well built, and has a beautiful interior. And you have the choice of the sleek saloon pictured above, or the bigger-booted Avant estate, which should do a better job of swallowing buggies and other paraphernalia. The A4 also received a five-star crash safety score from Euro NCAP, with a strong child occupant score of 87%.


2. Nissan Leaf

Our pick Nissan Leaf e+ N-Connecta
Used deals from £20,000
Monthly finance from £329*

There was a time when the Nissan Leaf was the only electric car available with three Isofix points, but that has changed thanks to the Renault Zoe and Tesla Model S. A Leaf is the most realistic everyday family car of the three - being far more affordable than the Tesla and larger than the Zoe - as well as being fantastically smooth and quiet to drive. Thanks to its strong electric motor, it is surprisingly fast, too.


3. Skoda Octavia

Our pick Skoda Octavia 2.0 TDI vRS
Used deals from £9,250
Monthly finance from £183*

The Skoda Octavia is great value for money and proves that cheap doesn’t always mean nasty. Strong petrol and diesel engines combined with slick automatic gearboxes are a major selling point, as is the car’s five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP. Whether you choose the estate pictured above or the hatchback, you benefit from a mammoth boot that should provide plenty of space for buggies, shopping and even five-up family holidays.


Best people carriers with three Isofix points

1. Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer

Our pick Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer 1.2 PureTech Flair
Used deals from £14,700
Monthly finance from £271*

SpaceTourer might make it sound like a rocket, but this is certainly no supercar. The new Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer is a seven-seater that’s endlessly adaptable - and has some funky new styling touches too. The older (but basically the same car) Grand C4 Picasso could even be had with four Isofix points, giving you plenty of options for where to fit child seats to make the most of the space.


2. Honda CR-V

Our pick Honda CR-V 1.6 i-DTEC SR
Used deals from £11,700
Monthly finance from £259*

Honda has been long-famed for its reliability, and the CR-V is yet another car with rock-solid credentials. It also has a decent amount of kit and loads of room. Good amounts of electronic safety equipment is also commendable. With scope for safely mounting three child seats and its popular high-riding SUV format, the CR-V should successfully cover off all of many familes' wishlists.


3. Peugeot 3008

Our pick Peugeot 3008 1.2 PureTech GT Line
Used deals from £11,490
Monthly finance from £215*

The 3008 is a striking looking car, and has an up-market feeling interior too. There’s a good selection of economical engines with the 1.6-litre diesel capable of returning up to 70.6mpg - though it's worth noting that this figure is based off the unrealistic NEDC testing; you could expect more like 50mpg. Mounts for a trio of child seats and a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating make it a sound family choice.


Best SUVs with three Isofix points

1. Land Rover Discovery

Our pick Land Rover Discovery 2.0 SD4 SE
Used deals from £33,750
Monthly finance from £430*

The Land Rover Discovery blends nigh-on unrivalled off-road ability with an incredibly spacious and practical interior. It also has clever tech options (like turning the heating on via an app), plus the requisite three Isofix mounts. With three rows of seats and the security of a seriously capable four-wheel-drive system, the Discovery makes a strong all-purpose, all-season family car. Especially considering it received a five-star crash safety rating from Euro NCAP, too.


2. Audi Q5

Our pick Audi Q5 2.0 TDI Sport quattro
Used deals from £12,990
Monthly finance from £330*

The Audi Q5 shares some mechanical parts with the excellent A4 mentioned above, but it also offers a higher driving position and some off-roading abilities. The interior is well-finished and lovely to sit in, especially for long drives. And like most Audis, it has plenty of safety tech, like rear cameras that watch out for oncoming cars that will pass behind you, as well as blind spot monitoring. Add in those three Isofix mounts and the Q5 makes an appealingly upmarket, high-riding family car.


3. DS 7 Crossback

Our pick DS 7 Crossback 1.6 PureTech Performance Line
Used deals from £18,971
Monthly finance from £295*

Label this as one of the most flamboyant ways to get your Isofix fix. The DS 7 Crossback is big and sharp on the outside and plush on the inside - and even has a quirky analogue clock. With unusual looks and a comfort-focused drive, the DS 7 should suit families looking for something a little different, which backs it up with those obligatory three Isofix mounts. Euro NCAP also awarded it a strong 87% safety rating for child occupants.


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Deposit: £0
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Optional final payment to buy car: £2,923
Total amount payable to buy car: £11,926
Total cost of credit: £2,426
Amount borrowed: £9,500
APR: 9.9%

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