The Best Cars With 3 Full Rear Seats
If you have a large family, especially if you have children, it can be difficult to find a car that fits everyone in safely and securely.
Some manufacturers claim that their cars have three seats in the back but in reality, it’s often two full seats and a ‘third’ seat wedged in the middle that’s not very comfortable and doesn’t offer the same support that a full seat does.
We’ve put together this list for those of you looking for cars that genuinely have three full rear seats that offer the comfort and safety you want for your passengers.
Table of Contents
1. Honda CR-V
2. Peugeot 5008 SUV
3. Volvo XC90
4. Ford S-Max
5. Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer
6, SEAT Alhambra
7. Renault Grand Scenic
8. Ford Grand C-Max
9. Peugeot Rifter
SUVs with Three Full Rear Seats
Honda’s ever-popular SUV is one of a few cars that offers three full reat seats, giving passengers the comfort they want and the security they need.
Opt for the 7-seat version of the CR-V and you’ll benefit from two additional full seats in the third row, which technically means that four of your rear passengers will have a full seat to themselves, rather than an uncomfortable bench seat between two rear passengers.
If you have children and need space for car seats, the Honda CR-V has space for at least three car seats, although the third row seats do not have ISOFIX points.
This isn’t a problem if you have older children but if you need to fit three car seats then be aware that only two will be fixed to ISOFIX points and the third will be fixed with the seatbelt.
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Peugeot 5008 SUV
If you’re looking for something stylish, spacious and packed with the latest technology, the all-new Peugeot 5008 SUV should be right at the top of your list.
It has seven individual seats so everyone can travel in comfort. Seats in the second row move backwards and forwards, allowing occupants the ability to give themselves extra legroom if required.
If you don’t require the third row of seats, they can be folded flat and stored underneath the boot floor or removed altogether. Doing this will still give you three full seats in the rear of the car, as well as significant boot space.
For those of you with younger children, the 5008 SUV has three separate ISOFIX anchor points in the second row of rear seats.
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For a touch of luxury with your practicality, why not look at the Volvo XC90? This Swedish SUV is bursting with class and refinement.
As well as offering modern design and innovative technology, the XC90 also seats seven in complete comfort. Three full seats in the rear of the car mean that your passengers can travel comfortably and safely.
What’s more, the second and third rows of seats are actually raised above the front seats, giving your passengers a better view out of the car.
You need not worry about passengers in the third row feeling cramped as the seats in the third row offer class-leading legroom.
The seven seat arrangement, offering four full seats in the rear of the car allows parents to secure their children’s car seats without worrying about their safety.
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MPVs with Three Full Rear Seats
The Ford S-Max is a superbly designed people carrier and the second most popular large MPV in Europe in 2018.
The S-Max provides seating for up to 7 people in complete comfort thanks to its flexible seating system that allow you to change the arrangement of the second and third rows of seats to suit your requirements.
Each seat in the second and third rows is a full seat, meaning that not only will adult passengers be comfortable on long journeys, but it’s possible to fit multiple car seats in the rear of the S-Max so younger children will ride safely and securely.
Each of the three full-size seats in the second row is fitted with an ISOFIX anchor point, allowing you to securely fit three car seats.
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Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer
Dripping with French style and elegance, the newly-named Grand C4 SpaceTourer is a superb offering from Citroen, arguably the King of MPVs.
The SpaceTourer is available with a variety of economical engines, comes with plenty of equipment as well as a high quality interior that should satisfy the most discerning drivers.
In terms of seating, the Grand C4 SpaceTourer has three full-sized rear seats in the second row so passengers won’t feel cramped when travelling in the back.
Each of those seats in the second row is also fitted with ISOFIX points, which means you should be able to travel with three car seats fitted securely in the rear - perfect for larger families.
The third row of seats offers additional space for passengers, or can be removed to give more boot space for luggage.
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Another stylish MPV, this time from SEAT in the form of the excellent Alhambra. Very enjoyable to drive, the Alhambra is both practical and affordable.
Like the SpaceTourer, each individual seat in the second row of rear seats is fitted with ISOFIX points, making it a great choice for families with younger children.
What may be even more appealing to families is the extra practicality offered by the Alhambra’s rear sliding doors that allow easier access to the rear seats, making it that little bit easier to get your children in and out of the car.
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Renault Grand Scenic
The Renault Grand Scenic has been turning heads since its inception in 2004 and the latest incarnation is no different, with its stylish lines and aerodynamic design.
The stylish design continues inside the Grand Scenic with high quality finishes and an ergonomic layout given a refined interior that offers both driver and passengers a comfortable and harmonious drive.
The attention to detail goes further with the modular design of the seating in the Grand Scenic, allowing you to quickly switch between five and seven seats in an instant.
Not only that but the Grand Scenic has three full rear seats in the second row and a further two full seats in the third row, giving passengers extra comfort on long journeys.
For those of you with younger children, it may be worth noting that the Grand Scenic can accommodate three separate child car seats on the second row thanks to its individual ISOFIX points.
Altogether this makes the Renault Grand Scenic an extremely practical and versatile MPV, perfect for larger families.
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Ford Grand C-Max
Ford have a long history of producing superb MPVs and their Grand C-Max follows this trend. The seven-seater version of the standard C-Max, it offers the same practicality and driving enjoyment its little brother offers.
You’ll get the same effortless steering and grip in the corners that the smaller C-Max provides, but with a very clever seating design that Ford calls a “six-plus-one” rather than a seven-seater.
In a nutshell, the rear sliding door give quick and easy access to both the second and third row of rear seats. The middle seat of the second row can then fold flat allowing a walking area between the rows.
Even with this middle seat down, the Grand C-Max comes equipped with three full rear seats, allowing both adults and children to travel comfortably in the back of the car without getting cramped in a middle bench seat.
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Peugeot describe their all-new Rifter as a leisure activity vehicle. A stylish hybrid incorporating the looks of an SUV with the practicality of an MPV, the Rifter is as versatile as vehicle as you’re likely to find.
Available in two lengths - standard and long - the Rifter is full of intelligent design from its sliding rear doors giving full and easy access to the rear seats to its seating design that offer three full rear seats that fold flat using Peugeot’s clever Magic Flat functionality.
The Rifter has five seats as standard, with a seven-seat option coming this year. Whether you’re looking for the five or seven-seat version, your passengers will benefit from having individual rear seats, giving your passengers extra comfort on those longer journeys.
Adding to its practicality is the floating, transluscent arch that sits in the middle of the ceiling, which not only helps to flood the car with natural light but offers an additional 92 litres of storage space.
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So there you have it, what we think are the best cars with three full rear seats. Safety and comfort are important when carrying passengers, even moreso when they are children.
Whilst technically you can fit three passengers in the rear of most cars, the middle seat is often cramped and has a lap-belt.
Cars that have three full rear seats each have an individual standard seat belt with pretensioners, making it not only more comfortable for passengers but considerably safer as well.
This is even more important when carrying young children in the car as you will usually be able to fit three individual child car seats across the rear seats.
If you’d like to know more about cars with three full rear seats, why not give our team a call on 01405 744171.