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SUV with room for 3 car seats

  • 02-05-2021 2:45pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 741 ✭✭✭ afkasurfjunkie
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    Hi all, the usual family car spiel. Currently driving aKia Sportage 2015. Have 3 kids, smallest is about to outgrow his maxi cosi car seat so I need to replace it with something that will fit in the space but I’m probably due a change of car at this stage anyway.

    Looking for an SUV as I’ve gotten used to the height and it’s easier on my back lifting kids in and out.
    Daily commute is 90km each way Mon-Fri so needs to be economical. (90km motorway mostly or 75km if I take the back roads)
    Room in the back for 2 car seats and a high back booster seat.
    Max budget is 30k.

    I’m thinking Peugeot 5008 ticks most of the boxes. Sorento is nice too but bit more expensive and is dearer for tax.
    Some on here have mentioned the Outlander PHEV but I don’t know too much about it.

    Any suggestions? Boot space isn’t the be all and end all. Baby is gone one so not lugging around as much stuff and we pack light.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 50,148 ✭✭✭✭ bazz26
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    You will struggle to find many SUVs that can take 3 car seats across the back, the problem with most is that you will fit 2 on the outside but struggle to get the 3rd seat fitted in the centre because of the position of the other 2. You really need something with 3 individual rear seats. MPVs were great for this but unfortunately they are now disappearing and being replaced with trendier SUV crossovers. I'd say the 5008 or it's cousin the Citroen C5 Aircross are probably the best option for what you want.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,028 ✭✭✭ Lantus
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    5008 will be good choice for you. Should get a fairly new one for that budget. Plus it's 7 seats...


  • Registered Users Posts: 141 ✭✭ biblio
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  • Registered Users Posts: 12,413 ✭✭✭✭ fits
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    biblio wrote: »


    Wouldn’t fit 3 across in ours. Two joie spin 360s in it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 549 ✭✭✭ eusap
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    my sister in law has VW Tiguan with 3 seats, in order to do it she went to a specialist (quick google) and they recommended the 3 seats that would work together. Yes it works, but it is far from comfortable, when you get to that stage an S-max or something similar is more practical


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  • Registered Users Posts: 12,233 ✭✭✭✭ AMKC
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    Ford S-Max while not an SUV are the individual choice and are very stylish and classy. Certainly worth a look.
    Renault Koleos maybe.
    Ssangyong Rexton maybe?

    https://ssangyong.ie/rexton/


  • Registered Users Posts: 231 ✭✭ Redlim
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    Would a Multimac do? With that you could keep your current car, or if you still want to change it then it'll widen your options a lot.

    https://www.multimac.com/home


  • Registered Users Posts: 741 ✭✭✭ afkasurfjunkie
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    AMKC wrote: »
    Ford S-Max while not an SUV are the individual choice and are very stylish and classy. Certainly worth a look.
    Renault Koleos maybe.
    Ssangyong Rexton maybe?

    https://ssangyong.ie/rexton/

    Have never heard of a Rexton before. Looks ok too. Oh I’d say I’ll probably end up with a 5008. I might look into a decent sized saloon either. Octavia? Mondeo?


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,817 ✭✭✭ Darc19
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    Sorrento is a great vehicle, but not very agile. Very much a beast of a vehicle.
    Poor economy too at about 8.5l/100km (33mpg)


    Peugeot 5008 possibly the best option, nimble and very economical. It also has 3 isofix in the back

    Honest John review is very good

    https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/peugeot/5008-2017/


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,064 ✭✭✭ MarcusP12
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    We had a similar conundrum a couple of years ago when we were looking for something to take 3 car seats....there really isn't much out there if you want style and a decent drive on a budget.....if you have 3 car seats you really should be looking at a 7 seater....what we found when looking into non-7 seater options is that you might be able to physically fit 3 seats across the bench seat but it was pure hardship if not near-impossible to get the middle buckle in....maybe your intended car seats will be less of an issue but that was what we found....we probably would have gone for the 5008 at the time but they were quite new and so out of our budget at the time.......also, i think one poster mentioned that there were 3 isofixes in the back seat? Might want to check that, i wouldn't put the house on it but they might be confusing with the 3008. I remember when i looked into them, the 3008 had 3 "full sized" seats in the back but not the 5008. Maybe the 5008 has 2 iso in the back and 1 in the front (which out 2 series has).....

    We eventually settled on a BMW 2 series grand tourer...picked up a 2.5 yr old (3 years old by the number plate) one for about 22k and it was a good spec....leather, cruise, sensors back and front....218d so good economy and decent power for the size. Very practical too. We've done plenty of long journeys and gone on staycations and you can fit a fair bit in there even with one seat up in the boot. What was key for us was that the boot seats are decent and more comfortable than a couple of 7 seater SUV (e.g. sorento and x-trail) we tried whereby it was cramped and your knees were up in your chest practically. Drives like a car as you'd expect.....would definitely add it to your list and what we also found was that the BMW wasn't any more expensive than similarly spec-ed S-Max so don't rule it out just because its a BMW....


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  • Registered Users Posts: 510 ✭✭✭ Hackers
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    5008 has three full separate seats across the middle with individual isofix points. Audi Q7 has also but that’s double the price of the 5008 plus some. Can’t recall if any other SUV has the 3 isofix in the middle row but I don’t think there is.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,421 ✭✭✭ Wildly Boaring
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    5008 as above. Has 3 seats. Fit really well
    CRV will take 3. It's very wide bench.
    Newest tiguan will take 3 if they're the right seats.

    Kodiaq and Terraco as per tiguan but with more bootspace.

    Ateca will not.
    Kuga will not.
    XC60 will not.

    The big buses XC90, x5 and q7 will. They cost big money.


  • Registered Users Posts: 609 ✭✭✭ SmithySeller
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    Max budget is 30k
    That budget will/might buy you a 2018 5008 GTLine - a fantastic family car with the balance of a 5 year warranty to boot.
    The problem might be, finding one!


  • Registered Users Posts: 510 ✭✭✭ Hackers
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    Max budget is 30k
    That budget will/might buy you a 2018 5008 GTLine - a fantastic family car with the balance of a 5 year warranty to boot.
    The problem might be, finding one!

    Have the 182 Allure model myself which I’ll be trading in come July. Trade in price will be 27k approx so definitely get that model for 28/29k. Not sure if the GT model is needed but that’s a personal choice, bit of a difference in price when buying new but gap will obviously be a bit less on 3 year old vehicle


  • Registered Users Posts: 741 ✭✭✭ afkasurfjunkie
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    Hackers wrote: »
    Have the 182 Allure model myself which I’ll be trading in come July. Trade in price will be 27k approx so definitely get that model for 28/29k. Not sure if the GT model is needed but that’s a personal choice, bit of a difference in price when buying new but gap will obviously be a bit less on 3 year old vehicle

    I think this is what I’m aiming for. The spec of the allure model will do nicely.


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