At the moment we have a toyota estate which we are really happy with but I am due baby no.3 in Jan and you can not fit three seats in a row in the back.
We dont want a 4x4 style car, or one of those monster family carriers. I am not bothered by 7 seaters either we just want to be able to have five people in a car. It seems that as soon as you want to fit one more person in that the car either looks really geeky or its a massive beast of a thing.
Are there any estates out there where you can have three seats in a row? I have seen cars with three seat belts in a row but not sure if three car seats fit.
We went through this about a year ago. Aside from a monster 4x4 like you mention, we found that a Citroen Xsara (still massive), Ford zetec (I think)and Renault Scenic were the largest across and did fit the 3 seats. But bizarrely, we also managed to get 3 into my mum's new Micra, although one was a skinny booster and one a simple baby seat, not the massive Maxicose recliner one that we have now. We've got the Scenic and I think it's a great family car, it has 3 proper seatbelts and all the back seats move independently and can be put down together or seperately.
I have a 4x4 monster and it still doesn't bloody fit 3 seats!
I'm also expecting #3 and watching this with interest!
Does an Audi A4 estate or any of the others do it? Curious about the narrow boosters - I didn't know these were available. This may be the answer as whilst I appreciate the advantages of a Scenic - I'm just not convinced it is the car for me (minor hijack)
I don't think it's marketed as a narrow booster (it should be!) But it's a very straitforward plastic seat - the others I have seem to be very wide for 5 year olds. We refer to my son's current one as the Kingly Throne as it seems so huge and sometimes it is near impossible to get the three seats in together. I guess just measuring the seats themselves in the first place could have been a cheaper way to go!
Will also add, had Dd been in just a booster seat, she would have been hit by the door crumpling, So so glad she was in her high back booster. She will never be traveling in just a booster ever again, the side impact protection is so important.