Jump to content

Family of 6 with an SUV?


  • Please log in to reply
10 replies to this topic

#1 Rolex

Posted 29 December 2012 - 02:37 PM

I know there has been thread after thread on cars, so PLEASE forgive me, but if anybody has any suggestions, I'd be most grateful.

With baby #4 on the way, I need a new car.  I was really dead set against having a van, so have been looking at SUV's.  Is it possible, in relative comfort?

I have the new Outlander sitting in my driveway right now.  The dealership loaned it to me for the afternoon (great customer service!) so I could see how we all fit.  We've been for a drive and it really is too squishy.  I'll have newborn obviously RF, and a 7 year old in a tethered booster (which he will be for at least 2 years yet),  plus a 10 year old and 12 year old.

With the booster tethered in the 2nd row (and imagining the RF seat in there), access to the 3rd row is not easy, and I had hoped 10 year old could be in the middle row but it is going to be far too squashy in there, with the 2 seats.

I am going to try a CX9 which is longer and wider - will I have any luck with this one!?  Surely it can't be this hard?  Or do I really need to suck it up and look at vans?

Opinions please!?

#2 jayskette

Posted 29 December 2012 - 02:44 PM

I think you will need something like a Landcruiser, with decent 3rd row seats unlike most SUVS with last rows that only fit midgets

#3 Rolex

Posted 29 December 2012 - 02:51 PM

Thanks jayskette.  It was actually the 2nd row that was squishy though.  My eldest, and his friend, were both actually fine in the 3rd row - once they managed to get IN there.  Access was the big problem with the 3rd row.


#4 podg

Posted 29 December 2012 - 02:58 PM

Suck it up. You are right about access, and PP is right about a 'proper' third row with leg space etc.

I think getting everyone out in a hurry or an accident is important. We had friends whose new car burnt to the ground fast, soon after its second factory service. They only just got the kids out. We have a 7-seater wagon and a van, and wouldn't go back to the seven seater.

We do however have four in child restraints. I'm sure a difficult-to-access third row would be easier if some more were older.

#5 Fossy

Posted 29 December 2012 - 03:05 PM

What about a bigger suv? Outlanders are on the smaller side (same as captivas, dualis + 2 etc) We have a Kluger, we have two rf seats in the middle row and I comfortably fit between them, or another carseat would.  
Third row is pretty comfy, I fit in there well and can access it pretty easily although it's not too glamorous!

#6 SeaPrincess

Posted 29 December 2012 - 03:09 PM

We have a Landcruiser at the moment.  I have the older 2 in their tethered boosters in the back row (they can both do their own seat belts up) and only the younger child in the middle row.  We keep one side seat in the middle row folded up unless it is in use, but can fit another child (or small adult) in the middle row easily. We are also looking for a new, smaller 7-seat car and would probably keep this arrangement.

FWIW, we visited a friend with a CX9. With the back row in use there was almost no boot space - we couldn't fit the pram she had borrowed and not a lot of shopping fitted either.

Yesterday we drove a Volvo XC90.  It is a really nice car - lots of space, lots of versatility, has lots of features that we didn't expect to find in a smaller car.  More $ than I wanted to spend though.

Edited by SeaPrincess, 29 December 2012 - 03:10 PM.


#7 threetimesblessed

Posted 29 December 2012 - 03:10 PM

We have just had the same problem with the arrival of DS3.

We also looked at the new Outlander, a CX7/CX9, Kluger etc.

In terms of access and a 'proper' back row, I found the Kluger was best.

I wanted my 3 to fit comfortably in the middle row and we ended up measuring the length of the middle row in several cars. There was a 10cm difference amongst some cars. We ended up buying a Territory.

The problem is also fitting a pram in if you have the back row of seats up, so look for cars where they split 50/50.

#8 Floki

Posted 29 December 2012 - 03:15 PM

QUOTE
with decent 3rd row seats unlike most SUVS with last rows that only fit midgets

I have a 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe and my DH and I can fit very comfortably in the third row seats. They are adult size. The second row also has three tether points.

You can get to the third row by putting down one side of the second row with ease.
QUOTE
The problem is also fitting a pram in if you have the back row of seats up, so look for cars where they split 50/50.

Mine do.



#9 jayskette

Posted 29 December 2012 - 03:19 PM

Hi OP I should also add that I've been on a Landcruiser with 2 kids on boosters in the back row, with 3 adults in the middle (smallish adults incl me) and 2 big fat adults are the front. Now that the owner has 3 kids, 3 boosters are fine in the middle row, the back fit 2 medium sized adults.

#10 MamaMoi

Posted 29 December 2012 - 03:33 PM

We have the Volvo XC90 with three kids, two in carseats and the oldest using the built in booster which comes standard in the Volvo.

Baby is behind the driver in a capsule, 2.5yr old is on the passenger side and 7 yr old is in the middle.

If 7 yr old uses the 3rd row, he climbs in via the boot. As I am still using a double pram and therefore insist on having the cargo barrier up, he had only used the 3rd row once as a treat when we first got the car.

I think with the age of your kids you would be fine with a Volvo or something similar, like the Mazda CX9, if you really do not want a van (which I can understand!).

If I had your age kids in my car I would have the newborn behind the driver, 7 year old in the built in booster or even something like a Hiliner in the middle, 12 yr old could use the passenger side seat in middle row and the 10 yr old could use the 3rd row climbing in either via the 12 yr olds seat (folder forward) or jump in via the boot.

The Volvo has great boot space with the third row seats up and since you would only require a single pram, keeping a seat up in the third row full time wouldn't be a problem.

I am pretty picky about cars and I am loving the Volvo! We have had it for 2 months and other than the enormous turning circle, I couldn't be happier. I didn't drive the Mazda as I wanted a diesel engine but a few friends have it and rave about it.

Good luck!

#11 Rolex

Posted 29 December 2012 - 04:48 PM

QUOTE (Beautiful Warlock @ 29/12/2012, 03:15 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I have a 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe and my DH and I can fit very comfortably in the third row seats. They are adult size. The second row also has three tether points.

You can get to the third row by putting down one side of the second row with ease.

Mine do.

I must admit I haven't looked at the Santa Fe, as I was told the curtain airbags don't extend all the way to row 3?  I should drop in and have a look though.

What you've described for access to row 3 is what I was planning, but unfortunately the Outlander folds the passenger side and middle seat in one - they aren't seperate, meaning the booster in the middle position has to move forward as well, so it can't go far.  The 2nd row drivers side seat is a single seat, but that's where I'm planning the baby to be, because I want my older kids getting in and out on the footpath side, especially at school.  The entire row is quite narrow too and even with my 7yo being in an Infa Vario (quite narrow) it doesn't leave much room for another passenger beside it.

Thanks MamaMoi for your detailed reply, much appreciated.  I'm not a Volvo person myself, but I'm glad to hear you have friends who love their Mazda.  I need to take the kids with me to have a look at it again.

I did look at Kluger this morning, however no salesman wanted to help me, even after I went and asked for help.  But the middle seat in the Kluger doesn't even look like a real seat, it's so small?

podg, you do raise a good point about getting out in an emergency too.  I might end up looking at Grand Carnival again as well - definitely more space.  But I have "issues" with it having 2 x lap only belts - I think they are ridiculous and should be illegal!

Thanks everyone!





1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Teaching our son to say no to violence against women

Today, on White Ribbon Day - and every other day - we're teaching our son to say no to violence against women.

Mothers told to breastfeed in 'spacious' toilet

If there is one thing the owners of Tillings Cafe can be certain of, it is that the eatery won't win the award for Britain's best baby-friendly coffee shop any time soon.

Mother gives name to son dumped down drain

A woman who admitted to dumping her newborn baby down a Sydney drain has reportedly been allowed to give him a name.

Taking small steps to reduce stress

Are you feeling used up by life's stress, family problems and a demanding job you can't turn off? Many people are way beyond work-life exhaustion. They are functioning as robots.

Bad news: we're running out of chocolate

The world's biggest chocolate-maker says we're running out of chocolate.

Born at 23 weeks, 'Chopstick Baby' survives first week

A baby who was born at 23 weeks has survived her first week of life outside the womb.

Manic stations: the nesting instinct in pregnancy

It might sound like temporary insanity, but almost obsessive nesting as you near your due date isn’t uncommon – even if you’re not usually a particularly clean person.

How a baby can survive alone for days on end

The baby found abandoned in a Sydney drain may have been alone for up to six days without being fed, leaving many asking how he could have survived.

When it begins to look a lot like Christmas

A child's excitement at Christmas time is a beautiful thing, but one dad ponders whether his toddler daughter is getting into the festive mood a bit too soon.

Hospital lets dads the experience some of the pain of childbirth

A new experience is radically altering men's views of childbirth.

Italian doctors questioned over formula bribes

Italian police have placed 12 doctors under house arrest on suspicion of promoting baby milk formula over breastfeeding.

Heartwarming prank gives single mum the house she was hired to clean

Cara Simmons arrived at work to clean a large and beautiful house in time for a party planned for that evening. It was soon hers.

Those special moments of sibling bonding

Every now and then your child does or says something that is truly memorable.

Why we should stop telling new parents to 'enjoy every moment'

A few weeks ago, some dear friends of mine had their first baby. As the proud dad texted me a picture I had to fight the natural instinct to say “Enjoy every moment!”

Baby monitor footage posted online

Footage of Australian babies and children sleeping in their bedrooms are among the images on a Russian site showing live feeds from thousands of homes and businesses around the world.

Did this new dad really hit on his wife's midwife?

Was there really a man who was actually there by his wife’s side as she laboured and gave birth to his child, all while he was making what he perceived to be meaningful eye contact with a midwife?

Keep calm and ignore the Tantrum Trolls

Tantrum Trolls are a small but growing species of predatory bottom-feeders who delight in picking on parents at their most vulnerable.

It's okay to never 'get over' the death of a loved one

The death of children, siblings, and parents has long term impacts on the rest of our lives.

What Mark Latham needs to know about depression and motherhood

Love has nothing to do with mental illness. But love may drive a mother to do something about it.

'We're just trying to keep our child alive': life with FPIES

We have a beautiful seven-month-old son, and his allergy rules our life.

Transgender dad breastfeeds his babies

A transgender man who breastfed his first baby - despite having his breasts removed as part of his transformation from female to male - has now had a second child.

Couple face $1 million medical bill and bankruptcy after babymoon birth

A Canadian couple were slammed with a million dollar medical bill after their daughter was prematurely during their babymoon.

Cigarettes, junk food dominate supermarket sales growth

One in every five dollars spent at supermarkets goes on cigarettes or junk food, according to industry data.

Teacher under fire for breastfeeding in class

There is no doubt mums have a right to continue breastfeeding after they have returned to work, but one teacher in the US has taken it to the extreme.

Win a family pass to Disney Live!

We have 4 family passes to give away to see Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales, touring Australia this December/January.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Join PADDINGTON on the red carpet!

To celebrate the release of PADDINGTON, we are giving five lucky winners the chance to win a family pass to the exclusive Australian Premiere in Sydney on December 7!

The tragedy of losing a favourite teddy bear

We were green and uninitiated, perhaps a little naïve when it came to the favourite toy responsibility.

Video: Baby sniffs beardless dad to make sure it's him

She looks him up and down and then touches his chin, but baby Lindsey still isn't sure this clean-shaven man is her dad.

It's possible to workout while pregnant

Medical experts say intense fitness routines can be done safely during pregnancy - if the mums-to-be follow some guidelines.

What parents really want for their kids

Are our hopes, dreams and expectations for our children what they really need?

'I had a feeling something was seriously wrong'

Before even giving birth, Katie Myers' maternal instincts warned her something was wrong with her baby.

When your pregnancy causes a relationship rift

Some dads-to-be don't miss a beat when their partner is pregnant; others struggle with a range of issues and can become withdrawn, right when their support is needed most.

Couple uses group photo trick to announce pregnancy to loved ones

Katharine and Kris Camilli devised a clever trick to immortalise their family and friends' reactions to their exciting pregnancy news.

Why Tracey Spicer has given up make-up

"After 30 years on television, I had become what I despised: a painted doll who spent an hour a day and close to $200 a week putting on a mask."

Knowing you are one of the lucky ones

I am secure, confident and strong, but the responsibility of protecting my children can almost bring me undone.

Why I am so emotional now I have kids?

There are so many ways in which parenthood changes us as women, but one of the most noticeable, for me, has been the changing state of my emotions.

Baby survives despite sharing womb with 'foreign body'

Baby Maia was conceived against the odds, only to find she was sharing a womb with an ominous "foreign body".

Video: Baby shows dog how to jump - or vice versa

They say dog is man's best friend, but this playful pooch seems to have chosen a jumping baby as her number one buddy.

10 ways to soothe a crying baby

New paernts can get frustrated when their newborn gets fussy and can't settle down. When you're feeling overwhelmed, try some of these simple tips to help soothe your baby.

20 baby names that are becoming more popular every year

The data-lovers at nameberry.com have been at it again – this time, they’ve discovered the names that are continually rising up the ranks, ready to take out some top spots in the next few years.

10 great meals to make for new parents

Ideally, you want to give food that isn’t expensive to make, isn't too difficult to create, and freezes well; stews, bakes, soups and pasta sauces are perfect.

Weird pregnancy products

Some pregnancy products come to market and are just awesome. Others just leave you scratching your head.

Carers admit to force-feeding children

Twin brothers have become dads on the same day ? with their partners giving birth in the same hospital, and even the same birthing pool.

 

How many weeks til Christmas?

On your To-Do list

Get the "Santa" shopping done without the kids in tow.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.