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Meridian AHR x2 & new Maxi Rider


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#1 blenheim

Posted 18 February 2013 - 07:51 AM

I've checked the sticky thread but there aren't too many newer models listed.  We need to get a car ASAP (I'm 36 weeks).

Our list is

-Citroen C4 Picasso
-Kia Sorento
-Hyundai Santa Fe
-Mazda CX9 (probably too thirsty for what we want)

We don't want a Territory and don't really want an even bigger car like a Grand Carnival or iMax.

All the cars on our list are a bit dearer than our original budget so I just want to make sure there isn't a cheaper option that will fit our seats ( Meridian AHR x 2 - one will be RF and the new Maxi Rider).

Anyone had luck with a Camry fitting 3 seats?  A Forester?  A run of the mill Commodore (although not really keen on this option).  Some type of Mitsubishi or Nissan?

We HAVE to decide this week and it's hurting my indecisive pregnant brain!

#2 IsolaBella

Posted 18 February 2013 - 10:02 AM

I have a Citroen Picasso and it is great. 3x45 cm seats makes it easy to fit three across.

ETA have you thought of changing your seats?

Edited by lsolaBella, 18 February 2013 - 10:03 AM.


#3 TeaTimeTreat

Posted 18 February 2013 - 01:50 PM

I have a Meridian AHR (T&A version) and it is AFAIK the widest seat on the market at the moment, the new SNS Compaq & Infa Secure Neons/Kompressor are designed to fit across the back seat of many cars, the new Maxi Rider is good though because it is narrower than the previous model.

If you got the Grand Picasso no doubt you could fit those seats across but if you got narrower convertables you would probaby have more options car wise.

There is a Renault Grand Scenic that takes 3 across the back row with even splits like the Citroen.

I have also heard rumours that the new Volvo XC90 takes 3 across the back but I don't know if that is accurate.

Good Luck!

#4 blackbird

Posted 18 February 2013 - 02:05 PM

Most sedans will fit 3 car seats if you get the right seats, I just downgraded to a nissan pulsar and with seat belt extenders I can get 3 seats in there.

Which is funny because I used to have a big nissan Maxima and thought, oh there is no way 3 seats will fit in there butwith the right seats I could have.

#5 Natttmumm

Posted 18 February 2013 - 02:09 PM

Not one you mentioned but we have a klugar and it fits 3 seats.
Not sure if its the right price range but we love it

#6 Katie_bella

Posted 18 February 2013 - 02:17 PM

I have a forester and can fit two infasecure kompressors with a maxi rider in the middle with a seatbeat extender. The Outbacks have an extra 20 cms across the backseat, that will be our next car upgrade. I would look at getting new seats before a new car, unless you need the new car biggrin.gif

#7 Eirinn

Posted 18 February 2013 - 02:18 PM

We have a Camry with three seats, think it's a 99 model.

ETA: we have a Meridian, a Hipod Senator and a HiLiner.

Edited by Eirinn, 18 February 2013 - 02:21 PM.


#8 jules77

Posted 18 February 2013 - 02:22 PM

We have a 2010 Forrester and have a FF Meredian AHR and a maxirider AHR and there is no way a 3rd seat will fit.

Apparently 3 seats will fit though, so in the event of a 3rd baby coming our way, we'll get new seats.

#9 Jess1308

Posted 18 February 2013 - 02:28 PM

We have a Volvo XC90 which is a 2006 model, had three seats across the back on the weekend as a friend was visiting with their 3 yr old. I love it, its a very comfortable and economical car to drive.

#10 ~ppp~

Posted 18 February 2013 - 02:45 PM

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Edited by knowsnotmuch, 01 March 2013 - 04:16 PM.


#11 ~RM~

Posted 18 February 2013 - 02:51 PM

we just bought a Volvo XC 90 once we realised we could buy one second hand for less than some of those cars new. Its not too bad on fuel, and although bigger (prob similar to a santa fe) its sooooo much nicer to drive, and was easy to get used to after a week or two.

And it is amazing for safety features.

#12 IsolaBella

Posted 18 February 2013 - 02:55 PM

Renault grand scenic is 45/40/45 cm seats the middle seat is slightly slimmer.



#13 MARsmum

Posted 18 February 2013 - 02:56 PM

We have a seven seater Mitsubishi Outlander that easily fits three seats across the back.  I have also had a Nissan X-trail and hired a Camry.  Surprisingly, the Camry had the most amount of room!  I think most larger cars can fit three across the back however you may just need to buy some slim line seats.  When we bought the X-trail we had a Maxi-rider which we had to get rid of as there was no way that would fit with two other seats!  Good luck!

#14 NotBitzerMaloney

Posted 18 February 2013 - 02:56 PM

I've done 3 across the XC90 with two Meridians and a Compaq

And while I originally didnt want to get a 4WD, I love this car now. I really like it with one seat in the back row up so I don't even have to do three across and can still use the middle row built in booster if necessary.

#15 MamaMoi

Posted 18 February 2013 - 03:12 PM

We also have the Volvo XC90 and I have fit 3 carseats in the middle row. 2x Meridians plus a Hiliner. I just checked the Britax site and the Hiliner is 455mm versus the New Maxi at 460mm so I am fairly sure you would fit your sets in the XC90.

Edited by MamaMoi, 18 February 2013 - 03:13 PM.


#16 lbj

Posted 18 February 2013 - 04:40 PM

2012 Mazda 6: RF  (new) Compaq, babylove ezy combo (older model) and a new Maxirider all fitted comfortably. For the RF seat I need a tether strap extender though, as the anchor point is down near the floor. You may be able to get one on runout as the 2012 plates are now superseded. (FWIW, once the compaq is FF, it still fits well, although maybe a meridian wouldn't fit so well as they are a wider design)

#17 TeaTimeTreat

Posted 18 February 2013 - 05:04 PM

Does anyone know if the new XC90 has three ISOFIX points across or just the two, that was what I had heard but I am not sure if it's true...


I know they have the two stage integrated booster seats.

#18 adl

Posted 18 February 2013 - 05:15 PM

Gf has just got three seats in the X Trail,  the Mazda 6 also fit 3,  the 9 is so wide that it doesnt fit into car parks at shopping centres as another GF got it and hates it as gets scrapped all the time...and she has trouble parking so has to take DH car to do the shopping...

We are looking for a new car as well,  two seats,  I am interested more in the boot space or lack thereof!!!  

So I take the pram etc with us,....

#19 IsolaBella

Posted 18 February 2013 - 05:41 PM

Citroen C4 Picasso has huge boot space for a car only 1cm longer then a Mazda 3.

Volvo only has two Isofix points. The Citroen Picasso  three in the middle row plus one in the front seat.





#20 ednaboo

Posted 18 February 2013 - 05:51 PM

I would think 3 slim seats would fit in your Camry.  I currently have a 2007 Subaru Liberty, which is another mid size car and I can fit 3 seats.  It is tight but it works.

#21 MamaMoi

Posted 18 February 2013 - 08:04 PM

QUOTE (sparkler @ 18/02/2013, 06:04 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Does anyone know if the new XC90 has three ISOFIX points across or just the two, that was what I had heard but I am not sure if it's true...


I know they have the two stage integrated booster seats.


I have a 2013 model year XC90 and it has 2 ISOFIX points in the middle row, outer seats.

ETA sorry, just noticed IsolaBella already answered this!

Prior to the Volvo we had a VW Passat wagon which I managed to fit 3 carseats in. It was a brilliant family car.

Edited by MamaMoi, 18 February 2013 - 08:09 PM.


#22 Witchipoo

Posted 18 February 2013 - 08:23 PM

We have a SnS Hi Liner SG, SnS Maxi Rider AHR and a rear facing SnS Premier in our VZ Commodore.  DD1's seat is in the middle and uses the sash belt which she can do up herself otherwise I have to lean over DD3's seat to do it.

The seats fit in comfortably and DD1 and DD2 can also use the pull out cup holders that are on their carseats.

#23 Ohhmum

Posted 18 February 2013 - 08:30 PM

We have a Honda crv with a maxi rider, sns royal and a hipod senator. Its tight, but totally doable.


#24 Cheekyrascal

Posted 18 February 2013 - 09:06 PM

We have a 2012 Subaru Forester with a rear facing SnS Compaq, a forward facing SnS Compaq and Haven. It's a bit of a squish but it works. Definitely not having any more kids!


#25 blenheim

Posted 18 February 2013 - 09:53 PM

Thanks so much everyone - some really great suggestions.

We definitely, definitely need a new car - we have a VW Jetta and there's no way 3 seats would fit.  I actually had a (sort of) look at the Toyota Prius V today, which has seats similar to the Volvo (by the sounds of it) - although it has 3 Isofix points in the middle row.  We'll take one for a drive on the wekend.

We could buy new seats if we need to - just a question - do people buy used seats?  We've never had an accident and they're in perfect condition - if there's no market for them, I guess we could use them as second seats for grandparents etc?

Edited by blenheim, 18 February 2013 - 09:55 PM.





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