Jump to content

need an 8 seater car with 3 ancorage points at the back and 3 in the middle


  • Please log in to reply
14 replies to this topic

#1 4+1more

Posted 12 December 2011 - 12:32 PM

hi,



i have 4 children. my eldest is 5 so they are all still in car seats.


I have just found out i am about 6 weeks pregnant with my 5th( yet to tell my hubby) i just want to do as much research as possible.


I need some opinions on cars. i will need 5 ancorage points so i will need 3 in the back and 2 in the middle so the extra seat can fold down for the kids can get into the back.



Im not going to ask at car yards as the best i was offered by them was to get a 7 seater and have my older 2 climb in through the boot sad.gif. and yes, he didnt have children

any information on cars would be greatly appreciated.



thank you

#2 back*again

Posted 12 December 2011 - 01:07 PM

Firstly congrats original.gif

There are no new cars that have what you're after.  If you're looking new, the best you'll find is the 8-seater kia (3 anchor points in middle, 2 in back, however, the middle seat in the back is a lap-only seat belt) or the Mercedes 8 seater with 4 anchor points.

If you're buying older cars I'm not so sure.  I know the taragos used to have more anchor points than they do now (now they only have 3 in the middle).

A few people on here bought cars without enough anchor points and got more installed with a crab bar, you may want to look into that?

#3 Cat©

Posted 12 December 2011 - 02:45 PM

Depends really on your budget.

I have a Volkswagon Caravelle 9 seater. Personally I love it, as we can use the 9 seats (comes with two anchor points and you can get more installed) but its a 2/2/2/3 configuration. So easy to get into all seats.

Also while only needing 7 seats you can remove the middle two seater and move the three up giving you a 2/2/3 config. with a MASSIVE boot, bigger than the imax boot!  Really depends on budget though and how many seats you need for the future etc.

The imax was ok as well, but we didnt like how it drove compared to the Caravelle, but it was also dearer than an imax....had we not had the budget for the caravelle we would have gone imax as a second choice. We didnt consider the smaller more "car" like 8 seaters as we have teens so wouldnt have lasted us long.

#4 MrsDoyle

Posted 12 December 2011 - 05:37 PM

When we had 5, all in carseats/boosters, we had an older style Tarago.  3 anchor points in the middle, 2 anchor points in the back.  I had the younger 3 kids (all in carseats) in the middle row, and the 2 older kids (in tethered boosters), in the back row.  With the middle row as far forward as it would go, there was enough room for my older boys to squeeze past and strap themselves in without flipping the seat.



#5 nessrose

Posted 13 December 2011 - 08:01 AM

We're expecting our 5th too. They are all in carseats at the moment.

We have a 10 year old Tarago which has 5 anchor points. We bought it for about 10K. We have our 4 year old twins in the back and our 6 year old and 2 year old in the middle row.  Our new bubba will go in the middle row when she is born.

We've been very happy with the Tarago. Haven't had any problems with it and plenty of room in the back even for a double pram (which happily we don't need now!). Apparently the older style Taragos have more boot space too.

Good luck.

#6 nobleme

Posted 13 December 2011 - 11:16 AM

If your eldest is already in a booster have you thought about using an untethered one, like the pegasus?

#7 blaast

Posted 15 December 2011 - 02:06 PM

Why an 8 seater?
The VW Multivan (a real 7 seater) has 5 anchor points in the back!

There are also VW Caravelle's with 8 (real) seats and short wheel base (the 9 seater is long wheel base), but they only have 2 anchor points.

#8 MickeyBoo

Posted 17 December 2011 - 02:50 PM

We have a Nissan Elgrand, it is an 8 seater and has 2 anchor points for the second row and three in back row. The middle seat has a movable seat so that there is no climbing over seats, and I find it pretty easy to get bubs in and out whatever the seat configuration.

They retail from $15000-$20,000 for earlier models (but being imports they have extremely low kms) (and up to $50,000 for the latest models) they are pretty easy to get parts for and servicing is not a hassle either, they have the same running parts as a Nissan Pathfinder (can't remember the exact year). Insurance is also pretty average.

Interiors are nice, you can get all leather interior, sunroofs etc in the Highway Star and Rider models, or a combination of leather/suede, or just suede in the other models. They are really cruisy to drive, don't feel big and clumsy on the road and are 4WD as well, they also have a fair bit of guts and aren't sluggish to drive. I'd never driven a big car before but I prefer it to my Commodore now, and that's saying something!

Boot space isn't enormous when the rear seats are right back, but if you move them both forward a bit there is still heaps of leg room and the boot space is ample. Even with them right back I can fit a stroller and full size pram in the back. For an added bonus, the rear seats fold up and to the side to allow for a large cargo area, and the middle row of seats swivels 180degrees to face the other way and pushes right back against the front seats, so if you ever need to take big loads anywhere there is heaps of room.

We've had our 99 Elgrand Rider for over 3 years now and have no complaints at all.

Good Luck and Congrats!



#9 FeralLIfeHacker

Posted 17 December 2011 - 04:07 PM

.

Edited by humphreymum, 19 December 2011 - 10:17 PM.


#10 fillesetjumeaux

Posted 17 December 2011 - 06:18 PM

Older Chrysler Grand Voyagers have 2 + 3 (captain's chairs in the middle row, so easy access to rear).  Unfortunately, newer ones have done away with 2 of the rear row anchor points.

The Multivan is a great car with the same configuration as the older CGV.  It's what we'll probably get next.

#11 poodle may

Posted 18 December 2011 - 07:10 AM

We're expecting #5 too and our eldest is 7, so in an anchored booster.

We have a Mitsubishi Delica 7 seater. It's a 2/2/3 set up so easy to walk right through from the front to the back (I love this feature).

It's not a new car though, but a grey import. It's also 4WD.

I think it came with 3 anchor points, but we had another two fitted which was easy enough.

The back row is a bit squishy so we have to have two slimer seats to fit in with a larger one.

#12 hyacint18

Posted 07 January 2013 - 10:34 PM

We also have nissan elgrand , its good and reliable, my only problem was putting the car seat arranging it properly,I dont see where to hook it, anyone here can help me please?

Edited by hyacint18, 07 January 2013 - 10:34 PM.


#13 natr6

Posted 25 January 2013 - 02:21 PM

I bought a Hyundai Imax. it's a 8 seater and has loads of room. I had extra anchor points fitted in the back. So now I have 5 anchor points. At $100 ea.


#14 Lucky*Mum

Posted 26 January 2013 - 04:40 PM

natr6 - We are about to purchase an Imax! Can i please ask where abouts your extra anchor points were fitted?
I know i can get a CRAB bar installed but would prefer extra points in the floor or roof if possible original.gif
Also are the ISOFIX points in the middle row only?

I'm so looking forward to our new car!

#15 -Moxie-

Posted 02 February 2013 - 11:46 PM

5-for-now I think it depends on which state you are in as to where they will put the anchor points.

As with natr6 Im in WA and our extra points are on the floor behind the rear seats. Some states require a CRABar.

There are 2 isofix points only on the middle row.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Share the little things that make you smile

We're giving away a Mountain Buggy nano, the ultimate travel stroller - and here are some of the great entries so far.

Toddler pleads for return of "stolen" nose

A two-year-old's reaction to a game of "got your nose" shows it doesn't take much to make a toddler cry.

The 15 photos new parents share (and five they don't)

From the first scan photo to the baby covered in cake at their first birthday party, there are 15 photos most parents seem to share - and some they don't.

Doctor sings first Happy Birthday to newborns

His job is to deliver babies, but this US obstetrician also has a unique way of celebrating the miracle of life.

Breastfeeding friendly café goes viral

A photo of a breastfeeding-friendly sign in a cafe has been posted to Facebook and shared by hundreds of mums around the world.

First look at the Bugaboo Bee3

The newest Bugaboo Bee ? the Bee3 ? offers a variety of improved features, including a much asked-for bassinet and a rainbow of colour combinations.

Childcare costs, not paid leave, the real issue for parents

Given the choice between maintaining their wage for six months to have a child, or having a reduced rate of pay for a time but a better deal on childcare when returning to work, there are no odds on what most working parents would choose.

Win a Mountain Buggy nano

We?re giving away the new Mountain Buggy Nano - the lightweight travel buggy! So show us the little things that make you smile for your chance to win.

We lost three babies in two years

Our first pregnancy ended the way we all expected it to - with a healthy, happy baby in our arms. What a true blessing he was, for we were not to know the heartache we were about endure.

Family turned back from doomed flight MH17

'There must have been someone watching over us and saying, 'You must not get on that flight,' says mother who narrowly avoided boarding the Malaysian Airlines flight which exploded in mid-air over the Ukraine last night.

The myths and facts about "normal" breastfeeding

When it comes to successful breastfeeding, there is a wide variety to what is "normal", according to new research.

Adorable Skeanie loafers for kids

Your little toddler or preschooler can now get their nautical on with a new range of classic loafers by Australian show brand Skeanie.

My baby is hypermobile

For months, I have been telling myself not to worry that Jasmin isn't crawling or walking. This week I heard the term hypermobile for the first time.

When you don?t bond with your baby

They say that there is no bond greater than the bond between a mother and her child. But for some women, the mother-baby bond takes more time and effort to develop.

Yumi Stynes: Having a baby after a 10-year break

After a long break, Yumi Stynes gets a reminder of the pain - and the pleasure - of giving birth.

Grieving father asks for help to Photoshop his daughter's image

When Nathan Steffel's daughter Sophia died from a liver condition at just 6 weeks old, he reached out for someone to create a beautiful image of his little girl.

Raising kids in a 'low media' home

Can you imagine a life without TV or computers? Some parents are opting for a low-tech, screen-free life for their kids.

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

Win a Mountain Buggy nano

We?re giving away the new Mountain Buggy Nano - the lightweight travel buggy! So show us the little things that make you smile for your chance to win.

Be careful what you say, your baby is listening

The importance of speaking to your baby even if they are not old enough to answer back has been highlighted by new research.

The beautiful moment a baby was born at the side of a road

It's not where she expected to give birth, but mum Corrine Cinatl is delighted that her daughter's roadside arrival was captured in a series of beautiful photos.

Doctor sings first Happy Birthday to newborns

His job is to deliver babies, but this US obstetrician also has a unique way of celebrating the miracle of life.

The Nappy Collective starts new drive

It's that time of year when the dedicated volunteers at The Nappy Collective do their bit to help out mums and children in need - and they need your help.

Baby shower cake wrecks

From misshapen cake babies to questionable text, from odd colour choices to internal organ recreation, these are the baby shower cakes that taste forgot.

Photographer captures the beauty of adoption

The love of a family is usually tough to capture on camera. This is an exception.

Pregnancy progression photo ideas

Want to record your pregnancy as your belly grows? Here are some creative, fun ideas for photo shoots along the way.

The myths and facts about "normal" breastfeeding

When it comes to successful breastfeeding, there is a wide variety to what is "normal", according to new research.

Tin can craft and DIY ideas

Got a few old formula, Milo or coffee cans around the house? Use these fantastic upcycling ideas to create items for around the house and yard.

Dads meet their newborn for the first time

Emotional photos of two fathers meeting their newborn son have resonated with viewers worldwide, attracting thousands of Facebook likes and shares.

Skin safety isn't just a summer worry

Lax about the slip slop slap with your kids as weather turns cooler? Here's a reminder as to why we have to remain vigilant for our children?s future health.

Personalised baby gifts

We've scoured the internet to find gorgeous personalised keepsakes and nursery decor to record baby name and dates. They make great gifts for christenings, name days and birthdays! (All prices in AU.)

Creative sleeping baby photoshoots

See how some parents and photographers have captured sleeping babies in unusual positions and using different props.

DIY kitchen and food hacks

DIY your way to a better kitchen and make cooking easier with our clever hacks. (Some content reproduced with permission from mashable.com.)

Winter warmers for babies and toddlers

Your baby or toddler will be nice and snug in these beautiful and fun winter pieces. Most are hand-made or knitted, and they're all designed to keep your little one toastie - and adorable!

 

Mind, body, beauty, life

Making time for me

We look at your wellbeing, covering health, relationships, beauty and fashion, mind and body.

 
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.