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    Re: Would BMW X5 fit 3 carseats?

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    Now that I'm not on my phone--

    I have the baby behind the passenger (he's two, but still the baby ). I didn't like the Radian RF behind the driver as the driver's seat moves when you unlock the door and it would push on the seat. I did have the Radian RF behind the passenger seat but it's tight, and I really dislike the Radian RF.

    Current setup is ProSport behind the driver, Radian in the middle and CCO behind the passenger. The ProSport is in harnessed mode, this picture was when we got it and were trying it out




    You could also very easily do a FF Marathon/Boulevard outboard with a Radian FF in the center and a RF seat next do it.

    We had this setup for awhile (FF Marathon, RF Coccoro, FF Safety 1st Complete Air)


    And this one (Britax Parkway booster, RF Coccoro, RF Radian)


    And this one, although I didn't like the Radian RF in the center (and DD's seatbelt isn't in the belt guide of her booster yet)


    This was our setup for ages (RF Radian, RF Coccoro, RF Complete Air)


    Then we turned the Complete Air FF when the oldest outgrew it RF


    And when she outgrew it FF, we got a Graco Turbo booster for her


    The Britax Parkway also fit with that arrangement.

    Thanks so much for all pictures. It may sound strange but I got to ask. Are other brands as safe as Britax?

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    There is no one seat that is any safer than the next. They all pass the same minimum tests and every seat out there, be it a $45 Cosco Scenera or a $300 Britax, is presumed to be equally safe.

    There are features that are theoretically safer, like extra side-impact wings or a steel reinforced frame, but nothing definite that let's us say yeah that's safer.

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    Re: Would BMW X5 fit 3 carseats?

    Quote Originally Posted by An Aurora View Post
    There is no one seat that is any safer than the next. They all pass the same minimum tests and every seat out there, be it a $45 Cosco Scenera or a $300 Britax, is presumed to be equally safe.

    There are features that are theoretically safer, like extra side-impact wings or a steel reinforced frame, but nothing definite that let's us say yeah that's safer.

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    Yeah, this. Britax has amazing advertising, but nothing makes them safer than any other brand.

    On a PERSONAL note, I like seats with steel reinforced frames such as the radian, nautilus, etc.

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    Re: Would BMW X5 fit 3 carseats?

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    Ooh, have you considered getting a third row in the x5?
    Went to the dealership to test drive the X5 today. Per car manual, you can't put the car seats on the third row.

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    Re: Would BMW X5 fit 3 carseats?

    Right, they don't want harnessed seats back there. Not sure why. We are moving up to a 3rd row soon and I plan on putting my two oldest back there, in boosters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by moonsky

    Went to the dealership to test drive the X5 today. Per car manual, you can't put the car seats on the third row.
    That's.... Peculiar... Anyone care to call BMW to find out why? I'm not arguing, just super curious now..

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    Re: Would BMW X5 fit 3 carseats?

    It's odd, but not unique to BMW. Several other cars, including the Volvo XC90 and (older) Acura MDX for example, have the same rule.
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    Re: Would BMW X5 fit 3 carseats?

    I just test drove an older model X5 either 05 or 06 and was able to put in my 3 seats (Britax Boulevard FF, Cobmi Kobuk with back and peg perigo infant seat) it was tight but fit. would be better to get a seat belt extender for the booster since that could be a challenge. We ended up going with an LR3 since it fit the seats even better and the cargo area was much more conducive for travel. My husband is 6' 4" and I am 5' 10" and we were both able to sit comfortably in both vehicles as well. Good luck...I have also been told that the 5 series BMW is wider and will fit 3 seats across more comfortably than the X5, I have not tried it but that's what I was told from our dealership!

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    Re: Would BMW X5 fit 3 carseats?

    Hi and welcome

    It certainly can be a tight squeeze to buckle the booster in a tight three-across, but seatbelt extenders aren't recommended.

    I'm not sure why the dealer would tell you the 5-series is wider? It's several inches narrower than the X5 and it has the same side bolster issue. I will say that my brother-in-law's Ford Focus had a smidge more room than my X5 as it doesn't have the bolsters. So even though it's narrower, it has more room since the bolsters cut down the usable space in the X by about 8".
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    Re: Would BMW X5 fit 3 carseats?

    The Mercedes ML350 is having an all new model coming out in a few months. I'd wait if you're gonna consider it. It's supposed to be about the same size tho.

    The R series... just buy a minivan. Or get the MDX. There's a reason they're heavily discounted. Dorkier than a minivan but more expensive.

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    Re: Would BMW X5 fit 3 carseats?

    Oh, and while you're at it, you may as well consider the Audi Q7. People shopping btw BMW and Mercedes often forget about Audi, altho that's becoming less of a problem now.

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