Bottom Gear: which car is best for nappy-changing?

Nappy cream brand Sudocrem conducted the very, very serious poll…

best cars for changing nappies


Changing baby is never a glamorous job, especially when you’re on the road during rush hour. Making it back home is the ideal but sometimes baby’s surprise parcel just can’t wait. What do you do?! Clear the boot and begin Operation Clean Up!

Of course, some car boots are more baby-changing-friendly than others so Sudocrem, Britain’s number one nappy cream brand, set out to find the best (and the worst) car for this sometimes unavoidable parenting task. They asked a panel of parents to rate their dream vehicle for changing a baby from a choice of ten. If money was no object which one would they choose?

Leading the pack with 35% of the vote is the roomy Range Rover. Not just a pretty face, the Range Rover’s spacious boot area is the perfect makeshift baby-changing facility. The height of a 4X4 makes it easier on your back and one parent commented on the added feeling of safety of the raised trim.

In second is the VW Passat Estate, which again boasts a large boot area with enough room to for changing bags, the kitchen sink and baby! Twenty-nine per cent of parents rated this steady and reliable family car with plenty of space.

Coming in third is the Ford Kuga, Ford’s larger family-friendly SUV. It’s not as spacious as the Range Rover but it’s boot area is definitely big enough to comfortably change baby.

Overall, Volkswagen comes out top as the manufacturer most highly-rated by parents as being baby and family friendly. Asked about their own baby-changing experience, 28% of those surveyed recommended a VW, with the VW Touran, the VW Passat Estate and the VW Golf Estate all getting the thumbs-up.

And at the bottom of the pile? It probably goes without saying that if you have a baby, driving the miniscule Fiat 500 is not a practical choice. The Toyota Yaris, while it may be an economical and compact runaround, is also not at the top of our parents’ list as a baby-changing hero.

So the Sudocrem Bottom Gear Award goes to the chunky Range Rover. What would Jeremy Clarkson say?

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