Maxi-Cosi CabrioFix

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In a nutshell

Safe with side impact protection and creates a travel system for many pushchairs

  • Pros

    Great safety record, creates a travel system for many pushchairs, looks cool

  • Cons

    Difficult to wash, expensive

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Our review

The attractive Maxi-Cosi CabrioFix is a rear facing group 0+ car seat for babies up to 13kg, around the age of about 12-15 months. 

It has side-impact protection, a 3-point harness, multi-position carry handle that can fold right down at the back to stabilise the seat when not in the car, and a clever integral sunshade.

The CabrioFix also clicks neatly into a large number of pushchairs, making it travel system compatible.

You can buy the Maxi-Cosi CabrioFix car seat on Amazon, at John Lewis, Halfords or at Mothercare, if you you like it. 

How do you install the Maxi-Cosi CabrioFix car seat?

The CabrioFix can be fitted into most cars with a regular 3-point seatbelt, but you also have the option to buy an EasyFix base, which allows you to install the seat with the car seat belt or ISOFIX points, making clicking in and out of the car very simple.  Like the CabrioFix seat, this base can be used from birth to 13kg.

There’s also an ISOFIX only compatible base, the FamilyFix, which connects to ISOFIX points, has 5 recline positions and can be used from birth with the CabrioFix and then up to around 4 years, with the Maxi-Cosi 2WayPearl car seat.  

What's it like taking your newborn baby home from the hospital in the Maxi-Cosi CabroFix infant car seat?

When planning for that first car trip back from hospital with your precious newborn, safety is your ultimate concern.   But my babies hate the car: both Finn and Noah had the ability to scream for as long as I drove, however, the seat has an instant sleep-inducing quality, it's the only seat my babies were content in.

My sons looked so snug and secure in the seat, and you can alter to fit your child with the adjustable seat belt positions, depth and use of the padded head hugger.

But it’s also nice to get something that your baby will look cool in, and the CabrioFix is a great looking car seat, with a nice range of colour options.

Is the Maxi-Cosi CabrioFix car seat travel system compatible?

Yes it is, with many different buggies but it's best to check the pushchair is compatible beforehand, if you intend to use it as part of a travel system.  

It's also worth noting you will need to buy separate adaptors (£22.99). 

I used it first time around with my Bugaboo and now have a (slightly cumbersome) attachment to click the seat into my Phil & Teds.

Is the CabriFix car seat easy to clean? 

Not really.  The practicality of not being able to put a baby car seat cover in the washing machine is a real downside for me.

In fact, as a sleep-deprived mother of a reflux-y newborn, the car seat care instructions weren’t something I had time to read, let alone abide by.

It went in the wash and has looked tatty and un-hemmed ever since. It’s quite a struggle getting it on and off, too.

Is the Maxi-Cosi CabrioFix car seat affordable?

It’s not a cheap option – the seat itself is over £135 and if you go for the EasyFix base option that’s another £130.

And if you want it to form part of a travel system you have to buy the attachments that go on your particular buggy, another £22.99.

So all-in-all it'll set you back around £288, and last 12 months.  As far as infant car seats go, that is about the average price parents spend on an infant car seat, with the cheapest being £80 (without a base) and the most expensive infant car seat being around £345 (with ISOFIX base).  

Who is the Maxi-Cosi CabrioFix best for?

Safety yet style conscious mums who want to make their pushchairs more flexible.

MadeForMums verdict

A great looking, super safe car seat that’s very flexible and attaches to a number of popular buggy chassis.

It might not be the simplest to keep clean and is definitely not the budget option, but if you’re in and out of the car regularly and can afford to splash out on all the accessories, it’s a car seat that could make your life much easier.

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