Safe, comfy and easy to fit, this Group 2/3 car seat has great features, but there's a price tag to match
If you thought you were leaving gadgets, adjustments, and long car naps behind now you’ve moved onto a Group 2/3 car seat, think again. The Concord Transformer XT is amazingly comfortable, adjustable and reclines at the touch of a button.
The Concord Transformer XT car seat has a side impact protector system with headrest and shoulder protectors that can be adjusted at the touch of a button, thanks to the unique gas hydraulic system. The same hydraulics are used for the recline facility meaning even a hefty 11-year-old can be moved into a more comfortable snooze position with the push of a button. It's suitable from 15kg to 36kg, and is advertised as being suitable from 3 years, (depending on your child).
The twin-fix adaptors click out quickly and easily, instantly securing the seat firmly to the car if you have ISOFIX. This, combined with the closed shell whole body protection, side impact double shells and the seat belt guides, makes the Concord Transformer XT undeniably secure.
What we love
My 3-year-old son Finn was excited to try out his new ‘aeroplane seat’ (Grandpa had nicknamed it, astounded at how booster seats had changed over the years). I was sharing my dad’s concerns that this might well be overkill for a Group 2/3 car seat, until we set off on our journey to the station and within 10 minutes Finn was snoring gently in the back of the car.
The super comfy head rest with pillow-like softness literally envelopes your child’s head, and with the recline facility there was no stopping Finn’s eyelids from drooping - despite the fact I can count on one hand the number of daytime naps he’s had in the past six months!
The adjustments are very easy, although it’s worth playing around with the car seat before you first install it, as the hydraulics do need a bit of a prime to start working, as the manual explains.
Although the Concord Transformer XT is huge and very heavy, you can feel completely confident that this is as close as you can get to wrapping your 3-11 year old in cotton wool, at least while they’re in the car.
What to watch out for
This is the mother of all Group 2/3 car seats and hand in hand with great comfort, ease of use and safety comes its downfalls: it’s expensive, big and heavy.
If you have a large car, and don’t plan to move it around, the size and weight of the Concord Transformer XT are not a problem. And with washable covers and a huge age range (it adjusts to fit your child snugly from 3 – 11), you can get a lot of years out of your investment. But while my 3-year-old is happy to sit in this car seat, my 9-year-old goddaughter was less convinced. Her mum thought by the age of about 7 most children would probably want to sit on a regular booster cushion.
Who is the Concord Transformer XT best for?
Mums of with a large family car after a snooze-friendly, quality car seat that doesn’t need to be moved.
The Concord Transformer XT is an all-singing, all-dancing car seat with a price tag (and weight) to match. It does everything you could wish for, and it does it easily. It’s super safe and little ones love it. Whether you’d keep your child in it as he or she got older is up for debate.