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Formerly known as the Mobi, the renamed Budi is a seat that provides all the basics you’d expect from a group 0+ car seat: it has good side impact protection; extra padding for a newborn; a three-point harness and removable canopy. The seat is roomy and deep and offers plenty of protection in the way of removable padding; there’s a head hugger, tummy and chest pads. The canopy is large and sturdy and can be removed. Elsie looked snug in all that padding and had plenty of space to grow. Carrying it around was easy: it’s fairy light and the canopy doesn’t obstruct the large handle. The handle has three positions and can be adjusted by pressing the buttons at the side. It’s also a good shape, so fits well in the car – no need to push the front seat too far forward.
It’s not the overall technical specifications that make this seat stand out it’s the design. With a solid colour on the outside and a bold circle pattern in the middle, it looks fabulous, especially teamed with either the Budi or Cabi travel systems. But, as the old adage goes, looks aren’t everything. It has the standard system of threading the seat belts through the chair, clicking in and threading the rest around the back before tightening to make sure the seat is secure. But the seatbelt slots on the seat are obscured by fabric, so locating them presented the first problem, actually threading them the second. I mastered it in the end, though. It can be used on its own or as part of a Cosatto travel system – I didn’t test this but they come highly recommended by users online.
What we love
The Budi has a certain understated simplicity in terms of design and portability, and looks super funky with its co-ordinating interior pattern of bold circles. There’s nothing complicated about it, it does its job admirably and isn’t cumbersome, so is easy to carry around and transfer from car to chassis of travel system. Teamed with a travel system you get a lot for your money. The car seat – and indeed the whole travel system package – also comes with a four-year guarantee.
What to watch out for
Threading the seatbelt through the obscured slots was annoying at first. Hiding the seatbelt slots under fabric may add to its sleek looks, but does nothing to help out in terms practical usage. I did, however, persevere and am relieved to say that it got easier. Also, the buttons to adjust the handle are a bit stiff and required some effort to move.
Who is the Cosatto Budi best for?
Cool urban parents who’ve opted for the Budi or Cabi travel system
A good-looking seat that completes a modern and affordable travel system. The Budi is lightweight, easy to carry and, one you’ve negotiated the fabric over the seatbelt slots, easy to install. You just need a bit of brute strength to adjust the handle.