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The Solution Z i-Fix has been created by German company Cybex – known for producing car seats, baby carriers, children’s furniture and strollers.
The company prides itself on comfort and safety features and to that end, the Solution Z i-Fix car seat – part of the premium Platinum Collection – fits in well with the brand’s other products.
The Cybex Solution Z i-Fix is a winner of a Red Dot Award 2019, praised for its ergonomic design, high user-friendliness and optimised safety features that, above all, protect a child’s head.
Puneet tested the Cybex Solution Z i-Fix with her daughter Tara, who is 5 years old.
The Cybex Solution Z i-Fix is pleasant to look at, although I wasn’t too keen on the bright orange and red colour (Autumn Gold), but the seat’s cushioning does immediately strike as comfortable and plush. As well as Autumn Gold, it’s available in black (available on Amazon) and grey.
How does the Cybex Solution Z i-Fix car seat compare to other Group 2/3 seats?
It’s a little pricier than others in the same category, but it’s very comfortable and it has great safety features, which for me, outweighs the cost. My daughter and I love how soft the fabric is and how easy it is for her to climb in and out.
What age is this car seat suitable for?
The Cybex Solution Z i-Fix is suitable from the age of 3 until the age of 12, or until the child reaches 150cm in height. I tested it on my 5-year-old daughter, Tara, as well as my 8-year-old daughter, Mili. It was equally comfortable for both, so it’s great if you’re hoping to use it for children of different sizes and ages.
How does the Cybex Solution Z i-Fix install in the car?
You can use isofix or a car seatbelt to install the seat.
- It goes into the car via isofix and it was really easy to slot in – it has green indicator lights to ensure you’ve installed it correctly
- It can also be fitted with a seatbelt – useful if you want to switch it between cars, such as a grandparent’s car, which doesn’t have isofix points
Does it feel securely installed, once in place?
It feels very safe and secure once it has been clicked into the isofix points.
How is strapping your child into the Cybex Solution Z i-Fix car seat?
Putting the seatbelt on requires a bit of leaning over like any car seat of this type, but the seatbelt threads through the plastic guide on the side of the chair smoothly and it means it doesn’t sit against your child’s neck, which is brilliant. A neat hook system ensures the belt doesn’t accidentally come out either.
However, attaching the Linear Side-Impact Protection (LSP) pads correctly to the sides took around 20 attempts and lots of checking of the instructions. These are designed to increase safety in the event of a side-impact collision, and once attached, the seat, and my daughter, felt really snug, safe and secure.
What do you think of the design?
The design of the Cybex Solution Z i-Fix is eye-catching. The Autumn Gold colour was a little bright for my taste, but it is available in other colours too. The seat looks and feels very high-quality, plush and comfortable.
Does the Cybex Solution Z i-Fix feel sturdy and safe?
It definitely feels safe and substantial – once secured with isofix it hardly budged at all. Plus, with such a plush exterior, it gives you the added satisfaction of knowing your child is super comfy, which is good.
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Does the Cybex Solution Z i-Fix car seat car seat recline?
The backrest reclines easily as you recline the actual seat of the car. And as a bonus, the Cybex Z i-Fix has a patented headrest reclining feature, which is really easy to use (even one-handed) and it means your child’s head won’t flop forward when asleep in the car.
If you can, how do you adjust the height/size of the Cybex Solution Z i-Fix as your child grows?
It is easy to pull the headrest up to adjust it to your growing child. In fact, there is an automatic height and width adjustment – a total of 12 positions – so it is very flexible and adaptable and it’s all achievable with a one-hand operation.
How comfortable is the Cybex Solution Z i-Fix for your child?
The comfort factor was excellent – it is the softest and most comfortable car seat I have ever used and with 4 children, I have seen a fair few!
What are the Cybex Solution Z i-Fix car seat’s main safety features?
- The optimised Linear Side-impact Protection System (LSP) absorbs impact from side-on collisions
- The Solution Z-Fix has the LSP System Plus, which offers increased safety of around 25% in the event of a side-impact collision by reducing the force of impact with its energy-absorbing shell
- The Cybex safety pads are part of the headrest and cleverly guide the child’s head into a safe position during an accident.
What did you think of the LSP protection?
This is a brilliant feature of the Cyber Solution Z i-Fix – it looked effective once attached and it made me feel safe in the knowledge that should there be a collision, my child’s head would be protected.
How bulky and heavy is the Cybex Solution Z i-Fix car seat?
The size of the seat is standard for most car seats aimed at ages 3 to 12. And the car seat isn’t that heavy at 7.2kg. I managed to lift it in and out of different cars easily on my own.
Is it easy to clean the Cybex Solution Z i-Fix car seat?
The fabric of the car seat is made from a breathable material with ventilation channels that run through the backrest and seat components. Heat is circulated and the seat remains at a comfortable temperature, even on hot days, which is a nifty extra.
The fabric does mark fairly easily but it is wipe-clean which helps. It can also be removed to be machine washed for tougher stains, which is always a welcome feature when children are concerned.
What feature do you like most in the Cybex Solution Z i-Fix car seat?
The reclining headrest was by far the best feature for me – it’s really easily reclined and a much comfier position for a sleeping child.
Is the Cybex Solution Z i-Fix good value?
It is not the cheapest car seat in the market, but considering it has an excellent lifespan, covering ages 3-12, it’s extremely comfortable, has a reclining, adjustable headrest and side impact protection, I think it is great value for money.
Where can I buy the Cybex Solution Z i-Fix car seat?
What’s in the box?
The car seat and instructions.
Would you recommend this car seat?
Yes, for comfort and safety, it is unbeatable.
The Cybex Solution Z i-Fix is a great car seat to purchase if you are looking for one that will grow with your child. If you go on long journeys, your child will thank you for it as it has a comfortable, adjustable seat and unbeatable safety features.
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|Model||Solution Z i-Fix|
Dimensions & Weight
|Child age (approx)||3 years to 12 years|
|Child weight||15kg to 36kg|
|Child Height||100cm to 150cm|
|Car seat installation||Isofix base and seat belt|
|Travel system compatible||No|
|Removeable cover for washing||Yes|
|Side crash protection||Yes|
|Height adjustible headrest||Yes|