Maxi-Cosi AxissFix Plus car seat review

Our rating 
4.8 out of 5 star rating 4.8
User rating
£399.00 RRP
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In a nutshell

This is a fantastic car seat with lots of good safety features. It is easy to fit, comfortable and versatile offering many years of use
Ease of installing
5.0 out of 5 rating 5.0
Comfort
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Safety features
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Style
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Durability
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Worth the money
4.0 out of 5 rating 4.0
Pros: Robust, easy to install, easy to use, forward and rear facing, suitable from birth through to 4 years, plush furnishings
Cons: Not portable/compatible with a buggy
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With its solid reputation based on more than 30 years of child car seat research, it’s no wonder that Maxi-Cosi is one of the most recognized car seat brands out there. It is continually innovating and the Maxi-Cosi AxissFix Plus is an updated version of its Maxi-Cosi Axiss seat.  The Maxi-Cosi AxissFix Plus provides top safety performance by complying with the latest i-Size regulations, and also has a 360 degree seat rotation. It can only be used rear facing until your child is 87cm (about 2 years old).

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i-Size car seats are safer because they:

The car seat is designed to be used from birth (45cms) to approximately 4 years (105 cms). My daughter is very tall, so I do not think the seat would last for the full 4 years, but I do think it would last her for her early toddler years.

The Maxi-Cosi AxissFix Plus is comparable to the Cybex Sirona S i-Size  (£300) and the Britax-römer-dualfix i-Size (£430).

Tested by:

Becky is a first time mum to Lily (born November 2018) and lives in London with her husband.

First impressions of the Maxi-Cosi AxissFix Plus car seat:

Very good first impressions. It feels strong and durable and uses soft materials for the child’s comfort.

What do you think of the design?

It is a very sleek yet functional design. It looks attractive and is available in 6 colours.

How easy is it to install the

Maxi-Cosi AxissFix Plus car seat?

It is incredibly easy to install in a car and it was securely fitted in a few minutes. The instructions are detailed in pictures on the car seat, and there are numbers on the back of the unit to show the order of attachment. All is clear, simple and easy.

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How effective is the harness?

The 5 point integral safety harness is fantastic. It is very easy to strap in the child. The straps can be easily adjusted and secured with a one-hand harness adjuster.  There are very handy hooks at either side of the seat to loop the straps while putting the child into the seat, by maintaining wide open straps, and avoiding getting the straps caught.

The harness is very comfortable, with plush materials, which are soft against the child and has anti-slip pads as an additional safety feature.  I think the harness is a very appealing feature of the carseat.

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Does the Maxi-Cosi AxissFix Plus car seat have different seat positions and does it recline?

There are 7 seat positions to allow the seat to grow with the child. Whilst the new-born insert can be used from birth, the headrest can be adjusted to allow for a growing child. There are 4 recline positions.

How useful is the rotating function?

This is a very useful and easy to use function.  The rotating feature allows you to easily place the child in and out of the seat whilst leaning into the car, without having to bend around the seat (either forwards or rear facing). I think the rotating function is a very attractive feature for this seat.

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What are the Maxi-Cosi AxissFix Plus car seat’s main safety features?

The seat integrates a number of safety features:

  • i-Size safety R129
  • ISOFIX and top tether attachment for a secure installation
  • Headrest with high performance impact-absorbing material for extra protection of the head in case of lateral impact
  • 5-point integral safety harness to ensure highly secure restraint of the child
  • Anti-slip harness pads for high restraint performance in case of frontal impact
  • A.S.B system (Automatic Safety Belt) to maintain the perfect connection of the base and the seat together
  • Indicators to monitor the correct installation of ISOFIX anchors
  • Indicator to monitor the correct tightening of the Top Tether Genera

Does it feel secure and sturdy?

Very much so. The seat is extremely secure when fitted. The ISOFIX and top tether ensure that there are multiple points of support for increased security. The unit is made of very strong materials and it feels very sturdy when secured in place.  The rotating mechanism also feels very sturdy.

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How comfortable is the seat?

The seat is very well padded and covered in soft material. My daughter was extremely comfortable in the seat. She fell asleep within a few minutes of driving and the comfortable straps allowed her to sleep easily.

How comfortable would it be a child at the upper age limit for rear-facing seats?

It is a legal requirement for all children to be rear facing until 15 months, though this seat is suitable for up to 20 months (87 cm). A tall 15+ month old may find the rear facing setting lacks leg room.

How easy is it to get the seat in and out of the car, and to swap between cars?

Whilst it is an easy install into a car, the weight of the seat (over 12kg) means it is not an easy seat to move between cars. The seat has been designed to be installed in one vehicle and not moved constantly between cars. That being said, it is not difficult to attach and detach.

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How heavy is the Maxi-Cosi AxissFix Plus car seat?

The seat weighs over 12kg, making it less appealing to transport and travel.  It is designed for installation in one vehicle, and not transported from car to car.

Is it easy to clean?

All plastic is wipe clean and the cover and shoulder pads can be removed for washing.  Washing instructions are included.

What feature do you like most?

The rotating function is very appealing as it saves your back when putting your child in and makes strapping them in so much easier.

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Any criticisms?

The ‘fixed’ nature of the seat means that the baby would always need to be placed in and taken out of the car seat, as opposed to the car seat removed and the child remains inside.  In the early months, this could be viewed as a downside

Who is the product most suited for?

I think the seat is appropriate for all ages as the new-born insert ensures that young babies are securely fastened in and the adjustable headrest and ability to switch from rear to forward facing means the seat will grow with the child.

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Is the Maxi-Cosi AxissFix Plus car seat good value?

Yes, I think so. It is extremely well made, durable, comfortable for the child and offers great safety features. If using from birth, this would be a good investment.

What’s in the box?

The car seat comes as one unit, so there is only the car seat in the box.

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Are any accessories needed or available?

Whilst no accessories are necessarily needed to use this seat, additional elements such as back seat protector, summer cover, cup holder and back seat mirror are all available to purchase

What do you wish you had known before using it?

The weight of the unit – 12 kg.

Where can I buy the Maxi-Cosi AxissFix Plus?

It is available from Maxi-Cosi, Mothercare and John Lewis .

MadeForMums verdict

I was extremely impressed with the ease of fitting, the comfort of the seat for my child and the ease of use. I would absolutely recommend this to all. It is a versatile car seat which will last a number of years as it is both rear and forward facing, and comes with a new-born insert, and provides much comfort for the child.

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Product Specifications

Product

Brand Maxi-Cosi
Model AxissFix Plus car seat
Price £399.00

Suitable for

Child age (approx) Birth to 4 years
Child weight Up to 19kg
Child Height 45cm to 105cm

Dimensions & Weight

Weight 12.45kg

Features

iSize compliant Yes
Car seat installation Isofix base
Travel system compatible No
Positions of carry handle None
Removeable cover for washing Yes
Recline positions 4
Height adjustible headrest Yes
Features
  • 360 degree swivel
  • Rear-facing to 2 years
  • Suitable from newborn with inlay
  • I-size compatible

Accessories

Optional extras
  • Back seat protector - £20
  • Back seat car mirror - £15
  • Summer cover - £36
  • Cup holder - £15