In a nutshell

An excellent car seat that's not cheap but feels safe and comfortable. It boasts great features, such as the belt hook system, the reclining mechanism and the AirProtect.

What we tested

  • Ease of installing
    A star rating of 5.0 out of 5.
  • Comfort
    A star rating of 4.0 out of 5.
  • Safety features
    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.
  • Style
    A star rating of 4.0 out of 5.
  • Durability
    A star rating of 4.0 out of 5.
  • Worth the money
    A star rating of 3.5 out of 5.
Overall Rating
A star rating of 4.2 out of 5.


  • Stabilising top tether, one-handed recline even with child seated, easy-to-use seat height adjuster changes seat width at same time


  • Backrest doesn't detachable from base - good to prevent use as a booster but not handy for storage, not cupholder



Maxi-Cosi has released two new Group 2/3 car seats, the Fero and the ISOFIX option FeroFix. I tried out the Fero, and although more expensive than many brands and models, including Maxi-Cosi’s own Rodi, it’s a good looking, decently padded car seat that has lots of reassuring, built-in Maxi-Cosi safety features.

Similar in design to the Rodi, the Maxi-Cosi Fero has a few valuable features that, in my view, beat the Rodi hands down. It’s even easier to fit using a standard 3-point seatbelt, with a wonderful shoulder belt slot and an easy-to-buckle design. The recline works decently.

The Fero also boasts Maxi-Cosi’s ‘AirProtect’ technology, which is air padding in the headrest that supposedly absorbs and reduces impact force during a collision.

What we love

The Fero car seat didn’t disappoint. However minor it sounds, many of you will know what I mean when I say I love the fact that the belt is easy to buckle. The seat is cleverly designed to give an extra cutaway area, which means you really can see the car’s safety buckle. Having recently had an abdominal operation, the fact that I didn’t have to bend doubled over just to try to see where to click in the buckle was a very welcome feature!

I really, really love the cleverly designed shoulder belt slot (‘belt hook system’). There’s no problem to get it in correctly, and the simple well-designed feed doesn’t allow a twist or demand a sweaty struggle to get it in and out. What a relief!

I also love the fact that there’s an ISOFIX version (the FeroFix). Costing a little more, but not a huge amount extra (£175 instead of £150), many people like the extra stabilising effect of ISOFIX car seats.

For those who don’t want ISOFIX, the Fero has a good, strong headrest tether (‘safety anchor’) that gives that little extra security. I did have to break hard once and it seemed to hold the top end of the Fero seat very securely.

The seat’s height adjustor is a doddle and increases seat width effectively at the same time.

What to watch out for

My son loves that he can lean down and relatively easily unlock the belt. This is possible with many car seats, but not all. It’s not a problem for us because he never tries to unbuckle when we’re moving, but he loves to be in control of it when we’ve stopped. Probably worth mentioning for those who have younger ones and ‘issues’ in this area!

The cover isn’t machine washable. It comes off, like many Group 2/3 car seats, in parts that can be hand washed or sponged down. However, there is a washable summer cover accessory available.

Who is the Maxi-Cosi Fero car seat best for?

Parents after a user-friendly seat that’s easily swapped between cars without ISOFIX.


MadeForMums verdict

The Maxi-Cosi Fero is an excellent, safe and comfortable car seat that appears to be carefully designed for both safety and ease of use. With a height adjustor that’s straightforward and effective to use, it’s a flexible option that feels durable, too.

Product Specifications

Suitable for
Child age (approx)4 years to 12 years
Dimensions & Weight
Removeable cover for washingYes
Side crash protectionYes
Recline positions1
Height adjustible headrestYes
Optional extrasWashable summer cover,Pocket Universal Holder,Travel Buddies