Besafe iZi Go vs Maxi-Cosi Cabriofix Car Seat

Maxi Cosi Cabriofix - aerial photo

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Last weekend I had the pleasure of sorting through piles of old baby equipment in the garage..

…something I’ve put off for the last few weeks!

In 2 months time my wife and I are expecting our second baby, so it was time to see what items we could use from our first daughter, Mia.

Surprisingly, most items were still in good shape including Mia’s infant car seat..

..the Maxi Cosi Cabriofix.

Here it is in all its glory (after cleaning off 3 years worth of dust!)

Not too bad really, and we’ll likely be using it for the next 12 months.

There are many car seat options on the market today, but if you’re expecting your first child, your main choices are as follows:

  • Do you go with a convertible car seat which will last from birth until around 4 years old?
  • Or do you choose an infant car seat and replace it after 12 months with something else?

We went for the second option.

My wife and I have been fairly pleased with the Maxi Cosi Cabriofix, but before deciding on whether to use it again, I did have a browse online to see what other infant car seats are available right now.

As far as baby equipment is concerned, 3 years is a long time and there might be some significant improvements in infant car seats that make it worthwhile buying a new one.

One such popular option at the moment is the Besafe Izi Go, which has a lot of good customer feedback, and Besafe have a strong link to Stokke, who make some quality baby products.

In this blog post, let’s take a look at how the Cabriofix compares to the Izi Go.

Overview – Table Comparison

BrandModelFeaturesBuy
Maxi-CosiCabriofix

  • Weight: 3.35kg

  • Child Weight: birth to 13kg

  • Depth: 66cm

  • Height: 57cm

  • Width: 44.5cm

  • Sun canopy included

  • Newborn support insert included

  • Compatible with Maxi-Cosi stroller (and other strollers*)

  • Choice of compatible ISOFIX bases

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BesafeiZi Go Modular X1 i-Size

  • Weight: 4.2kg

  • Child Weight: birth to 13kg

  • Depth: 66cm

  • Height: 59cm

  • Width: 44cm

  • Extra large sun canopy included

  • i-size compatible

  • 5 point harness

  • Newborn Hugger™ - stability and support for newborn babies

  • Compatible with a range of strollers*

  • Choice of compatible ISOFIX and i-Size bases

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*You’ll need to purchase adaptors separately.

Detailed Comparison – Cabriofix vs Pebble

Weight

WINNER – Cabriofix

The Cabriofix is almost a kilo lighter, which is a big plus. If you’re carrying your baby a fair distance from your car to your home, it will make a difference, especially as each month passes and they get bigger.

Size

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No real winner here. The Cabriofix is fractionally shorter, but overall both car seats are essentially the same size.

Design

WINNER – Izi Go

The Izi Go is a newer model than the Cabriofix and it possesses some superior features.  The Newborn Hugger™ is an improvement over Maxi-Cosi’s newborn insert. It offers extra stability and support.

Furthermore, the sun canopy is larger and it does a better job at keeping your entire baby in the shade. The Cabriofix sun canopy doesn’t quite cover enough of the car seat which can be a problem depending on the position of the sun.

Also, with the Izi Go there are some magnetic belt assistants to make it easier to get your baby in and out of the car seat.

Safety

WINNER – Izi Go

Both options are fine and perfectly safe for your newborn baby. However the Izi Go is i-size compatible  (i-size is an EU regulation brought in 2013), which makes car seats a bit easier to install, provides better protection from side impacts and keep babies in the rear facing position for longer (up to 15 months – rather than 12). The 5 point harness also helps protect the baby more in side impacts.

Ease of cleaning

WINNER – Izi Go

The only gripe I have with the Cabriofix is trying to clean it.

I cleaned the cover last week, but it took me ages to figure out how to take it off, and putting it back was a challenge too. It might just be me and my clumsy hands, but other customers seem to have issues with it too. Furthermore, it’s handwash only.

The Izi Go is machine washable and it’s less of a hassle to take the cover off.

How long do they last?

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Both options are suitable from birth until your baby reaches 13kg. But if you use i-Size with the Izi Go you might get a couple more months out of your car seat in the rear facing position.

Compatibility

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The Cabriofix will fit with Maxi-Cosi strollers, but if you’re thinking of buying another brand of stroller, you’ll need car seat adaptors. We purchased the Silver Cross Wayfarer when we had Mia, and it came with the right adaptors for Maxi-Cosi. They were very easy to use. The Izi Go will also work with most travel systems from the leading brands.

Price

WINNER – Cabriofix

The Cabriofix is a winner if you’re on a budget as it’s a cheaper option compared to the Izi Go. However, being an older model it doesn’t have quite as many features. You have to weigh up what is best for you and your baby.

Installation

WINNER – Izi Go

Both options are compatible with a variety of ISOFIX bases which can be attached to the car fairly easily. However, the Izi Go just wins this category as you have the advantage of using it with an i-size base, providing you another way to safely install the car seat.

Which one is more popular?

WINNER – Cabriofix

If you look at the chart below, you’ll see the Cabriofix gets considerable more monthly searches online than the Izi Go.

Chart showing the monthly search volume for the Maxi-Cosi Cabriofix and the Besafe iZi Go Modular X1 i-Size car seats.

It is at a lower price point though which might mean it has slightly more appeal to the mass market.

Maxi Cosi Cabriofix

Documentation

For the instructions => CLICK HERE

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Well priced
  • Compatible with most leading brands of pushchairs
  • Choice of ISOFIX bases to go with.
  • Side impact protection

Cons

  • Not easy to clean
  • No raincover included
  • Sun canopy doesn’t fully protect the baby.

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Besafe Izi Go Modular X1 i-Size

Documentation

For the instructions => CLICK HERE

Pros

  • Compatible with most leading brands of pushchairs
  • ISOFIX and i-size compatible
  • Side impact protection
  • Extra-large sun canopy

Cons

  • No raincover included.
  • Quite expensive.

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What else should you consider?

Is it compatible with my car?

It’s so easy to overlook this, especially for new parents. Chances are you’ll be fine, but it’s best to check with the manufacturer just in case

For Maxi-Cosi, they have an online tool for this.

And here’s a car list for the Izi Go.

What’s the main difference between the Cabriofix and Izi Go?

The i-Size feature of the Izi Go is arguably the main difference, conforming to newer EU regulations and allowing your baby to sit in the safer, rear-facing position for longer.

In terms of size, the Cabriofix isn’t as tall, but the Izi Go is narrower which makes it more comfortable if you’re travelling with other passengers.

Aside from that, the Izi Go has some feature upgrades over the Cabriofix. The sun canopy is better, it’s easier to clean and it’s easier to get your baby in and out.

Bottom Line

WINNER – Izi Go

If you’re on a tighter budget, the Cabriofix is a good, safe option that my wife and I would recommend to any parent.

However, I have to admit, I would probably opt for the Besafe Izi Go if I had the choice now. Yes, it’s a little more expensive, but the i-Size option is a big improvement, as this looks like the future of car seat safety in the EU.

As I mentioned above, cleaning the Cabriofix and removing the cover is not as easy as it should be, and the sun canopy doesn’t quite cover all of your baby’s body (depending on the sun position).

So, for me, the Izi Go is the winner!

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