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Combi designed the Coccoro especially to fit in rear-facing and/or with multiple seats in smaller vehicles. It seems they did a good job. I was able to compare the Coccoro with the narrow Radian and the Britax Roundabout which has similar height and weight requirements and a comparable price.
Fit to child
The Coccoro is designed to fit babies 5-33 lbs rear-facing and 20-40 lbs forward-facing. It fit my 19.5” 8 lb infant very well with the infant padding (required until 15 lbs, allowed until 20). The infant padding is very substantial and changes the whole inside shape of the seat making it fit small babies very well–It actually fit better than some infant seats I have tried and the harness slots are plenty low. The Coccoro also fit my 30 lb toddler very well rear- and forward-facing. My 5 yr old, 45# and 44”, was only less than ½ in over the top slots even though she exceeds the height and weight requirements. It has more height for rear-facing than the Roundabout due to the deep seat, but takes up much less room when used reclined to 45°. I think it would get the average child to at least 30#s rear-facing and to the full 40#s forward-facing. The straps are very smooth and not twisty. The harness pads work even on a newborn, and the padding under the buckle is very nice and looks quite comfy. The seat has deep sides that would seem to provide great SIP without head wings. It has slightly less rear-facing leg room than a Roundabout because of the deep sides, but my toddler didn’t seem to care.
Vehicle Compatibility/Fit in smaller vehicles and three-across
This seat installed well in all the vehicles that I was able to install it in with LATCH where allowed, and the seatbelt.
Rear-facing: It fit rear-facing reclined to 45’ in a Pontiac Vibe behind the driver’s seat with the seat back virtually all the way. It also fit great rear-facing in a 97 Jeep Wrangler, my 4 door 07 Wrangler, Mazda5 and a Kia Rio. The LATCH install is quite easy, though it has the standard, hook-style lower LATCH connectors. The seatbelt install isn’t hard, although you have to pull back the cover to thread the seatbelt. It has an “open” rear-facing belt path which allows the shoulder belt to not be routed through the path eliminating the tipping that many convertibles have. The shoulder belt can be routed behind the seat to provide extra stability–and possibly some safety advantage. This install, however, does not seem practical unless the child can be put in and out of the other side of the seat, such as in a center position. The shoulder belt may be left against the seatback like a typical install. There is also a rear-facing lockoff for this seat and it is required. It is attached to the seat with webbing, not with hardware like a typical lockoff. I did not need any towels or pool noodles for my installs, but they are allowed when used rear-facing.
The forward-facing install was similar to any other convertible except that there is no “prop” or base and there is a built in lockoff for a lap/shoulder belt install. The tether is only for use forward-facing.
Three across is easy and simple to figure out with the Coccoro. The seat is the same width from top to bottom, so the fit is consistent and “puzzling” isn’t necessary. It fit great next to a Radian, and would fit snugly against another Coccoro. It takes up the same space width-wise whether facing rear or forward. It takes up about 3” less space than a Roundabout, for instance, when installed next to the Radian.
I was able to try the Coccoro in several smaller vehicles. Pictured at right is a Honda FIT. Rear-facing the seat was able to be in any backseat position. The seats were able to be moved to the farthest possible position back if the Coccoro was in the center, and about at the half way point if the seat was outboard. Pretty impressive! While I only had one Coccoro to play with according to my measurements I could have fit three across the back seat. It was compatible facing both directions with both LATCH and seatbelt.
I also had great success installing the Coccoro in a Pontiac Vibe. There were no significant installation issues and the seat offers great flexibility to those with multiple children. I was also able to get several combinations of a Coccoro and 2 Radians three-across. It’s tight, but do-able. Two Coccoros and a Radian would have worked as well.
Some great features:
The Combi Coccoro is a great seat for newborns to use to skip the infant seat. Fits small babies nicely and will last longer than any infant seat.
This seat is great for anyone trying to fit three seat across and/or fit a seat rear-facing in a vehicle without much leg room or a tall front driver/passenger.
This seat feels substantial and well-made, not flimsy or cheap at all.
I love the colors. It’s nice to have something besides black, grey, tan, and pink.
The instruction manual is excellent and stresses over and over the importance of rear-facing, correct installation, and other things that many other manuals seem to inadequately cover.
Push-on lower anchor attachments would make this seat much easier to uninstall quickly when using LATCH.
The puzzle buckle is a frustration for me. Not as bad as others I have used, but frustrating none the less.
Light mesh fabric. After two days of use for my toddler there was some light snagging where his feet hit when rear-facing. I purposely didn’t use the seat when I was going where he may get dirty. There are dusty-looking hand prints on the top of the seat from being touched by other kids/adults while the baby was using the seat for 2 weeks. I plan on taking the cover off to wash and reporting back how easy that is. With a walking toddler I’d imagine it would need to be washed often to not look grungy all the time. Velcro shoes would not be wise.