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Baby seats in a 182



Dr Jekyll

ClioSport Club Member
I'm sure some have had a baby seat in a mk2 clio. When my wife goes back to work in August, she will be dropping our son at her mum and dad's for them to child care and I will pick him up when I finish work so will need a child seat.

Just wandering what ones people have had/got.

Here's a pic of the little guy looking awesome! 😎

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frayz

ClioSport Club Member
They're a little bulkier but id deffo go with something you can swivel. Makes putting them in and out so much easier.
We bought a pair of Britax Romer Dualfix Isize mate. I've not put one in the 182 but you're welcome to try. Goes from 6 months to 4 years (or 18kg)
 

MLB

ClioSport Club Member
Standard front seats have isofix don't they?

Definitely be easier if you could fit a swivel one. We had a Joie i-Spin 360, brilliant unit, very sturdy, good system but it is massive, had to get rid as it didn't fit behind our seats in a BMW 1 series.

Now using a maxi cosi one with the detachable seat so you can use it with multiple bases and put the little one in outside the car if you need to. That's only till about 15 months I think, which is when they switch to forward facing smaller units anyway.

Might be worth going to Halfords and try a couple to see if they fit?
 
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Dr Jekyll

ClioSport Club Member
Sorry, I should have mentioned that we currently have a Joie 360 i-spin in my wife's car and yes the 182 has isofox.

I should try it really, but was just seeing what others have had or got.
 

Cads

ClioSport Club Member
  Mazda 6, Cayman 981
It’s a back breaker getting a baby into the back!!
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This Maxi Cosy thing wasn’t ISOFix but the belts do a decent job of stopping an adult, I always figured they’d hold a seat with baby in pretty well.
 

loggyboy

ClioSport Club Member
We used a Quinny pushchair that mated with a Cabrio fix carry car seat, on an isofix base, fitted fine but not huge space for seat to go back far but ok on the rear passenger side.
After that we moved on to Britax Duo plus which was isofix and took our 2 girls from carry car seat thru to backed booster seats.
All fine in a 182 but spent most of the time in Ex's Megane, but when we separated I bad both in my 182, one in a backed booster and one in Duoplus for a couple of years with no issues before they both moved to boosters.
 

Touring_Rob

ClioSport Club Member
I think we had a Maxi-cosi when ours was little - what ever had the best rating on Which - they do quite extensive testing. Now he is 4 he goes in the front of the 182 and can do his own belt up, climb in so has made life much easier - I forget what brand he has now but again its one from the Which recommended list.

I think the ones with the swivel bases are great for larger cars but I don't think they would work well in the back of the 182, plus if your anything like us you will want to swap seats between cars fairly often and the bigger/heavier they are the more annoying it is with a 3dr.

I never had any issues at all putting him in the back when young I would often just get in the back with him to sort belts out etc then sqeeze out, but I'm only 5'7 so it wouldn't be near so easy if I was a proper sized adult.

We have a big comfy Lexus for mother duties, but his favorite by a long shot is the Clio... because he can sit in the front, which is good fun as they get older. Fucker complains about my driving now, told me his mummy was a much smoother driver the other day, bugger.
 

Touring_Rob

ClioSport Club Member
Also - I'm pretty confident that any seat will physically fit in the back of the Clio, the ISO fix points are standardised and the rear bench is quite generous for such a little car. Plus the mk2 Clio is unusually safe for a car of its size and age.
 

Dr Jekyll

ClioSport Club Member
Haha, nah clio is staying. (Writes a for sale next week!)

The plan is to keep a car seat in wife's car and buy another to keep in the clio.

I will try the one we have in the clio and I'd imagine the 360 will come in handy, being a 3 door, but it will be bulky.
 

Big Toe

ClioSport Club Member
  Clio Campus
I’ve got a Joie 360 spin but as mentioned it was too big for the Clio. Makes it easier to get them in the front but a bit pointless for the back without rear doors.

I’d say it was a bit too big even for our mk4 clio in the back. Fits fine but when the baby gets a bit bigger then leg room becomes an issue for forward facing.

Bought it when I had a bigger car but ended up buying a smaller belted one for the clio. Isofix tends to make the seats bulkier than the belted ones.
 

Porl

ClioSport Club Member
Try the one you have but if it's too big definatly find a shop you can goto and try others. The seat we had wouldn't fit in a clio so I bought a 225 instead so try before you buy (a megane😂).
 

andy_con

ClioSport Club Member
  clio 182
Baby sit on the back and box on the roof.

I had two baby seats in mine for over a year
 

Touring_Rob

ClioSport Club Member
Try the one you have but if it's too big definatly find a shop you can goto and try others. The seat we had wouldn't fit in a clio so I bought a 225 instead so try before you buy (a megane😂).
Although it feels odd saying it because these days they seem useless for everything else other than bikes - Halfords are pretty good in this area, they will trial fit seats all day until your happy.
 

Big Toe

ClioSport Club Member
  Clio Campus
Although it feels odd saying it because these days they seem useless for everything else other than bikes - Halfords are pretty good in this area, they will trial fit seats all day until your happy.
They get a bad rep and get called Halfrauds. I find those people are trying to distance themselves from some dubious Ripspeed purchases in 2004
 

Touring_Rob

ClioSport Club Member
My first job was at Halfords back in the Ripspeed hayday from age 16-19 and it was great fun. Sadly these days they all wear silly head sets, few tuning parts and have about half the number of staff on the shop floor, my mate is a manager for one of their stores and sadly I think they are well going down the pan car wise. But generally for bikes and baby seats they seem pretty straight up.
 

Dr Jekyll

ClioSport Club Member
Saw this today and got a demo done. Seems like a good alternative to isofix base mounts, but still uses the isofix rear mounts and with the backplate supplied, the top tether goes over the top of the rear bench and hooks back onto the isofix rear mount. 360 too which is what I'd ideally like.

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Sash

ClioSport Club Member
  A Yellow One
I wanna know how most of us* survived being chucked on the back seat in a carry cot 😂




*by most of us I mean those born before the 90’s and before cars even had rear seatbelts
 

Porl

ClioSport Club Member
I wanna know how most of us* survived being chucked on the back seat in a carry cot 😂




*by most of us I mean those born before the 90’s and before cars even had rear seatbelts
Maybe because cars were smaller and the roads the same size as they are now there was just more space to not drive into each other, so less dead babies in crashed cars🤷‍♂️. Having driven down the A1 this afternoon and witnessed what I can only describe as a procession of utter fuckwittery the more padding a kids seat has the better I'd say.
 
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Touring_Rob

ClioSport Club Member
I wanna know how most of us* survived being chucked on the back seat in a carry cot 😂




*by most of us I mean those born before the 90’s and before cars even had rear seatbelts

I was in a big smash when I was 2ish, mother totalled her Vauxhall Chevette head on into some poor chaps XR3i. I was in the standard late 80's type child seat (so properly s**t by today's standard). Car was a total wreck - mum broke her nose on A pillar and broke her ankle on the brake pedal but my sis and I were fine (sure I would have been a r****d either way). It's the 70's kids that must have had survival issues!

So anything better than that has only got to be a good thing. There was a good article about how ABS and traction have made modern drivers more likely to have accidents, imagine what self driving is going to do for tomorrow's mong.

Ps seat looks good. If this is for back of Clio I'd maybe shoot for something smaller as the seats are annoying to get in and out. We found that you either buy two seats or end up swapping them between cars an annoying amount.
 

Dr Jekyll

ClioSport Club Member
To be fair, we've done that also. Baby grows up so quick, but we always make sure its not from a skanky home. Spme of the stuff we've got had been unused/new.

Unfortunately I can't swap seats as I'd need to have my own to pick him up after work, before my wife finishes.
 

Dr Jekyll

ClioSport Club Member
Thanks Paul. The Joie 360 spin we have is certainly bulky. The one I posted above looks to be slimmer, but I think it's more what it's like when it's reclined and spinning.

That was in Smyths and they did say I could try there demo seat above in my car to try before you buy.
 

Aaron..

ClioSport Club Member
Have you spun that seat around so it's rear facing in the back and seen how much you need to move the passenger seat forward? That's an issue with big bulky seats in a small car I've found. They are fine once forward facing though.
Or haven't you had it in the car yet?
 

Cribert

ClioSport Club Member
  Cup 172
These seats are massive. We’ve got a joie 360 I spin and it fits in the 3 series but the passenger seat needs to be moved forward a decent bit for it to fit well. They also weigh a bloody tonne😂
 

jtracer90

ClioSport Club Member
  clio 172
I have a recaro baby seat in my Clio it fits mint and looks class too me and mrs both have them she has a really light blue one which goes well with her rb 182
 

Big Toe

ClioSport Club Member
  Clio Campus
I have a recaro baby seat in my Clio it fits mint and looks class too me and mrs both have them she has a really light blue one which goes well with her rb 182
I wouldn’t put my kid in a Recaro seat, no matter how “class” I thought it looked. I’d rather they were safe
 

Big Toe

ClioSport Club Member
  Clio Campus
I had a recaro baby seat and it was solid as f**k. Much more sturdy that the mamma's and papas s**t.
To give some context to my comments. When my Mrs was pregnant a story came out about Recaro seats that snapped. It’s stuck with me so I can’t trust them.
 
It's one of the reasons I've kept the Clio over any other hot hatch, the isofix mounting points on the front seat provides so much flexibility. Just don't forget to switch off the passenger airbag using the key.
 
  172 Turbo
To give some context to my comments. When my Mrs was pregnant a story came out about Recaro seats that snapped. It’s stuck with me so I can’t trust them.
Recaro baby seats or the recaro seat in the crash video where the back collapses?
 


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